25 November 2018 | Pressemitteilung
Risk of hard Brexit is not yet averted ++ Concrete shape of future relations is decisive ++ Declaration on future relationship gives rise to hope for cooperation in the chemicals legislation.
Utz Tillmann, director-general of the German chemical industry association VCI, on the Brexit special summit of the EU-27: “The endorsement of the negotiation results by the heads of state and government is another step on the way to an orderly Brexit. Next steps are the final ratifications of the withdrawal agreement by the European Parliament and the British House of Commons. Until then, there is no all-clear. If ratification fails, there will be a hard Brexit without the transition period that industry needs so urgently.”
Tillmann emphasizes that the course of action for aspects important to the chemical-pharmaceutical industry can be set only after ratification of the withdrawal agreement: “The concrete shape of future relations is decisive. We need a comprehensive partnership, investment and trade agreement, and this will be a good agreement for our industry only if customs barriers are avoided and the same standards in product and chemical safety are kept up.”
Furthermore, Tillmann welcomes that the declaration on the future relationship includes the fundamental intention to cooperate in chemicals law: “The European chemicals regulation with its high demands on the protection of human health and the environment should be maintained in its harmonised form between the EU-27 and the UK. Keeping Great Britain within the EU chemicals agency ECHA after Brexit is essential for the chemical-pharmaceutical industry and our customer industries.”
The VCI represents the politico-economic interests of around 1,700 German chemical companies and German subsidiaries of foreign businesses. For this purpose, the VCI is in contact with politicians, public authorities, other industries, science and media.The VCI stands for over 90 percent of the chemical industry in Germany. In 2017 the German chemical industry realised sales of more than 195 billion euros and employed around 453,000 staff.
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