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About us

Chemistry making a world of difference 

the European Chemical Industry Council:
One vision, One voice

Cefic is the Brussels-based organization representing the European chemical industry.

Cefic represents, directly or indirectly, about 29,000 large, medium and small chemical companies which employ about 1.3 million people and account for nearly a third of world chemical production.

Cefic was incorporated in 1972 as an international association with scientific objectives. It is constantly reviewing its priorities, its structures and its ways of operating in order to adapt to new circumstances and challenges. For more information, please read the Cefic statutes as adopted on 21 June 2006.

Cefic members are:

  • Corporations, with a production base in Europe and a worldwide turnover in chemicals of more than € 1 billion;

  • European national federations;

  • Sectoral businesses with a production base in Europe and a worldwide turnover in chemicals of less than € 1 billion;

  • Cefic also provides Associate and Partner status for other parties to engage in Cefic’s activities in a more limited but nonetheless relevant capability: chemical corporations with no production base in Europe might join as Cefic Associates , while other entities with a role or an interest in the European chemical sector may join as Cefic Partners .


    Our Vision, Mission, Goals 

    The Vision

    Chemistry making a world of difference

    The Mission

    To maintain and develop a prosperous chemical industry in Europe by promoting the best possible economic, social and environmental conditions to bring benefits to society with a commitment to the continuous improvement of all its activities including the safety, health and environmental performance.

    The Goals

    Enhance member value
    It is essential that the work of Cefic is focused on those issues and activities that are important to the members ensuring that their needs are met, that they are kept properly informed and that the benefits are maximised in a cost effective way.

    Earn public trust
    A successful chemical industry is an essential part of a prosperous and sustainable society. We cannot expect the public to take this for granted so we must demonstrate that we are a responsible partner through our initiatives. Good external communications and dialogue with our stakeholders are central to this theme.

    Achieve effective public policy
    Cefic plays an important part in promoting the development of workable, proportional and predictable and science-based legislation with the authorities while ensuring the continued competitiveness of the industry and protecting the Single market.

    Our Structure 


    Our Organization 

    Cefic's policy is determined by the General Assembly of Members, its Board and its Executive Committee. Their decisions are implemented by a Director General and staff whose offices are in Brussels.

    The General Assembly is composed of all Cefic Members – companies and national associations. It meets once a year and elects the governing Cefic Board and Executive Committee.

    An essential link between Cefic governance and operational levels, the Programme Councils define priorities and policies, working structures and advocacy plans.

    The operational management of Cefic is ensured by the National Associations Board (NAB) , the Industry Sectors Board (ISB) and the Leadership Team , which assists the Director General and has overall responsibility for coordinating and steering the organisation’s activities.

    The European Policy Centre comprises six programmes, backed up by the two corporate Communications and Advocacy functions:

  • Product Stewardship

  • Industrial Policy

  • Energy, HSE and Logistics

  • Build Trust

  • Research and Innovation

  • EU Legislation and Integration

  • The Services Unit addresses both in-house support services and member services.

    There are four Industry Sectors :

  • Fine, Specialty and Consumer Chemicals (FSCC)

  • Petrochemistry

  • Halogens/Euro Chlor

  • PlasticsEurope
  • The General Assembly 

    The General Assembly defines Cefic’s general objectives and provides it with the means and the mandate to attain its mission.

    The General Assembly is composed of all Cefic members –companies and national associations. An Ordinary Meeting of the General Assembly is held at least once a year under the authority of the President.

    The General Assembly sets the general policy, approves the activity report of the Board, elects the Board and the Executive Committee as well as a Nomination Committee, a Finance and Audit Committee, and approves the budget and financial accounts.

    The National Associations Board 

    The National Associations Board (NAB) is an integral part of Cefic’s operational management. It oversees the co-management of horizontal activities and issues; the coordination, alignment, endorsement and review of SIG proposals as well as the staffing of SIGS.

    The NAB coordinates the implementation of advocacy plans for European issues at national level and manages deployment of European issues in the countries.

    NAB Members:

    Colette Alma-Zeestraten (VNCI, The Netherlands)
    Claudio Benedetti (Federchimica, Italy)
    Stephen Elliott (CIA, UK) AFEM Chairperson
    Timur Erk (TSKD, TR)
    Fernando Galbis (FEIQUE, Spain)
    Jean-Claude Lahaut (Cefic)
    Trygve Ostmo (PIBF, Denmark)
    Jean Pelin (UIC, France)
    Alain Perroy (Cefic)
    Stefan Petkanic (ZCHFP, SK)
    Utz Tillmann (VCI)
    Yves Verschueren (Essenscia, Belgium)

    The Industry Sectors Board  

    The Industry Sectors Board (ISB) oversees the co-management of sectoral activities and issues, the clustering together of certain issues on an operational level, as well as the staffing of SIGs. It provides input on horizontal positions embracing all or some sectors and aligns the respective positions of different sectors.

    The ISB also assists the Cefic Director General in orchestrating the Network’s advocacy.

    ISB Members:

    Pierre de Kettenis (Cefic, Petrochemistry)
    Chantal De Cooman (Cefic, Oleochemicals & Surfactants)
    Brigitte Dero (Cefic, Plastic & Rubber Additives)
    Wilfried Haensel (PlasticsEurope)
    Jean-Claude Lahaut (Cefic)
    Alain Perroy (Cefic Director General)
    Friedhelm Schmider (ECPA, European Crop Protection Association)
    Alistair Steel (Euro Chlor, Fine, Specialty and Consumer Chemicals Programme)
    Jan van der Meulen (CEPE)
    Susanne Zänker (AISE, Int. Assoc. for Soaps, Detergents & Maintenance Products)

     The Programmes 

    Cefic's six central programmes are led by the Programme Councils. In defining priorities and policies, working structures and advocacy plans, the Programme Councils are an essential link between Cefic's governance and operational levels.

    The task of each Programme Council chairperson is to ensure - in conjunction with the Cefic Director General - that membership of the council is made up of representatives of companies, associations and sectors with a balanced geographic spread and and the right competencies.

    Programme Council members take into account the full range of views - including minority views - in the process of defining Cefic's position on a particular issue.


    Contact Us

    Avenue E. van Nieuwenhuyse, 4 box 1
    B-1160 Brussels
    Tel: + 32 2 676 72 11
    Fax: + 32 2 676 73 00


    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 April 2009 )
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