It is impossible to talk about the chemical sector in Brussels without mentioning the European Chemical Industry Council. Cefic employs 49 full time lobbyists inhouse and represents large, medium and small chemical companies across Europe, which directly provide 1.2 million jobs and account for almost 15% of world chemical production.
Cefic spends around €12 million annually on lobbying in-house and through external counsel which is the highest lobbying spending in the EU transparency register of any organisation. The largest chemical companies are also significant Brussels players in their own right with four of them (Bayer, ExxonMobil, BASF, Dow) in the top 10 of all corporate spenders according to the EU transparency register.
The chemicals industry is one of Europe’s largest manufacturing sectors. As an ‘enabling industry’, it plays a pivotal role in providing innovative materials and technological solutions to support Europe’s industrial competitiveness. The chemicals industry produces petrochemicals, polymers, basic inorganics, specialties, and consumer chemicals. The sector is currently undergoing rapid structural change as it faces major challenges, including increased competition from other countries and rising costs.