EU policymakers see chemicals sector essential, finds new survey

EU policymakers see chemicals sector essential, finds new survey

10:51 PM, 2nd October 2011
EU policymakers see chemicals sector essential, finds new survey


MADRID, SPAIN: EU policymakers see an important role for the chemicals sector and its products in society, but public trust remains an issue, according to a first-ever, Cefic-commissioned EU policymakers survey released recently.

An overwhelming majority of respondents who represent the three main EU policy-making bodies recognize that chemicals are an essential element of people’s lives, the survey conducted by Fleishman-Hillard concludes. Seventy-two per cent of the sample, who know the chemical industry well, agreed that chemicals are central to innovation and growth.

Ninety per cent of those polled agreed to some degree that the sector provides an important contribution to the economy, with eighty-two per cent seeing the sector at the heart of EU innovation and economic growth for the foreseeable future. But respondents also perceive that the sector suffers from a low level of public trust in Europe.

“The results show that policymakers find it difficult to support the sector due to its perceived lack of transparency in eyes of other groups and general public. The industry needs to be on the front foot, show passion and innovate in the way we engage,” said Giorgio Squinzi, President, Cefic.

Two-thirds of survey participants viewed the trade group as a clear source of information on the industry and a valued partner to address Europe’s most important societal and economic challenges. The survey conclusions give a sense that there is room for improvement for the industry, especially in its interaction with people. Feedback from interviews also reveals that policymakers tend to rate the industry as a respected stakeholder, but they don’t see the sector as presenting a credible, practical vision for the future.

The need for a long-term vision and a renewed commitment to engage with society in effective ways, formed the conclusion of the debate.

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