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Cefic The European
Chemical Industry news
26.03.2020  
EU chemical industry helping to keep critical supply chains running


This week, Cefic welcomed the European Commission’s guidelines on ‘Green Lanes’ to secure EU cross-border freight transport and guarantee supply chains of essential goods.
 
Enabling and transporting supplies of chemicals that are essential for public health, such as biocides for disinfectants and polypropylene fibres for mouth masks, is a key task for the chemical industry right now. With this, last week Cefic sent a letter to the European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen with a number of key suggestions from our logistic experts to quickly allow easier and faster transport of essential goods throughout Europe.


Marco Mensink, Cefic Director General said: “Cefic is working with relevant EU and Member State authorities to ensure essential substances can be moved swiftly across the EU, despite border closures, to prevent shortages of critical supplies.”
 
Cefic will continue to work with all relevant parties to support the chemical industry’s contributions towards overcoming these challenging times.


Read Cefic's Letter to Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen
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Improving carbon circularity to help achieve climate neutrality: Cefic’s “must-dos” ECHA supports EU-wide action against COVID-19
Together with the European Commission, ECHA will support Member States and industry in addressing disinfectant shortages. Bjorn Hansen, ECHA’s Executive Director says: “We are working, together with the Commission, on special arrangements to help Member States and companies get more disinfectants on the market as soon as possible”. Certain deadlines, like invoice payments, will also be handled flexibly. Read more.
Member States encouraged to remove regulatory obstacles to increase disinfectant availability 
In light of a severe shortage of substances due to the impacts of COVID-19, last week the European Biocidal Products Forum, a Sector Group of Cefic, swung into action. A letter from Cefic Director General, Marco Mensink, shared a set of recommendations to European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, urging all Member States to apply the derogation allowed by Article 55 of the BPR1 for substances with reported shortages. The European Commission subsequently sent a communication to Member State competent authorities offering feasible solutions which Cefic warmly welcomed. Access ECHA's dedicated webpage which offers the Agency's supportive actions. 
ICCA call for research proposals on microplastics
The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) is offering funding opportunities for research projects on two specific topics: “Microplastic sediment core feasibility study” and “Microplastic biomonitoring in fish: Assessing the feasibility and conducting a pilot field study”. The deadline to send proposals is 20 April 2020.
Events update 


Please note that due to COVID-19, our events are on hold.
We will provide updates in due course. Thank you for your understanding
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