Europäischer Sozialpartner-Dialog

Aufnahme eines permanenten Sozialpartner-Dialogs

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European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG)
and the
European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers Federation (EMCEF),
having in mind the European Chemical Industry

  • ranks 1St by size in the world,
  • employs 1.7 million people directly in Europe and an even larger number of employees are dependent on the chemical industry indirectly,
  • is composed as well of large multinational companies as of many successful small and medium sized entities,
  • having a positive trade balance, playing a key role for the export position of the European Economy as a whole and,
  • contributes by its innovations and activities to the success of many other sectors and the European Economy as a whole;

decided to start a permanent dialogue between the social partners in the European Chemical Industry in order to contribute to the creation of a favourable climate for the competitiveness of the sector and the employment in the industry and in order to develop the social dimension of Europe.


EMCEF and ECEG believe that the future of the chemical industry depends on the one hand on the growth of investments leading to ever greater efforts toward innovation in new products and new production technologies. This future will depend on the other hand on the active contribution made by highly qualified staff who work resolutely for innovation and technical progress. Thereby ECEG and EMCEF are aware of the importance of creating and safeguarding high standards in health, safety and the environment in order for the industry to be accepted well by the population and attaches particular importance to developing qualifications in initial and continuous training.


For this ECEG and EMCEF attest to the importance of developing constructive social dialogue at national level and stress how important it is to develop the dialogue on European level.


Dialogue between the social partners builds confidence at national and European level. It must also strengthen investors' confidence in the development of the chemical industry and contribute to improving and disseminating Europe's scientific and technical culture as well as the culture of continuing education.


EMCEF and ECEG are fully committed to the high attention which has to be given to matters concerning safety, health and the environment. Therefore the European Chemical Industry

  • Commits itself to making investments continuously in order to boost environmental performance;
  • Will continue to develop its successful approach to voluntary commitments.

ECEG and EMCEF are convinced

  • That public standards and rules must be defined and applied on an adequate and balanced way, taking into account the industry's voluntary commitment, the social partners' initiatives and the objective of the development of the industry and its employment. In this sense, the work of regulatory authorities plays an important role in achieving high standards for the industry;
  • it is necessary, taking into account the role of the different public authorities on local, regional, national and European level, to assure the coherence of their policies as well as to apply a cost / benefit analysis to the management of the public regulations of all of these authorities;
  • management, employees and social partners with their experience and expertise in the sector play a key role in achieving an efficient balance between public regulations on the one hand and the competitiveness of the sector on the other hand.

EMCEF and ECEG are convinced the permanent dialogue between the Social Partners will contribute to achieve these common interests. A continuous and constructive development of the social relations systems of the Chemical Industry in the European countries is essential also for an efficient collaboration with public authorities on all levels. Thereby the Dialogue between the European Social Partners aims to create added value for the industry and its employees on the European level.


Permanent sectoral dialogue between the social partners at European level will mean concretely that:

  • Every year a conference will be organized by the social partners similar to those that have already been held in Milan in March 2001, in Berlin in December 2001 and now in Paris;
  • High-level meetings will be held regularly involving the Presidents and the Bureaus of the two organizations;
  • When needed joint working groups will be set up to work on specific issues of common interest.

By creating a permanent dialogue between the social partners at European level ECEG and EMCEF also commit themselves to seek areas of joint interest that may lead to a coordinated approach.

Paris, 4th December 2002