With the upcoming revision of the EU chemicals legislation in sight, BusinessEurope is organising a conference to address some of the main questions regarding the impact on the European industry and beyond. Not only the chemicals industry, but also many downstream sectors like transport, electronics or textiles, which depend on chemical products will be impacted, not to mention workers and consumers. We will discuss how industry can contribute to a legal framework which achieves the objectives of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability without compromising EU competitiveness.
Draft agenda - 9.30-13.30 (Brussels time)
Welcoming by Laura Shields, moderator
Opening statement by
Markus J. Beyrer, Director General, BusinessEurope
Keynote address by
Martin Brudermüller, Chief Executive Officer, BASF
"Chemistry in the EU economy: relevance and future under new regulations"
followed by short Qs&As
Panel 1: Managing chemicals safely for consumers and workers
In this first panel, we will address the following issues: What will be the impact of a revised EU chemical legislation based on hazard rather than risk management? How will it affect industrial downstream users and workers? How to ensure complementarity between REACH and occupational health and safety legislations?
Kristin Schreiber, Director for chemicals, European Commission DG Grow
Maike Niggemann, Policy Advider, IndustriAll Europe
Karen Alvarenga, Head of regulatory affairs for biodiversity, fragrance & beauty, Givaudan
Martin Wieske, Head occupational health and safety, WirtschaftsVereinigung Metalle e.V.
Moderator: Laura Shields - followed by Qs&As
Panel 2: Making the 'essential use' concept work
In the second panel, we will address the following issues: Can essentiality be defined? What is the consumer's perspective? How to avoid collateral damages on the economy?
Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General, European Commission DG Environment
Tatiana Santos, Policy Manager, chemicals & nanotechnology, European Environmental Bureau
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