▷ For a strong medium-sized chemical company – memorandum from VCI and IGBCE union

29.11.2021 – 10:39

Association of the Chemical Industry (VCI)

Frankfurt/Main (ots)

  • Relieve electricity prices, abolish the EEG surcharge, expand renewable energies
  • Design and implement the EU chemicals strategy in a way that is compatible with SMEs
  • Reduce bureaucracy and cut approval times in half

In a joint memorandum, the Association of the Chemical Industry (VCI) and the IGBCE chemical union appeal to the future federal government to improve the general conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises in the industry. “Medium-sized companies in the chemical-pharmaceutical industry can hardly survive the worsening of the framework conditions in international competition. A rethink here urgently needs to take place and politicians systematically counteract this,” emphasizes Henrik Follmann, Chairman of the Committee for Independent Entrepreneurs in the VCI. Good approaches in the coalition agreement of the future federal government must now be translated into concrete political action.

Looking at the plans of the “traffic light” in the Energy policy The organizations welcome the fact that the EEG surcharge, which is particularly burdensome for SMEs, is to be financed from the federal budget in future. So far, medium-sized chemical companies have largely shouldered around 1.2 billion euros in annual contributions, for which there are hardly any exceptions. “Germany’s energy prices are a burden both for the industrial location and for social peace,” says IGBCE chairman Michael Vassiliadis. “We also need a radical energy turnaround for the tax burden. The transformation will not succeed without a multiple of climate-neutral electricity – and that is affordable for every citizen and every company.”

Small and medium-sized companies are also very concerned about the plans of the EU Commission to “Chemicals strategy for sustainability “. Numerous regulations on classification, labeling and environmental protection are to be changed. Brussels is also planning blanket regulations for groups of substances with certain properties Significantly reduce chemicals – and with it the number of medium-sized companies and jobs. “The new chemicals strategy must maintain the scientific risk assessment,” demands VCI President Christian Kullmann. “Ideologically motivated bans on individual substances would not only affect companies, but also the development of new ones , throw back sustainable products for climate protection. Nobody in Brussels can want that – and not even in Berlin. “

A big problem for the middle class is the current extent of bureaucracy Too bureaucratic and therefore slow approval procedures due to rigid administrative structures paralyze the middle class. IGBCE and VCI therefore expect the federal government to cut planning and approval times in half. By shortening deadlines and digitizing the processes in the authorities, there is considerable leeway so that approval processes become faster, according to IGBCE and VCI.

Job guarantor and reliable factor for prosperity in the regions

In the chemical-pharmaceutical industry in Germany, over 90 percent of the companies are medium-sized. These 1,900 mostly family-run businesses with around 175,000 employees generate sales of over 61 billion euros. That corresponds to a good 30 percent of the total turnover in the industry. Often located away from the metropolitan areas, SMEs are a reliable factor on site and offer secure, qualified jobs and attractive training opportunities for young people. In no other country in the world do small and medium-sized chemical companies play such an important economic and structural role as in Germany.

The VCI represents the economic and political interests of over 1,700 German chemical and pharmaceutical companies as well as German subsidiaries of foreign corporations vis-à-vis politics, authorities, other areas of business, science and the media. In 2020, the industry had sales of almost 190 billion euros and employed around 464,000 people.

The Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IGBCE) is the second largest industrial union in Germany with more than 600,000 members. It shapes the employment relationships for a good 1.1 million employees in more than a dozen industries, including chemicals / pharmaceuticals / biotech, energy / raw materials / mining, plastics / rubber, paper, ceramics and glass.

Press contact:

IGBCE: Lars Ruzic, Telephone: 0511 7631-135, E-Mail: [email protected]
VCI: Manfred Ritz, Telephone: 069 2556-1550, E-Mail: [email protected]

Original content from: Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI), transmitted by news aktuell


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