Interview: Cefic head Marco Mensink on innovation, enforcement and low hanging fruit

The European chemicals industry has come under close scrutiny in recent years, with growing calls from civil society for tougher regulation only reinforced by recent revelations of widespread failures in compliance with the EU's flagship Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). Meanwhile, the European Commission has been under pressure to produce the strategy for a 'non-toxic environment' it failed to publish last year.

With the forthcoming communication on a 'European Green Deal' expected to signal new executive's intentions for chemicals policy, ENDS Europe spoke to the head of Cefic, the sector's main representative body in Brussels. Director general Marco Mensink outlined how the industry is striving to comply with EU law, and why the chemicals sector wants policymakers to focus their forthcoming strategy on innovation and enforcement of existing rules.

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