In 2001 a number of national employers’ associations of the chemical industry decided to engage in social affairs at European level.
This was the reason why the European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) was founded by 11 national employers’ associations in January 2002. The main objective of ECEG is to represent the chemical industry’s interests in the field of social affairs and in the European social dialogue as provided for under articles 154 and 155 TFEU. Its members represent the companies of the chemical industry – and in some cases of related, up- and downstream industries, too.
In 2004 ECEG started a formalised social dialogue in the form of a Sector Social Dialogue Committee (SSDC) together with its social partner, the then European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation (EMCEF). In may 2012 the EMCEF dissolved an merged into industriAll.
In December 2009 the General Assembly of ECEG decided to register as an international non-profit association under Belgian law (“aisbl”). This process was finalised in 2011.
In 2012 ECEG will celebrate its 10th anniversary.