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EU Projects

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Erasmus+ Programme (Key Action 2) - "ChemSkills: enabling the green and digital skills transformation of the chemical industry"

Start date: September 2023

End date: August 2027

Project partners: 33 full project partners and 2 associated partners


  • The main goal of the project is to respond to the current green and digital skills needs for the chemical industry, alongside developing competencies to produce “safe and sustainable chemicals by design”. 

  • To identify gaps between the industry needs and the currently offered education programmes. 

  • To develop new curricula, education and training programmes for all levels of education (EQF 3 - 8), as well as for the up-/re-skilling of the workforce on the basis of industrial developments and future skills needs expectations.

  • To cover most of the “subsectors” of the energy-intensive ecosystem, all parts of the chemical industry, namely 1) consumer chemicals, 2) petrochemicals, 3) pharmaceuticals, 4) rubber, 5) plastics and 6) fertilisers.

Erasmus+ Programme (Key Action 2) - "Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis - A Cross-Sectoral Blueprint for a Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE-SAIS)"

Start date: January 2020

End date: June 2024

Project partners: 34 project partners


  • The project aims to develop an industry-driven and proactive skills strategy. 

  • To assist the wider implementation and exploitation of industrial symbiosis and energy efficiency across the energy-intensive industrial sectors represented in SPIRE: chemicals, steel, engineering, non-ferrous metals, minerals, water, cement, and ceramics. 

  • To develop educational modules, tools and to identify new skills, including digital skills. 

  • To anticipate the skills requirements of the industry and to allow proactive practical activities to meet the future skills needs of the energy Intensive Industries in Europe and beyond.


Past projects


“On the Road to Climate Neutrality 2050 – the Role of Social Partners in the Decarbonisation of the Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Rubber and Plastics Industries” 

Start date: February 2021

End date: May 2023

Project partners: industriAll European Trade Union (main applicant) and ECEG (co-applicant)


  • To develop scenarios regarding technological pathways and their impact on companies and workers in the decarbonisation of the industries.

  • To identify main topics for social partners in this context.

  • To develop tools and recommendations for social dialogue in this context.

  • To increase the level of trust between social partners and enhance the quality of social dialogue by working and developing scenarios and solutions together.

Final report: [EN], [DE], [FR], [IT], [ES], [HU] 

VP/2019/001 Support for Social Dialogue entitled “Identifying and Meeting Digital Skills Needs in the European Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Rubber, and Plastics Industry – Social Partner Initiative to prepare the Sector now and for the Future”

Start date: January 2020

End date: October 2022

Project partners: ECEG, European Federation of Managerial Staff in the Chemical and Allied Industries (FECCIA) and Ledarna (Swedish Federation of managerial staff in the chemical industry)



  • To identify advanced and specific digital skills currently needed. To anticipate skills-sets for the future on all levels of the workforce (workers, managerial staff, employers). 

  • To develop new skills’ profiles, amend the existing ones and devise general frameworks for upskilling trainings on the basis of above mentioned analysis.

  • To develop strategies that would help to amend existing curricula of universities and Vocational Training Institutions.


Curricula Framework for Academia and Vocational Traning Institutes: [EN], [DE], [ES], [FR], [HR], [IT]

Curricula Framework for Employers: [EN], [DE], [ES], [FR], [HR], [IT]

Curricula Framework for Managers: [EN], [DE], [ES], [FR], [HR], [IT]

Curricula Framework for VET Courses for Workers: [EN], [DE], [ES], [FR], [HR], [IT]

Start date: January 2018

End date: December 2019

Project partners: ECEG (main applicant) and industriAll European Trade Union (co-applicant)


  • To identify the maturity of the digital transformation in the chemical sector across the EU based on the EU-wide research survey and expert interviews. 

  • To identify the impact of innovation and digital transformation in three domains: skills, working patterns and health & safety.

  • To draft joint recommendations based on the survey results.

  • You can find the research study here.


Start date: December 2015

End date: December 2017

Project partners: ECEG and industriAll European Trade Union and FECCIA


  • To encourage young workers who look for employment opportunities in the chemical industry to increase their mobility to seek job opportunities across Europe. 

  • To offer qualified support through a dedicated mentoring network, supported by both employees and employers

  • To help them to improve their working life.

  • The project included a Mobility Mentoring Portal (MMP), a collation of current mobility patterns, an E-handbook for mentors, four Mobility Mentoring Workshops (MMW) and two international conferences.

Start date: December 2014

End date: December 2016

Project partners: ECEG and industriAll European Trade Union


  • To develop a joint framework of actions, the Roadmap 2015 – 2020. 

  • To re-evaluate & follow-up on the “European Framework Agreement on Competence Profiles for process operators and first line supervisors in the chemical industry.” Originally signed in 2011.

Start date: December 2012

End date: December 2013

Project partners: ECEG, European Federation of Managerial Staff in the Chemical and Allied Industries (FECCIA) and industriAll European Trade Union


Setting up a European sector council on employment and skills needs for the chemical sector, 2012

Start date: December 2011

End date: December 2013

Project partners: ECEG, EMCEF and FECCIA


  • To develop strategies to counteract the negative effects of demographic change in the chemical industry in Europe through the promotion of active ageing. These strategies ranged from attractive jobs and increasing the employment quota of older employees to sustainable age management. 

  • The project results included a survey of age management practices (“Active Ageing in the European Chemical Industry”) and an Age Management Toolkit which includes a demographic QuickCheck and a Demography Compass for chemical companies to assess the age structure and qualifications of employees within the company or to launch a detailed age structure analysis.

Start date: December 2009

End date: December 2011

Project partners: ECEG, EMCEF and FECCIA


  • To provide the first ever sector-specific study into how demographic change effects the European Chemical Industry in seven major countries: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. 

  • To provide a demographic overview and to analyse the national and regional demographic developments in each of the countries.

  • To investigate the national labour supply for the chemical industry and to project these onto the demographic structure in 2030.

The Impact of Demographic Change on the Chemical Industry in Europe is available here:

Further information: 

You can find further information by visiting the library which comprises work programmes, agendas, minutes and other documentation from the sectoral social dialogue committee.

Past projects
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