Who we are

The European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) represents the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, rubber and plastics industries in Europe.

The European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) represents the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, rubber and plastics industries in Europe. As a Brussels-based social affairs organisation it is a recognised social partner and a consultative body for the European Commission, Parliament and other stakeholders. Through our members, we represent approximately 3.3 million direct employees in more than 94.000 enterprises. The sector is one of the biggest and most dynamic industries in the EU.

ECEG groups national employers’ federations of the chemical sector from 18 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

ECEG acts on behalf of the employers of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, rubber and plastics industries (code 20, 21 and 22), based on the statistical classification of economic activities in the European Community (NACE). The representativeness was confirmed by the Eurofound representativeness study published in November 2014. The scope of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the European Chemical Industry was officially enlarged in May 2015 by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Ms Marianne Thyssen, and European Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue as well as a Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis.

ECEG exchanges on a regular basis with the cross-industry social partner BUSINESSEUROPE and several industry associations, such as Cefic, EFPIA, EUPC and its flagship initiative VinylPlus as well as ETRMA.


Yves Verschueren


Paolo Cuneo

Chair of the Steering Committee

Emma Argutyan

Director General

Silke Voigt

Policy Executive

Simon Marsh

Health & Safety and Demographic Change

Jochen Wilkens

Competitiveness Employment and industrial Policy

Koen Laenens

Education and Lifelong Learning

Contact us

T +32 2 238 97 74

ECEG’s Board members


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In 2001 a number of national employers’ associations of the chemical industry decided to engage in social affairs at European level. This set-forth the foundation of the European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) by 11 founding national employers’ associations in January 2002.  Currently, ECEG represents 18 national members, which are related to up- and downstream industries.

In 2004 on behalf of the European Chemical Industry ECEG entered into a formalised Social Dialogue in the form of a Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (SSDC) together with its social partner, the then European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation (EMCEF).

The EMCEF dissolved and merged into industriAll European Trade Union in May 2012.

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 celebrated its 10th anniversary.