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New Policy Priorities for Chemical Industry Revealed


A new set of priorities for the chemical industry will be revealed by the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) today during the launch of their new Policy Priorities booklet at the House of Commons, London.

On the eve of the Budget, and as we near the General Election, these issues have a particular significance for policy makers. The booklet argues that the correct public policy framework can help the chemical industry to continue to be productive and innovative and to work sustainably.

Judith Hackitt, CIA Director General said: “The year 2005 is important in political terms, notably in the UK and the European Union, with changes pending and new agendas being developed. Given this background, we wanted to highlight our efforts to achieve a truly sustainable industry, at the same time emphasising how the development of fit-for-purpose, co-ordinated public policy can support us in our aims.”

The priorities announced today are to achieve:

- A supportive trading environment
- A flexible labour market and social system
- Effective safety, health and environmental regulation
- Better land use planning and appreciation of societal risk
- A secure supply of raw materials and utilities at competitive prices
- Appropriate interventions and instruments to tackle climate change
- A competitive tax regime
- Education and training regimes that support a knowledge-based industry
- A high quality science and engineering base
- Support for innovation
- A workable EU Chemicals Policy

Lizzy Ray | alfa
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