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If you happened to see a copy of this press release last week, you might have been given the impression that ACC and its European counterparts were engaged in a nefarious plot to undermine the very basis for sound chemicals management on both sides of the Atlantic (I’ll have mine with an extra helping of hyperbole, please).
The CIEL-ClientEarth report is so far off-base that any reasonable observer will see right through it. But since it makes a number of claims about what ACC and Cefic are supposedly up to on TTIP, it’s worth taking some time to refute some of the most egregious assertions:
ACC remains a strong supporter of the TTIP negotiations, which have the potential to deliver significant benefits for governments, industry and consumers. Given the early position of the chemical industry in the value chain, the further reduction or elimination of barriers to trans-Atlantic trade in chemicals will have significant benefits for economic growth, job creation, and consumer choice.
It’s no secret that U.S. economic recovery is lagging and that a sound outcome from TTIP can help chemistry change that. But it’s a pity that, in their determination to find a conspiracy under every rock, CIEL and ClientEarth seem to be prepared to miss this much-needed opportunity.
ACC and our European industry counterparts will continue to be open and transparent as the TTIP negotiations move forward, and we would welcome greater engagement from other stakeholders– assuming, that is, they have something constructive to offer.
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