The European elections in 2019 present a unique opportunity to reinforce this industry’s commitment to building "a prospering cleaning and hygiene industry which is a role model for serving society in an innovative and sustainable way”. This vision, however, can only be realised within an EU legislative environment that supports these ambitions of growth, competitiveness and innovation.

A.I.S.E. therefore wishes to engage with EU leaders on how to reach the full potential of the EU Single Market. It’s manifesto sets out three recommendations we believe are essential for the next political term:

1. Build a stronger Single Market & ensure better regulation

The industry's recommendations to enable economic growth and legal certainty cover both horizontal and policy and regulatory issues:

Horizontal principles

  1. Protect the industry’s license to operate
  2. Ensure a coherent approach to market surveillance

Policy and regulatory recommendations

  1. Integrate relevant changes to the classification, labelling & packaging and detergents regulations
  2. Ensure the future availability of in-can preservatives for liquid detergents
  3. Recognise the industry’s contribution to the successful implementation of reach
  4. Develop a strong ‘new deal for consumers’ for the benefit of all

2. Close the loop on a circular economy in the EU

The industry's recommendations to accelerate the transition to a cricular economy are:
  1. Innovation rather than taxation
  2. Infrastructure and value-chain collaboration
  3. Legal certainty and essential requirements
  4. A science-based definition of microplastics

3. Strive towards an enhanced institutional framework for policy-making in the EU

The industry's recommendations for an efficient policy-making framework in the EU are:  
  1. Industrial competitiveness as a political priority
  2. A continued dialogue with policy-makers
  3. A clear vision and leadership rather than a coordination role
  4. A pragmatic approach for ECHA
  5. A continued and intensified participation of the European parliament to EU chemicals policy

Download A.I.S.E.'s memorandum to read the full detail of the industry's key messages for European leaders