In the Chemical Platform session of 11th March representatives of chemical sector companies talked about climate policy of the European Union, EU-US trade relations and developing innovation. Mr Jacek Męcina, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy was a guest at the meeting held in the seat of the Employers of Poland.
Platform members stated that the EU's plans for climate policy 2030, involving the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions by 40 percent and improving energy efficiency by 27 percent, generate additional costs, which may significantly limit the competitiveness of the European chemical industry. Participants of the meeting also came to the conclusion that the objectives set by the European Commission are contradictory. On the one hand, the European Commission speaks of the need to reindustrialize Europe, on the other hand it is developing a long-term strategy in the field of climate protection blocking industrial development.
One of the topics was the possibility of obtaining EU funds in the new financial perspective for 2014-2020, programs such as Horizon 2020 or Smart Development. A joint meeting with the Platform of European Funds is scheduled in the second half of May.
The Secretary of State In the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Jacek Męcina suggested to initiate a programme of health and safety under the patronage of his department for improving health and safety in enterprises of the chemical industry.
Deputy Minister, Mr Męcina and the Employers of Poland recognize the need to revise the rules regarding social labour inspectors. In his opinion, the social labour inspection does not need to be regulated in a separate act but requires modifications and should be regulated with the currently binding acts.
Jacek Męcina also announced that the Ministry of Labour had prepared proposals for changes in the collective labour law, related primarily to modifying the principles of representativeness of trade unions and the principles of collective bargaining.
The session was attended by: Adam Leszkiewicz, Chair of the Platform, Chairman of the Board and General Director of Zakłady Azotowe Kędzierzyn within Grupa Azoty, Marian Rybak - Chairman of the Board of Zakłady Azotowe "Puławy" within Grupa Azoty, Zenon Pokojski - Deputy Chairman of the Board of Zakłady Azotowe "Puławy", Tomasz Ptaszyński – Chairman of the Board and General Director of Zakłady Chemiczne "NITRO-CHEM", and Marlena Krohn – Managing Director of Grupa Boryszew.