Afera and Feica to step up collaboration

Feica and Afera intend to work more closely on pertinent topics, such as the European Green Deal and other regulatory affairs. As the associations communicate, this is regarded as a benefit of the entire industry.

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Afera Regulatory Affairs Manager Pablo Englebienne and Feica Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs Jana Cohrs want to strengthen their existing collaboration through information exchange and industry mobilisation. Afera Secretary General Astrid Lejeune and Feica Secretary General Kristel Ons have formalised this commitment.

“One of our current strategic goals is teaming up with associations in adjacent technologies for additional learning and support where possible,” commented Ms. Lejeune. “We have long valued our European ties with Feica and look forward to deepening our relationship further in a flexible, informal manner.”

“Major topics have to be addressed together”

“I am grateful that we all recognise that major topics like sustainability and the cyclical economy have to be addressed together, by the joining of forces along the entire value chain,” added Afera President Evert Smit, who is also director scouting at Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG.

Likewise, Afera Sustainability Working Group Chairman Martijn Verhagen, who is also principal scientist at Lohmann, said, “I am looking forward to this co-operation as I think it is necessary that various trade organisations work together more closely to tackle important issues on the horizon, such as the European Green Deal.”

Afera Regulatory Affairs Manager Pablo Englebienne remarked that “the pressure from policy developments arising from the European Commission strategies (the European Green Deal, Circular Economy Action Plan, Chemical Strategy for Sustainability and derived initiatives) has significant implications for the value chains represented by both Afera and Feica.” He concluded that “the substantial overlap in chemicals, members and approaches of both associations make it highly relevant to strengthen co-operation whenever possible.”

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