Trilateral Strategy for the Chemical Industry - 2nd High Level Event

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Monday 16 March 2020 - 18:00 to 20:00

Cross-border Cooperation of the Netherlands, Flanders, and North-Rhine Westphalia

The Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Flemish region, and the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia are forming the heartland of Europe´s chemical sector. Combined, they account for one in every two euros in terms of chemical industry turnover in Europe.

The three ministers and the three branch organisations of the chemical industry, VCI, VNCI and Essenscia organise a High-Level Event to present you the state of play of the Trilateral Strategy.


Practical Information

Date: 16th of March 2020 – 17.30 hrs. until 20.30 hrs.

Venue: Flemish Parliament, Room De Schelp, IJzerenkruisstraat 99, Brussels



17:00 Entrance and registration, with drink and bites

Welcome and introduction

By Ms. Hilde Crevits, Vice-Minister-President of the Government of Flanders, Flemish Minister for Economy, Innovation, Work, Social economy and Agriculture

Progress in the three working groups, by the chairs and participating companies

  • Energy & Feedstock - Chair Ms. Els Brouwers, Head of Energy, Climate and Economy, Essenscia
  • Innovation - Chair Mr. Bert Kip, CEO Brightlands Chemelot Campus and Mr. Frederik Hoornaert, Director of Cracker Business Europe at SABIC
  • Infrastructure - Chair Mr. Gerd Deimel and Mr. Thomas Basten, Vice President, Head of Logistics – Pipelines, Evonik Technology & Infrastructure GmbH

The chemical cluster as innovative, cross-border network, with       

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Ms. Greet Van Eetvelde, Head of Energy & Innovation Policy, INEOS
  • Mr. Maarten Camps, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands
  • Mr. Thomas Van de Velde, Senior Vice President Hydrocarbons & Energy, Borealis

View from a European perspective

Mr. Peter Dröll, Director of Industrial Technologies in the Research and Innovation Directorate, European Commission
19:45 Wrap-up
20:00 Walking diner


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Afdeling Strategie en Coördinatie
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