Brussels – A group of CEOs from leading chemicals and automotive companies have called on the EU leaders to have a united front in their move to tackle the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic.
“Member states have rightfully taken the lead [in fighting Covid] in recent weeks, but this unfortunately leads us to a scattered landscape of national measures,” said a 22 April letter signed by 23 CEOs.
To recover from the crisis, the letter noted, “only European solutions can work, putting the single market as the central instrument.”
The letter urged the political leaders to work on “a strong Europe”, to ensure the smooth transportation of essential goods and flow of services across our borders, such as medical, pharmaceutical, food and energy.
Versalis CEO and president of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Daniele Ferrari, as well as BASF CEO Martin Brudermueller, Solvay CEO Ilham Kadri and ACEA president Micheal Manley were among the signatories to the letter.