The European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN) covers 20 member regions with a well-developed chemical industry throughout Europe. Mazovia Region from Poland is one of the member of ECRN. Other members are: Bavaria (Germany), Brandenburg (Germany), Cheshire West and Chester (UK), Flanders (Belgium), Hesse (Germany), Ida Virumaa (Estonia), Limburg (Netherlands), Lombardy (Italy), Lower Saxony (Germany), North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), Novara (Italy), Rhineland Palatinate (Germany), Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), Scotland (UK), Ústí (Czech Republic), Wallonia (Belgium), Yorkshire & The Humber (UK) and since January 2014 also Baden-Württemberg (Germany).
Secretary of the Steering Committee of the Mazovian Chemical Cluster and the Member of the Management Board of the Mazovia Development Agency, Piotr Popik, serves as a Board Member of ECRN.
ECRN currently consists of 20 chemical regions from all over Europe in which the chemical industry plays a leading and determining role for economic performance, growth and employment. ECRN participates in the European Commission projects (initiated “High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the European Chemical Industry”). ECRN work is focusing on strengthening and maintaining competitiveness by fostering European cooperation of regional actors, developing a European partnership of regional partnerships in chemical regions, articulating common interests of chemical regions to the European institutions, exchange of experience and information, know-how transfer between regional administrations, development of joint cooperation projects in the fields of R&D, innovation. In addition, the network is providing consultation to the European Commission for actions relating to climate change after the term of the Kyoto Protocol from 2012.
Other current projects and priorities developed by ECRN and its partners are in the field of logistics (ChemLog), cluster building (ChemClust), development of skills and innovation, technology platforms (SusChem), REACH (European chemicals policy), emission right trading and climate change. ECRN also works together with relevant stakeholders including CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council), EMCEF (European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers' Federation), ECEG (European Chemical Employers Group), EPCA (European Petrochemical Association), EEN (Enterprise Europe Network), EEB (European Environmental Bureau), national chemical associations, partners for social dialogue etc.
The Project Council of the European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN)
Invitation to participate in the works of the Council was addressed to PPPT by Adam Struzik, the Marshal of the Mazovian Region. Mazovia is represented by Michal Luczewski, President of the Board of PPPT intnterchangeably with PhD. Eng. Marzena Majzner from the Department of Organic Chemistry and Technology, Warsaw University of Technology Branch in Płock - a strategic partner of PPPT. These entities ensure close cooperation between business and science in developing the best solutions for the chemical industry.
The purpose of the Council is to create international links between the leading actors in the chemical industry in the regions states of the European Chemical Regions Network. The Council provides a forum to identify the challenges facing the chemical industry, as well as a platform for exchange of good practices. The newly established structure acts as a broker of projects and initiatives at European level.