Message from the President
The Independent Union of the European Lubricants Industry is a wide network of committed members active in twenty one European countries. This is the main value of our organization, and this is the strength we aim to further each year, on two main levels: a larger membership basis and scope, so that valuable relationships can be forged and our presence be extended to other regions; a more effective and responsive service provided to our Members.
The lubricants industry is becoming more and more present in the political arena. For this reason, UEIL started some years ago a lobbying strategy to get increased visibility at EU political level in order to provide its advice on the political impact of some of the legislation proposed by the EU institutions.
We have on-going lobby campaigns to provide input on taxation, competition and automotive legislation reflecting better UEIL’s views. Concrete examples of UEIL lobby efforts on EU legislation in 2012 are our activities on the review of the energy taxation directive, on the proposal to include lubes under the Excise Movement and Control System, on antitrust rules in the motor vehicle sector, on the new Commission CARS 2020 Action Plan and finally on the review of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals).
During the year 2012, UEIL’s agenda foresaw several meetings in Brussels within the frame of its lobbying strategy to further strengthen and protect the lubricants industry position in Europe. Such encounters with advisors of key decision-makers will continue to happen, in order to ensure the concerns of the lubricants industry are heard and taken into account. Working on the basis of a level playing field, I'm sure that the voice of the lubricants industry will be increasingly heard by stakeholders and public institutions.
We are also very happy that UEIL will soon be commemorating 50 years! I’m personally proud of being President of the association during this important moment. Next year will be a time for reflexion on the path that the organization has done, and the Annual Congress in October will certainly provide us all with an opportunity to do so.
Fabio Dalla Giovanna
President of UEIL