More legislation than ever before is decided upon at European level. This affects the day-to-day running of a printing company. From what ink you can use and how companies report their emissions, to employment law and health & safety - EU legislation affects it all. So it is vital that the European graphic industry is strongly represented at the European Union.

Intergraf works with the European Commission when potential legislation is considered. With our strong links to Commission DGs and officials, as well as our membership of groups which meet in the Commission to discuss issues at stake, we ensure that concerns of the graphic industry are heard.


We work on three broad areas of EU policy.


1. Competitiveness

Intergraf works on European policy matters that may impact the competitiveness of the European graphic industry. These include:

  • Taxation (VAT on printed products vs digital publications, VAT reform)
  • Data protection
  • Production costs (evolution of paper prices, consumable prices, energy costs, postal rates)
  • Limitation to advertising (through taxation or legislation)
  • Digitalisation (e-government, e-invoicing)
  • Copyright issues (reprography requirements impacting digital printing)
  • Postal infrastructure and services
  • Online selling (e-commerce, payment services)
  • Cross-border selling (VAT, geo-blocking)
  • Industrial policy
  • Labelling requirements
  • Trade (paper duties)
  • Sectoral statistical classification
  • Money laundering
  • Cash control
  • Packaging security features

Primary contact: Laetitia Reynaud


2. Environment

Environmental policy is predominantly decided at European level. Policies on industrial emissions, on the use of chemicals, on waste management or in the future possibly on printing inks are all initiated by the European Commission and follow the European legislative decision-making process. Intergraf is representing the interests of the European graphic industry on the following:

  • Industrial emissions (Best Available Techniques Reference Documents - BREFS)
  • Environmental labels (EU Ecolabel, national schemes)
  • Ecodesign/recyclability/deinkability
  • Timber/forest management (Timber Regulation, chain of custody certification - FSC, PEFC)
  • Carbon/environmental footprint of printed products
  • Carbon/environmental impact of digital
  • Food contact material (mineral oil)
  • Waste policy
  • Paper recycling
  • Single use plastics
  • Chemical policy (titanium dioxide, chromium trioxide)
  • Energy efficiency
  • Corporate social responsibility

Primary contact: Laetitia Reynaud


3. Social Affairs

Intergraf works on social affairs in a number of different ways - primarily via Social Dialogue: organised discussions, consultations and joint actions between employers (Intergraf) and trade unions (UNI Europa Graphical & Packaging) in the printing industry, alongside the European Commission. Our work on social affairs covers the following topics:

  • Social Dialogue
  • Employment policy
  • Skills and qualifications
  • Health & Safety
  • Moving and working in Europe
  • Rights at work
  • Social protection and social inclusion
  • European Pillar of Social Rights
  • EU projects

Primary contact: Alison Grace