"The result of the UN Climate Conference is too hesitant"
At the conference in Katowice, the international community agreed on a common rulebook for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
EU’s plan for AI paves the European way, but overlooks industrial potential
The EU-Commission convincingly underpins its ambition to coordinate efforts in Europe with the “Coordinated plan for Artificial Intelligence”. However, the VDMA demands a clearer focus on industrial applications.
Progress needed in international climate policy
The mechanical engineering industry calls for a consistent implementation of the Paris Agreement. The global climate targets can only be achieved through an extended use of efficient technologies.
"Brexit - last chance for damage control“
In the view of VDMA, the proposed Brexit agreement is a fair offer to Britain. However, companies should still prepare for a possible hard Brexit.
EU Parliament improves "Horizon Europe" - but misses out on a big opportunity
With the new research framework programme from 2021 to 2027, funding might be distributed according to the watering can principle. However, a targeted programme for key technologies would be important.
Europe pulls in the same direction on energy efficiency
The VDMA believes that the EU targets for energy efficiency and renewable energies by 2030 are ambitious but feasible.
VDMA’s Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann takes over Orgalime Chairmanship
Thilo Brodtmann, VDMA`s Executive Director, takes further responsibility to strengthen the interests of industry at European level.
New hope, but uncertainties remain
In the view of VDMA, latest progress made in the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the EU are positive. However, it is too early to give the all-clear sign.
"Italy's budget plans are an alarm signal for the European industry"
VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann supports the reaction of the EU Commission on the dispute over Italy's budget plans.
"It's easier to post workers to the US than to France"
Bureaucratic hurdles for the posting of workers are a burden for the mechanical engineering industry. In Brussels, the VDMA discussed possible easements in the posting of employees with representatives from politics and industry.


Contacts in Brussels
With the European Office, the VDMA and its experts represent the mechanical engineering in Brussels. Do you have any inquiries or comments? Give us a call or send us an e-mail - we will be happy to help you.
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Holger Kunze
Holger Kunze
Director European Office
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