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Brexit update: The transfer of personal data to the United Kingdom
The EU and the United Kingdom reached on 24 December 2020 a Trade and Cooperation Agreement. This Agreement also contains provisions on the transfer of personal data from the EU to the UK.
VDMA pleads for positive trade relations with the USA under Biden
Under Joe Biden, there is finally an opportunity to achieve a more positive trade relationship between the EU and the US. Now is an opportune moment to enter into talks with the Americans on concluding transatlantic trade agreements, for example on the mutual recognition of conformity assessments.
Our home market Europe
A united and strong Europe is more important now than ever. In the second year since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, it is essential to emerge from the crisis resilient. But what exactly is in store for European policy in 2021?
Brexit update - disruption at the border
Despite the trade and cooperation agreement between the EU and the UK, we can now expect significant disruption at the border, difficulties clearing customs, congestion and other delays.
VDMA: EU investment agreement with China can be an important milestone
The EU's investment agreement with China is expected to bring improvements in market access as well as a leveling of the playing field for European companies. It will be particularly important that the Chinese commitments can be enforced, if necessary.
"EU and Great Britain must remain close partners!"
After years of negotiations on a trade agreement on the UK's exit from the EU, the parties reached an agreement at the last minute. From the perspective of the mechanical engineering industry, this is an important signal for all companies on both sides of the channel.
Consultation on technical criteria under the EU Taxonomy
It is about one and a half years ago since the EU Commission presented its legislative proposal for the so-called Taxonomy Regulation. VDMA now participated in a consultation on technical criteria under the EU Taxonomy.
Two new EU laws that aim to tame online giants
With two proposals for a Regulation, the EU-Commission is entering the next round of its battle with platform operators: while the "Digital Markets Act" is intended to limit the market power of large service providers, the "Digital Services Act" wants to regulate how platforms deal with content.
Biden's trade and economic policy election promises
The great importance of the USA as an economic partner for the German mechanical and plant engineering industry continues in an outstanding interest in the outcome of the US elections. In a publication, the VDMA therefore examines the election promises of US President-elect Biden from different perspectives and makes clear demands in this context.
EU will only allow sustainable and climate-neutral batteries in future
The European Commission has presented a legislative proposal to modernise legislation on batteries. From VDMA's point of view, the new EU battery regulations are not only extremely ambitious, but could also become a precursor for further and future product regulation.
October 2020
The Brexit negotiations
December 2020
End-of-year review and outlook
October 2020
The Brexit negotiations
December 2020
End-of-year review and outlook
Summer 2020
The new EU plastic tax
September 2020
Rede zur Lage der Union
Summer 2020
The new EU plastic tax
September 2020
Rede zur Lage der Union
Holger Kunze: Brexit – And now?
Holger Kunze, Head of VDMA European Office Brussels, explains the Brexit.
June 2020
The German Presidency of the EU Council
Holger Kunze: Brexit – And now?
Holger Kunze, Head of VDMA European Office Brussels, explains the Brexit.
June 2020
The German Presidency of the EU Council
April 2020
Corona crisis management of the EU Commission.
Mai 2020
Tourism and Transport package of the EU Commission.
April 2020
Corona crisis management of the EU Commission.
Mai 2020
Tourism and Transport package of the EU Commission.
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The European Office
VDMA’s office in Brussels bridges the gap between business and politics. The association informs its member companies about political developments that affect mechanical engineering. For policymakers in Brussels, the European Office (EurO) is a reliable point of contact with in-depth knowledge about the mechanical engineering industry to ensure that lawmaking does not happen in isolation from the real world in which companies operate.
Internship in VDMA European Office in Brussels
VDMA European Office offers a three-month internship in Brussels. Interns support the policy advisers in their specific fields of work. They provide input to position papers concerning EU-issues relevant to the engineering industry.