Go Vote – engineering industry votes for Europe
What kind of Europe do we want to live in in the future? It’s a question that affects all of us – and the European elections from 23 to 26 May will give us the chance to answer it. The sad experience from previous years, however, is that many citizens leave it to others to determine their future. While European politics are impacting more and more on our daily life and work, election participation has been declining in every European poll since 1979. In the last elections five years ago, not even half of the people in Europe eligible to vote actually did so.
Here in the mechanical engineering industry, we know that the importance of Europe cannot be overestimated! In our industry, cooperation at a European level has long been our normal daily reality. It goes without saying that our businesses work together across national boundaries and market their products and services worldwide from their bases in Europe. As industrial SMEs, we have never shrunk away from our economic or social responsibilities. Because the future of Europe is important to us, we should also make our point clear this time.
VDMA is therefore calling on everyone to take part in the European elections, and is encouraging its members to spread the word. This website contains materials you can use to draw attention to the European elections, among your employees and via your social media channels. As a professional association, we will do the same. We do want to encourage them to think for themselves about Europe’s future.
VDMA has long reached its own conclusions about the future of Europe and is clearly in favour of a strong EU, of European integration, and of close cooperation at a European level. We firmly believe that Europe can overcome its future challenges only by acting as a single unit. Ensuring our well-being, seizing the opportunities of digitalisation, ensuring a responsible relationship with our environment, and representing European values in the wider world – no individual state can achieve all these things, but Europe can, if it speaks with one voice.
So what kind of Europe do you want to live in in the future? We can make that decision in the European elections from 23 to 26 May. Go Vote – and encourage others to play their part in the European elections too.
Sincerely, Thilo Brodtmann