"Especially in times of increasing protectionism, the EU needs a strong trade commissioner who can successfully represent and enforce the advantages of open markets and free trade even against resistance".
The VDMA European Office and the departments of foreign trade and law took an appointment with representatives of the European Labour Authority (ELA) on 22 September 2020.
The VDMA calls on the EU Member States concerned to ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada as soon as possible.
The FTA, which will enter into force on August 1, 2020, is important for the mechanical engineering sector, as it abolishes over 99 percent of all tariffs.
The EU Commission launched the platform "Re-Open EU" on 15 June 2020. The website provides relevant information in several languages, such as distance regulations and travel restrictions throughout Europe.
The EU-Commission published on 13 May 2020 a so-called tourism and transport package. One aim is to help the EU Member States in gradually lifting the travel restrictions imposed to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
After numerous Member States have closed their national borders in recent weeks, the EU Commission is now launching an initiative to protect the Internal Market.
VDMA demands that State credit insurers must be allowed to resume operations if the private market fails. Private export credit insurances are in particular relevant for the European business of the mechanical engineering industry.
The 27 EU Member States have defined their negotiating line for the future relationship with the United Kingdom.
Niels Karssen
Niels Karssen
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