Companies in the mechanical engineering industry mainly sell their products abroad with an export ratio of almost 80%. VDMA has therefore always supported the EU’s free trade agenda. Trade agreements with emerging markets are in particular a major achievement for the machinery industry in Europe. On the other hand, lawmakers should pay attention not to hinder exports of European companies by unnecessary bureaucratic requirements.
The EU Commission continues to focus on opening markets and free trade agreements. This creates reliable framework conditions for exports by the mechanical engineering industry. But the idea that EU trade policy can solve all contentious issues in international politics is wrong.
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.
VDMA continues to reach out to the European Commission, the European Labour Authority (ELA) and the European Parliament in the area of EU work assignments. Below you will find the most important VDMA activities in November 2020 and in the first half of December 2020.
In November 2020, VDMA commented on a public consultation of the EU Commission on the review of EU trade policy: the model of open strategic autonomy must not lead to protectionism in the field of trade.
VDMA is in favour of the EU Commission taking a closer look at subsidies from third countries, because these subsidies distort production costs in the machinery sector and influence competition in the EU internal Market.
Below you will find an overview of the most important activities of the EU institutions in the field of EU work assignments in September and October 2020, as well as the most important activities of VDMA vis-à-vis the EU institutions.
"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 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.
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