The Commission is working on an initiative for sustainable corporate governance. VDMA responded to the consultation that an EU-initiative should be implemented in an SME-friendly and manageable way.
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.
The Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg dismissed, as expected by VDMA, on 8 December 2020 the actions for annulment brought by Poland and Hungary against Directive 2018/957/EU amending Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services (revised Posting of Workers Directive).
Whether in the EU Commission's White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI) or in opinions of the EU Parliament: time and again, European policy-makers are concerned with the question of whether AI and the current liability regimes fit together.
On 3 July 2020, VDMA and ZVEI called for a rapid ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC) by Germany.
On 29 June 2020, the EU Commission amended and extended the Temporary Framework for a third time to enable Member States to safeguard jobs and support the economy in the Corona crisis. VDMA summarises the Temporary Framework for State aid.
On 22 June 2020, the negotiators of the EU institutions reached a political agreement on the EU Commission's legislative proposal on class actions. In the view of VDMA, more time would have been good for discussions.
On 28 May 2020, Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona proposed to the Court of Justice of the EU to dismiss in their entirety the actions for annulment brought by Hungary and Poland against Directive 2018/957/EU amending Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services.
"Can I take advantage of the emergency aid proposed by Germany´s Federal Government in the Economic Stabilization Fund?" This question is currently being asked in particular by many mechanical engineering companies that have been struggling with declining orders for some time.
Currently, the Commission, the Parliament and the Council are negotiating in so-called trilogue negotiations to reach an agreement on the Directive on class actions.
The Commission published its new European Data Strategy. The aim is to optimise the use of non-personal data.
The EU is working on a uniform European sales law, but the mechanical engineering industry will probably remain largely unaffected.
In just under 100 days from now, the European General Data Protection Regulation will come into force. The European Commission has now published guidelines to ensure a smooth implementation.
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