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VDMA and ZVEI call for rapid ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court
On 3 July 2020, VDMA and ZVEI called for a rapid ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC) by Germany.
EU institutions reach agreement on collective redress
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.
Opinion of the Advocate General on the revised Posting of Workers Directive
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.
VDMA calls for stricter criteria in class actions to prevent abuse
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.
EU standardisation strategy must not lead to bureaucratisation
The EU Commission has presented an action plan aimed at making the existing standardisation system more efficient. The VDMA argues that standardisation is a common task of the private sector and public institutions.
EU creates conditions for more effective market surveillance
The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee has approved a new framework for the conformity and enforcement of product legislation, paving the way for better monitoring of the internal market.
VDMA: Machinery Directive is on the right track
The European Commission has classified the Machinery Directive as fit for purpose - even in times of digitalization.
European sales law must be restricted to consumer agreements
The EU is working on a uniform European sales law, but the mechanical engineering industry will probably remain largely unaffected.
Cybersecurity Act: EU must do better!
The European Commission is proposing a Europe-wide framework for IT security. VDMA warns that some of the planned actions would have a negative impact on industry.