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VDMA hosts joint side event at COP26
The COP 26 Side Events bring together frontrunners of climate innovation and policy to exchange ideas and viewpoints on combatting climate change. This year VDMA will be co-hosting a panel discussion in Glasgow.
European unitary patent about to start
The German Federal Government finally ratified at the end of September 2021 the Protocol on the Provisional Application of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA).
EU-work assignments: VDMA starts again new initiatives for facilitation
Emails to EU Member States and a letter to the EU-Commission - these are just some of the activities in EU-work assignments. VDMA tirelessly points out the difficult situation of companies.
VDMA emphazises free trade and open markets to MEPs
VDMA met with Members of the EU-Parliament in Strasbourg for the first time since the Covid- 19 pandemic, reiterating the importance of free trade and open markets.
Fit for 55 package: EU climate targets become concrete
Climate targets alone will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The EU has now presented concrete plans on how it can achieve its own more ambitious targets and become a global leader.
Work assignments in Europe: Infringement proceedings are not sufficient
The EU-Commission opened on 15 July 2021 infringement proceedings against 24 Member States, because their rules do not comply with the Enforcement Directive on the Posting of Workers Directive.
Trade relations with Indonesia: VDMA calls for progress in negotiations
A Free Trade Agreement with Indonesia, which is the largest ASEAN economy, would reduce tariffs, remove technical barriers to trade and cut red tape. This would be useful for the machinery and plant engineering sector.
"Seizing the Summit Momentum and Advancing the Trade Agenda"
The EU-US summit in Brussels must be used to advance the transatlantic trade agenda. To this end, VDMA President Karl Haeusgen calls on EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis to conclude agreements with the US on the elimination of tariffs on industrial goods and on conformity assessment.
VDMA calls for access to public procurement of third markets
VDMA welcomes the agreement on IPI in the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Member States. Companies can now get better access to the public procurement market in third countries.
„More emissions trading instead of small-scale regulation“
Commenting on the discussions on climate protection and emissions trading in the EU Council, Thilo Brodtmann, Executive Director at VDMA, says:
Feb 2021
The new EU Trade Strategy
Holger Kunze on State of the Union 21
Feb 2021
The new EU Trade Strategy
Holger Kunze on State of the Union 21
Jan 2021
What expectations does VDMA have of the new US President Joe Biden? Niels Karssen from the VDMA European Office in Brussels explains the importance of the USA for the machinery and plant engineering sector and summarizes the industry's demands on EU-US relations.
Summer 2020
The new EU plastic tax
Jan 2021
What expectations does VDMA have of the new US President Joe Biden? Niels Karssen from the VDMA European Office in Brussels explains the importance of the USA for the machinery and plant engineering sector and summarizes the industry's demands on EU-US relations.
Summer 2020
The new EU plastic tax
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