News from Brussels

VDMA´s demands for the new European Data Strategy
The Commission is expected to publish its new European Data Strategy on 19 February 2020. The aim is to optimise the use of non-personal data.
VDMA calls for a "yes" to the trade agreements with Vietnam
The plenary of the European Parliament is expected to vote on the Free Trade Agreement and the Investment Protection Agreement with Vietnam on 12 February 2020.
China: realigning trade policy instruments
At a meeting with officials from the EU Commission's Directorate General for Trade in Brussels, VDMA presented its current position paper on China. China is an important economic partner for the German mechanical engineering industry and of great importance.
"A hard Brexit still looms ahead in 2021"
After years of negotiations the time has come: the British are leaving the European Union. During the transition period nothing major will change. But the EU and UK immediately need to start negotiating a free trade agreement.
Change that is open to technology and driven by the market economy
The EU Commission published its work programme for 2020 and announced initiatives that are of central importance, especially for companies in the mechanical engineering sector.
MEP Caspary: "Mechanical engineering companies must raise their voice"
Strengthening Europe's sovereignty, developing a tougher position on China, mastering the brexit and - last but not least - implementing the Green Deal that was recently proposed by the new EU Commission. The EU has great tasks ahead of it, as Daniel Caspary, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), made clear to all participants during his speech on the VDMA Executive Board.
European Parliament launches debate on artificial intelligence
The European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) today discussed artificial intelligence (AI) at its first meeting of the new year.
EU Parliament sends clear signal against protectionism
The European Parliament's Committee on International Trade (INTA) today gave its consent to the Free Trade and Investment Protection Agreement with Vietnam in its first meeting of the new year.
VDMA provides feedback on the planned EU Circular Economy Action Plan
The European Commission has recently published a “Roadmap on the New Circular Economy Action Plan”, as announced under the Green Deal, and has asked stakeholder for their feedback.
VDMA calls for more harmonisation concerning the Posting of Workers Directive
The VDMA used a meeting on 13 January 2020 with the cabinet of Commissioner Schmit (Employment and Social Rights) in Brussels to explain the enormous bureaucratic effort involved in the posting of workers within the EU


Contacts in Brussels
With the European Office, the VDMA and its experts represent the mechanical engineering in Brussels. Do you have any inquiries or comments? Give us a call or send us an e-mail.
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Holger Kunze: Brexit – And now?
Holger Kunze, Head of VDMA European Office Brussels, explains, what will change after Brexit and talks about the importance of Great Britain for the German mechanical engineering industry.