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"Sustainable Finance must be open to all low-emission technologies"
Only money for green projects? VDMA President Karl Haeusgen discussed the opportunities, challenges and risks of Sustainable Finance in a virtual panel discussion with representatives of the EU Commission, the European Parliament and the banking world.
EU seeks technologies for sustainable prosperity
How can the change towards a sustainable economy be successful? How can prosperity be secured at the same time? And above all, what technologies and innovations are needed to achieve this? The industrial research conference "IndTech2020" looked for answers on 27 October. On board: Dr. Eric Maiser, Head of Future Business at VDMA.
European Parliament and 14 Member States position themselves on AI
The plenary of the European Parliament adopted three reports on Artificial Intelligence (AI) on 20 October 2020: ethics, liability and intellectual property are in the spotlight. At the same time, several Member States call for regulatory restraint and a "soft law" approach.
Manufuture Network: Overcoming the crisis with modern production technologies
In an open letter, the European Technology Platform "Manufuture" calls upon policy makers to give the production sector more consideration in the "Next Generation EU"-recovery plan: The reasoning: Innovative production technologies not only create jobs, but are also essential for a sustainable and resilient economy.
VDMA: "The EU needs a strong trade commissioner
"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".
VDMA on the Special Meeting of the European Council: "EU citizens expect a robust economic perspective“
During the crisis, the EU is winning the confidence of its citizens, Member States are losing it. The European Council must now set the course to increase this trust with sound economic policies.
EU Competition Council paves the way for launch of Horizon Europe
Under the chairmanship of German federal minister of education and research, Anja Karliczek, the EU Competitiveness Council has made an important step towards the next EU Research Framework Programme and adopted a "general approach". This paves the way for finalising negotiations with the EU Parliament with a view to a punctual start at the beginning of 2021.
VDMA comments on EU inception impact assessment of Artificial Intelligence
The EU-Commission intends to present a proposal for a legal act to define requirements for artificial intelligence (AI) in 2021. The EU Commission has conducted a first inception impact assessment and published the results in July 2020.
VDMA comments on EU roadmap on intellectual property
The EU-Commission is expected to publish an action plan on intellectual property in the third quarter of 2020. Therefore, it published in July 2020 a roadmap on this topic, which was commented by VDMA.
Facilitation of EU labour operations urgently needed
The VDMA European Office and the departments of foreign trade and law took an appointment with representatives of the European Labour Authority (ELA) on 22 September 2020.
Summer 2020
The new EU plastic tax
September 2020
Rede zur Lage der Union
Summer 2020
The new EU plastic tax
September 2020
Rede zur Lage der Union
Holger Kunze: Brexit – And now?
Holger Kunze, Head of VDMA European Office Brussels, explains the Brexit.
June 2020
The German Presidency of the EU Council
Holger Kunze: Brexit – And now?
Holger Kunze, Head of VDMA European Office Brussels, explains the Brexit.
June 2020
The German Presidency of the EU Council
April 2020
Corona crisis management of the EU Commission.
Mai 2020
Tourism and Transport package of the EU Commission.
April 2020
Corona crisis management of the EU Commission.
Mai 2020
Tourism and Transport package of the EU Commission.
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