News

"The EU states must stick to their agreements"
The dispute over borders is a topic at the EU summit. VDMA is calling for an end to national go-it-alone approaches and for the common European approach to combating pandemics to be pursued.
"EU trade policy must focus on market opening"
The EU Commission continues to focus on opening markets and free trade agreements. This creates reliable framework conditions for exports by the mechanical engineering industry. But the idea that EU trade policy can solve all contentious issues in international politics is wrong.
Sustainable corporate governance must be SME-friendly
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.
EU work assignments: news from Europe
Below you will find an overview of the EU activities in the field of EU work assignments in the first six weeks of this year. We have also listed relevant VDMA activities.
EU consultation on review of energy efficiency directive
VDMA has addressed the key concerns of the mechanical and plant engineering sector in the EU Commission’s consultation on the review of the existing Energy Efficiency Directive.
EU consultation on the review of the Renewable Energy Directive
VDMA has analysed the EU Commission’s review of the Renewable Energy Directive in a public consultation. This directive is one of many to be revised to meet the EU’s higher climate target.
“Horizon Europe” presented: Mechanical engineering topics included
A launch event organised by the BMBF this week presented how the almost 100 billion euros of the EU R&I programme will be used. There will be also funding opportunities for mechanical engineering.
"Circular economy is essential to achieve EU climate targets"
The EU Parliament has adopted its position on the new circular economy package. From the VDMA's point of view, this is a good step into the right direction, but too much bureaucracy has to be avoided.
Video and Navigator: Understanding the EU's shifting climate politics
What is the current status of European climate policy? What initiatives are there and what is the VDMA's position on them? A short film and an animated navigator provide answers.
"EFFRA”: Forum for Production Research in Europe
Dialogue platform, lighthouse and cooperation partner of the EU Commission: anyone who wants to engage in research on production topics in Europe cannot avoid the "European Factories of the Future Association".
VDMA calls for a "yes" to the Agreement with the UK
VDMA welcomes the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom, as it provides a basis for future relations with this country.
Brexit: "Border problems and bureaucratic chaos must end"
The ongoing difficulties in trade between the EU and the UK are increasingly burdening companies. VDMA is calling for the rules to be adapted and bureaucracy to be reduced.
EU consultation on Strategy for Sustainable Textiles
VDMA has evaluated the EU Commission's strategy for sustainable textiles in a public consultation. The background to this are the activities within the scope of the Circular Economy Action plan.
"Demands for border closures must stop"
The increasingly resurgent calls for border closures within the EU must be buried as a matter of urgency. Border closures in the internal market would have unforeseeable consequences.
News from Brussels: new web seminar series starts
Attention all those interested in Europe! With our new web seminar series "EU Bubble Talks - 30 minutes insights from Brussels" we take a look behind the scenes of European politics and take you with us.
Report from Brussels - January 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
Report from Brussels - January 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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VDMA’s office in Brussels bridges the gap between business and politics. The association informs its member companies about political developments that affect mechanical engineering. For policymakers in Brussels, the European Office (EurO) is a reliable point of contact with in-depth knowledge about the mechanical engineering industry to ensure that lawmaking does not happen in isolation from the real world in which companies operate.
Internship in VDMA European Office in Brussels
VDMA European Office offers a three-month internship in Brussels. Interns support the policy advisers in their specific fields of work. They provide input to position papers concerning EU-issues relevant to the engineering industry.