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.
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.
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.
A united and strong Europe is more important now than ever. In the second year since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, it is essential to emerge from the crisis resilient. But what exactly is in store for European policy in 2021?
On 25 November 2020, the EU-Commission published a proposal for a Regulation on European data governance. Among other things, it provides for a notification obligation and requirements for "data exchange providers".
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.
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.
Due to the behaviour of Great Britain in the past few days, hopes of an agreement are minimal. Companies that have not yet developed measures for a hard Brexit should now start as soon as possible.
On 21st July the European Council reached an agreement on the EU budget and the "Next Generation EU" recovery fund. VDMA did an analysis.
Tariffs, trade wars, brexit negotiations - the state of free trade will be discussed by EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan and Bernd Lange, Chairman of the Trade Committee in the European Parliament, on 20 April.
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.
The outcome of the Brexit negotiations is still open. The VDMA gives orientation to its member companies to enable them to prepare for a possible hard Brexit.
There is new hope for the European mechanical engineering industry that the hard Brexit can be prevented. In the long term, the industry supports a trade agreement with the United Kingdom.
In addition to the topics of digitisation, climate policy and a stable economy, the new EU Commission also wants to focus more on reducing bureaucracy.
The meeting at the HF Mixing Group was about, among other things, how rules for the posting of skilled workers within the EU can be simplified for industrial companies.
German and French politicians openly advocate an active industrial policy. At a workshop in Brussels, the VDMA now warned that the EU must also take into account the needs of SMEs.
A chaotic exit from the EU by the UK is currently more likely than ever. In that case, industry faces disruptions of trade flows and supply chains.
The European Commission sees the lack of fast Internet connections as a brake, especially for small and medium-sized businesses.
Environmental policy and economic prosperity are not opposites. However, product regulation must not overburden companies.
Regulation at European level also benefits the export-driven mechanical engineering sector. However, the EU must prevent unnecessary burdens on businesses.
By extending the deadline for Britain's withdrawal, the EU is showing a sense of responsibility. Nevertheless, the mechanical engineering industry hopes that the Brexit drama will soon come to an end.
The mechanical engineering industry sees the guidelines of the EU expert group on the use of AI as an important contribution in the public debate, but warns against drawing red lines too early.
At the European Political Reception at the Hannover Messe, former Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel demanded more common efforts in Europe - and called to strengthen pro-European forces in the European elections.
Companies should prepare in time for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The VDMA has compiled checklists for its members.
In the future, the EU wants to examine foreign investments more closely. Technologies such as artificial intelligence or robotics are also affected.
At the "Industry Day" in Brussels, Commission President Juncker focused on criteria such as climate and consumer protection.
The EU Parliament, Member States and the European Commission have agreed on the so-called "Cybersecurity Act".
The EU-Commission convincingly underpins its ambition to coordinate efforts in Europe with the “Coordinated plan for Artificial Intelligence”. However, the VDMA demands a clearer focus on industrial applications.
Bureaucratic hurdles for the posting of workers are a burden for the mechanical engineering industry. In Brussels, the VDMA discussed possible easements in the posting of employees with representatives from politics and industry.
Europe has moved a small but important step closer to the Digital Single European Market: on 4 October, the European Parliament adopted its report on a Regulation for the free movement of non-personal data.
The very far-reaching requirements for the posting of workers to other EU countries make it increasingly difficult for German mechanical engineering companies to do business within the EU Single Market.
The mechanical engineering industry hopes for an agreement between the EU and Great Britain in the Brexit talks. An EU withdrawal without a follow-up agreement would have negative consequences for the industry.
ZVEI and VDMA call for European approach to cyber security. However, the EU proposal for third-party certification is only a pseudo-solution.
At a workshop in Brussels, representatives from industry, politics and civil society spoke about the potential of AI in industry - and the possible need for action at European level.
VDMA considers the latest communication by the European Commission on artificial intelligence as balanced, but it warns that the debate that will now start needs to stay focused on facts.
On the 8th EU Policy Reception, hosted by VDMA and Deutsche Messe, Michel Barnier has given European mechanical engineers a clear warning to prepare now for the UK’s exit from the EU.
The Regulation “concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications”, also known as the E-Privacy Regulation, is currently being discussed at European level.
The Chief Negotiator of the European Commission will give insight into the Brexit negotiations on 23 April.
The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU will create new barriers to trade. VDMA is in favour of a customs union with the UK to keep the impact as low as possible.
Trade talks between the EU and the UK will start in early 2018. VDMA warns that both sides need to avoid a hard Brexit without an agreement on future relations.
The political crisis in the European Union is also unsettling for the mechanical engineering industry. “What now, Europe?” was therefore the question that Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, asked in his speech at the 9th Mechanical Engineering Summit in Berlin.
VDMA views with cautious optimism the fact that the remaining EU Member States are willing to start preparations to negotiate the future trading relationship between the EU and UK.
After the speech by the French President on the Future of Europe, the debate on a reform of the EU needs to gather pace in the Member States.
VDMA takes a positive view of the efforts by the European Commission to find a common approach to IT security. Nonetheless, industry warns against costly certification that would offer buyers only the appearance of security.
The engineering industry gave a basically positive assessment of the European Commission's new industrial strategy. However, now the industry is expecting more than symbolic politics.
To celebrate its 125-year anniversary, VDMA discussed the future of European industry with representatives from the EU institutions at an evening reception in Brussels.
After the disappointing outcome of the latest round of Brexit negotiations, the mechanical engineering association VDMA is worried about an urgently needed agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom.
In September, the European Commission will present a European IT-security framework. In the opinion of VDMA, this initiative is necessary but must take into account the special requirements of industry.
VDMA celebrates its 125 anniversary with an evening reception in Brussels on 5 September.
Several EU states are pressing for control of investments at European level. VDMA warns against making Europe an unattractive location for foreign investors.
VDMA gathered representatives from the worlds of politics and the economy in Brussels to coincide with the start of the Brexit negotiations. Their unanimous view was that the UK’s exit from the EU would not be a success for anyone.
The USA have announced to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. This could delay the further development of a state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly industry.
VDMA regards the visit of French President Macron as a highly promising sign with regard to the changes required at European level.
The European Commission drew up a positive midterm review on the digital single market. VDMA calls for industry to be taken into account to a greater extent.
The European Parliament wants tighter regulation of robots in Europe. In a debate on the French international TV channel “France 24”, VDMA argued for greater trust in innovation.
The Brexit negotiations must proceed swiftly and transparently to avoid unnecessarily burdening the economy. However, top priority remains the survival of the European Single Market.
VDMA is holding a reception on European policy for the seventh time on 24 April at the Hannover Messe trade fair. The German European Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger will be this year’s guest.
The European Commission drew up a positive midterm review on the digital single market. VDMA calls for industry to be taken into account to a greater extent.
The mechanical engineering industry regrets the UK’s departure from the EU single market which has now been announced by British Prime Minister Theresa May.
The EU Commission proposes a European legal framework for data traffic - an initiative that would remove a key barrier to Industrie 4.0. In VDMA’s view, the Communication of 10 January 2017 addresses the needs of small and medium-sized industrial firms.
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