Economics

11.10.2018
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.
04.10.2018
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.
01.10.2018
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.
05.09.2018
The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee has approved a new framework for the conformity and enforcement of product legislation, paving the way for better monitoring of the internal market.
23.08.2018
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.
10.07.2018
ZVEI and VDMA call for European approach to cyber security. However, the EU proposal for third-party certification is only a pseudo-solution.
25.06.2018
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.
25.04.2018
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.
24.04.2018
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.
23.04.2018
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.
29.03.2018
The Chief Negotiator of the European Commission will give insight into the Brexit negotiations on 23 April.
13.03.2018
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.
08.12.2017
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.
25.10.2017
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.
20.10.2017
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.
27.09.2017
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.
19.09.2017
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.
18.09.2017
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.
06.09.2017
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.
01.09.2017
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.
04.08.2017
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.
12.07.2017
VDMA celebrates its 125 anniversary with an evening reception in Brussels on 5 September.
23.06.2017
Several EU states are pressing for control of investments at European level. VDMA warns against making Europe an unattractive location for foreign investors.
23.06.2017
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.
02.06.2017
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.
16.05.2017
VDMA regards the visit of French President Macron as a highly promising sign with regard to the changes required at European level.
10.05.2017
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.
12.04.2017
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.
28.03.2017
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.
23.03.2017
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.
02.02.2017
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.
17.01.2017
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.
10.01.2017
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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Holger Kunze: Industrie 4.0
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