As the world’s largest internal market, the EU is ideally positioned to become a highly attractive business location. However, entrepreneurs need a business-friendly environment in order to make use of these advantages and achieve success in the face of global competition. VDMA therefore calls for an improvement in Europe’s environment for businesses. The enhancement of competitiveness and the EU’s goal of a reindustrialised Europe can only be achieved if policymakers are able to establish a legal framework that attracts investors over the long term. This is particularly true as the fourth industrial revolution triggered by the digitalization of industry is imminent.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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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