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"Seizing the Summit Momentum and Advancing the Trade Agenda"
The EU-US summit in Brussels must be used to advance the transatlantic trade agenda. To this end, VDMA President Karl Haeusgen calls on EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis to conclude agreements with the US on the elimination of tariffs on industrial goods and on conformity assessment.
VDMA calls for access to public procurement of third markets
VDMA welcomes the agreement on IPI in the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Member States. Companies can now get better access to the public procurement market in third countries.
„More emissions trading instead of small-scale regulation“
Commenting on the discussions on climate protection and emissions trading in the EU Council, Thilo Brodtmann, Executive Director at VDMA, says:
Work assignments in Europe: VDMA welcomes the agreement on a Covid certificate
The EU has agreed on the introduction of an EU Covid certificate. This will facilitate free movement, which is advantageous when companies send for example technicians to other EU Member States.
VDMA pleads for positive trade relations with the USA under Biden
Under Joe Biden, there is finally an opportunity to achieve a more positive trade relationship between the EU and the US. Now is an opportune moment to enter into talks with the Americans on concluding transatlantic trade agreements, for example on the mutual recognition of conformity assessments.
"A European green certificate will get Europe moving again".
Commenting on the trilogue negotiations between the EU Commission, the European Parliament and the Council on the so-called Digital Green Certificate, Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, said:
VDMA welcomes the resumption of trade negotiations with India
The EU and India have decided to resume negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement: a step in the right direction. VDMA has been advocating for this for a long time.
Work assignments in Europe: Commission plans new digital reporting form
The Commission outlined its plan to introduce a voluntary single form for the reporting of the posting of workers. This could end the patchwork of reporting requirements.
"Significant bureaucracy and legal uncertainty loom"
The EU-Commission wants to take tougher action with a Regulation against subsidies that distort competition on the Internal Market. Ulrich Ackermann, Managing Director of VDMA's Foreign Trade Department, says:
Feb 2021
The new EU Trade Strategy
Feb 2021
The new EU Trade Strategy
Jan 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
Jan 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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