"Treaty of Aachen must be more than symbolic politics"
Germany and France want to work more closely together politically. From the point of view of the VDMA, a first step in this direction would be to simplify the posting of workers.
EU Member States pave the way for new regulation on electric motors
The mechanical engineering industry supports the new electric motor regulation EU Member States approved on 14 January 2019. However, the VDMA reminds that untapped potential lies in a system approach.
EU needs an objective debate on ethics and Artificial Intelligence
Also the EU Parliament is intensively discussing how the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) should be politically addressed. On 14th January, the European Parliament's Industry Committee will vote on a report in which MEPs set out their views on the future of AI.
EU agrees on framework for cyber security certificates
The EU Parliament, Member States and the European Commission have agreed on the so-called "Cybersecurity Act".
"Businesses must prepare for chaotic Brexit"
The European Commission has presented concrete plans for the case of a hard breach in which the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in March 2019 without a follow-up agreement. VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann considers it negligent not to prepare for this.
"The result of the UN Climate Conference is too hesitant"
At the conference in Katowice, the international community agreed on a common rulebook for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
EU’s plan for AI paves the European way, but overlooks industrial potential
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.
Progress needed in international climate policy
The mechanical engineering industry calls for a consistent implementation of the Paris Agreement. The global climate targets can only be achieved through an extended use of efficient technologies.
"Brexit - last chance for damage control“
In the view of VDMA, the proposed Brexit agreement is a fair offer to Britain. However, companies should still prepare for a possible hard Brexit.
EU Parliament improves "Horizon Europe" - but misses out on a big opportunity
With the new research framework programme from 2021 to 2027, funding might be distributed according to the watering can principle. However, a targeted programme for key technologies would be important.


Contacts in Brussels
With the European Office, the VDMA and its experts represent the mechanical engineering in Brussels. Do you have any inquiries or comments? Give us a call or send us an e-mail.
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Holger Kunze
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