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The German Bundestag elections in 2021 will mark the culmination of the super election year. Until then, the parties will be jockeying for program and position. The VDMA is providing critical and constructive support for the democratic contest under #btw21.

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Raw materials and intermediate products - shortages in the supply chains

Shortages and rising prices of intermediate products are a well-known phenomenon that is regularly observed in the upswing following a sharp downturn. In 2021, however, this effect is more pronounced than after previous crises.

VDMA expects more commitment from the upcoming German government in reducing bureaucracy

Small and medium-sized companies in particular are unduly burdened when they constantly have to deal with new laws and regulations and have to meet these requirements in terms of finance and personnel. The VDMA is therefore calling for a moratorium on burdens from the next federal government.

Due Diligence Act: Impact on the mechanical engineering industry

The mechanical and plant engineering industry, which is predominantly made up of small and medium-sized enterprises, is committed worldwide to good and safe working conditions and respect for and observance of human rights. Human rights are non-negotiable and corporate co-responsibility is also recognised.

Science confirms VDMA tax policy demand

A study by the Ifo Institute clearly points out the major benefits for growth and employment of accelerated depreciation and also of a reduction in the corporate tax rate.

Economic policy positions of the mechanical and plant engineering industry 2021

Traditionally at the beginning of the year, the VDMA revises and updates its economic policy positions.

No wage entitlement in the event of a lockdown

Persons with a mini-job are not entitled to continued payment of wages in the event of official plant closures due to the pandemic

Further funds for the energetic refurbishment of buildings

Against the background of the Federal Climate Protection Act, the funds in the "Federal Support for Efficient Buildings (BEG)" will be increased.

Quarantine: No compensation for the unvaccinated

Several federal states already make the granting of compensation dependent on the vaccination status of the employee. Now a uniform practice of the authorities has been agreed upon.

The traffic light coalition needs a broad social consensus


SMEs benefit from electricity price damper

The reduction of the EEG surcharge for 2022 can bring noticeable relief for private consumers and industrial SMEs. This also shows that the CO2 price can have a steering effect for climate protection beyond the mere burden.

WTO procedure on procurement by State-owned enterprises

The EU-Commission initiated in July 2021 the WTO dispute settlement procedure with Russia on procurement for State-owned enterprises. VDMA supports this procedure.

Industry and science join forces

Joint recommendations aim at an effective innovation policy in the new legislative period. The VDMA is one of the 24 signatory organizations.

Launch of new interview series "Circular Competence".

What skills can press manufacturers contribute to minimise the ecological footprint of packaging and other printed products? In the opening interview, Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director of the printing and paper technology association, provides some initial answers.

Circularity Gap Report 2021

A consistent transition to a circular economy would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by around 39%.

European unitary patent about to start

The German government finally ratified the Protocol on Provisional Application to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC) at the end of September 2021.

Better legislation, simplify bureaucracy

Despite all political efforts, the bureaucratic burdens on industry are increasing, even in the medium-sized mechanical and plant engineering sector.

Overview of the topic sustainability & energy

Sustainability & Energy: the range of services offered by the Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery, Process Machinery & Apparatus and VDMA trade associations - compact and clearly laid out

Will the Russian-Belarusian union state come in 2023?

Moscow and Minsk have been negotiating deeper integration for three years. After presidential elections in Belarus in 2020, Russia is fast-tracking the project.

No vote for this taxonomy!

The European Parliament should reject the present first technical criteria of the EU taxonomy on climate change. This is because the criteria discriminate against industries that are driving the green transformation.

Facts and figures: climate, environment and energy

In our theme publication you will find facts, figures and data on climate, environment, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

"Chips Act": Strengthening EU technological sovereignty

The VDMA basically supports the key points of the EU semiconductor initiative. However, it is about more than chip factories: a decisive role for technological sovereignty is played by manufacturers of production equipment and chip design capabilities.

Call to Action - Driving forward the defossilisation of shipping

A "Call for Action" was signed by more than 150 organisations and companies at the end of September to accelerate the pace of the Maritime Energy Transition.

VDMA starts again initiatives to make things easier

Emails to EU Member States and a letter to the EU-Commission - these are just some of the activities in EU-work assignments. VDMA tirelessly points out the difficult situation of companies.

Transatlantic Trade and Technology Council is Historic Chance for a Fresh Start

The new Trade and Technology Council (TTC) represents a historic opportunity to finally tackle important issues in transatlantic economic relations together again. This dialogue must not lose sight of the trade issues that are important for European mechanical engineering - such as the abolition of industrial tariffs.

Establishment of a hydrogen economy is the central task of a new federal government

After the Bundestag elections, politicians must resolutely tackle the restructuring of the economy and society, combined with the consistent use of power-to-X technologies. The development of a hydrogen economy must be a central task of the future German government.

Kenya - Entry only with negative PCR test

There is no quarantine for travellers from Germany.

12th German Mechanical Engineering Summit 2021: The Future Won't Wait

The 12th German Mechanical Engineering Summit on 26 and 27 October will kick off with a fresh concept, a new location and top speakers to address the most important topics in mechanical and plant engineering from many angles: international trade, climate change and digitalisation.

Foreign Trade Newsletter China

Current information, analyses and events on the Chinese market in the VDMA Foreign Trade Newsletter.

Textile machinery industry comments on taxonomy criteria

VDMA Textile Machinery participates in the consultation on the design of the taxonomy. The association points out critical points and calls for the adaptation of technical criteria.

Online platform brings young people together with universities and companies nationwide

Launch of the new online platform TechTalents on October 27: Here young people can find year-round information about study and training options in technology professions. YouTuber Johannes Mickenbecker will support TechTalents with a live question and answer session on the opening day.

#btw21: Final spurt - entrepreneurs comment on the tax election campaign

Bertram Kawlath, Managing Director Schubert und Salzer GmbH on tax policy in the federal election campaign

The plans of Ms von der Leyen for 2022

Commission President von der Leyen set out her vision for the coming year 2022 in her State of the Union address to the European Parliament on 15 September 2021.

EU taxonomy must recognise direct contribution of mechanical engineering

The shaping of technical criteria under the EU taxonomy is entering the second round. The mechanical and plant engineering sector is increasingly affected. The VDMA demands the adjustment of numerous criteria.

#btw21: Final spurt - entrepreneurs comment on the tax election campaign

Carl Martin Welcker, Managing Director Alfred H. Schütte GmbH & Co. KG on tax policy in the federal election campaign

#btw21: Final spurt - entrepreneurs comment on the tax election campaign

Dr. Manfred Wittenstein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of WITTENSTEIN SE on tax policy in the Bundestag election campaign

#btw21: Final spurt - entrepreneurs comment on the tax election campaign

Karl Haeusgen, Chairman of the Supervisory Board HAWE Hydraulik SE on tax policy in the Bundestag election campaign

News from Brussels: new web seminar series started

Attention all those interested in Europe! With our new web seminar series "EU Bubble Talks - 30 minutes insights from Brussels" we take a look behind the scenes of European politics and take you with us.

China Study "Market in Transition"

The virtual exchange of experiences on the China study "Market in transition - How does mechanical engineering remain successful in competition?" took place on September 15, 2021.

Tax plans jeopardize much-needed investments

In a letter to the leading candidates of the major parties in the German states, entrepreneurs from all VDMA state associations demand real relief for businesses - and an end to any wealth tax plans.

US entry restrictions to be dropped

The US government is planning to lift entry restrictions in the USA for travellers from Schengen countries. The VDMA has been calling for this measure for some time and has repeatedly pressed for it in political talks. It is good that there is now movement in the matter.

US travel restrictions finally dropped

The US entry restrictions for business travellers from Schengen countries are finally being lifted. This removes what is currently the biggest hurdle in bilateral trade.

Europe's mission: Winning partners for climate protection

Europe is taking on a pioneering role with its goal of climate neutrality by 2050. The EU must now do everything in its power to convince the international community to follow.

VDMA stresses free trade and open markets to EU MEPs

VDMA met with MEPs in Strasbourg for the first time since the Covid 19 pandemic, reiterating the importance of free trade and open markets.

Quarantine: vaccination as a condition of compensation

Several states want to make the award of compensation during a quarantine conditional on the worker's vaccination status.

PEM rules of origin modernised

The preferential rules of origin in the Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) region have been modernised and can already be applied in some agreements.

Europe must not forget its entreprises

The President of the European Commission gave far too little space to the economy and to increasing competitiveness in her State of the Union address. Entrepreneurs such as the machinery and plant manufacturers who are driving the green transition were neither addressed nor motivated by the Commission President's words.

Short-time work no longer needs special rules

The renewed extension of special regulations for short-time work unnecessarily prolongs the crisis mode. Companies desperately seeking skilled workers will lose out. The current figures on short-time work in the mechanical engineering sector show that there is no longer any justification for the special regulations.

The EU must become more active in the Indo-Pacific region

The EU must show that Indo-Pacific consists of more economic areas than just China. Therefore, negotiations on free trade agreements with the countries of the region should be concluded as soon as possible.

United States Furthers Course to Protect Domestic Industry

European companies can participate in many public-procurement opportunities in the United States. However, the Biden Administration is tightening the rules so that some “Made in Germany” products could be excluded in the future.

Europe cannot tackle the climate crisis alone

Strong climate policy in the EU must be combined with an active external climate policy that aims at a single global CO2 market. Particularly in the discussions on a carbon border adjustment mechanism, the EU must ensure that Europe remains globally competitive.

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„Small and medium-sized companies in particular are unduly burdened when they constantly have to deal with new laws and regulations and meet these requirements in terms of finance and personnel.“

Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of VDMA

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3 out of 4


in the German mechanical and plant engineering sector expect to increase employment in their own companies in the current year.

Source: VDMA

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IMPULS short study on opportunities and risks of a Due Diligence Act:
  • Suppliers from developing countries will find it more difficult to achieve prosperity through trade.
  • The international division of labor will tend to decline with corresponding losses in prosperity for all, especially for the mechanical engineering industry.
  • An alternative to the Due Diligence Act in its current form could be a European negative list approach.

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