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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.
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.
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.
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.
Traditionally at the beginning of the year, the VDMA revises and updates its economic policy positions.
Persons with a mini-job are not entitled to continued payment of wages in the event of official plant closures due to the pandemic
Against the background of the Federal Climate Protection Act, the funds in the "Federal Support for Efficient Buildings (BEG)" will be increased.
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 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.
The EU-Commission initiated in July 2021 the WTO dispute settlement procedure with Russia on procurement for State-owned enterprises. VDMA supports this procedure.
Joint recommendations aim at an effective innovation policy in the new legislative period. The VDMA is one of the 24 signatory organizations.
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.
A consistent transition to a circular economy would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by around 39%.
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.
Despite all political efforts, the bureaucratic burdens on industry are increasing, even in the medium-sized mechanical and plant engineering sector.
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
Moscow and Minsk have been negotiating deeper integration for three years. After presidential elections in Belarus in 2020, Russia is fast-tracking the project.
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.
In our theme publication you will find facts, figures and data on climate, environment, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no quarantine for travellers from Germany.
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.
Current information, analyses and events on the Chinese market in the VDMA Foreign Trade Newsletter.
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.
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.
Bertram Kawlath, Managing Director Schubert und Salzer GmbH on tax policy in the federal election campaign
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.
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.
Carl Martin Welcker, Managing Director Alfred H. Schütte GmbH & Co. KG on tax policy in the federal election campaign
Dr. Manfred Wittenstein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of WITTENSTEIN SE on tax policy in the Bundestag election campaign
Karl Haeusgen, Chairman of the Supervisory Board HAWE Hydraulik SE on tax policy in the Bundestag election campaign
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 met with MEPs in Strasbourg for the first time since the Covid 19 pandemic, reiterating the importance of free trade and open markets.
Several states want to make the award of compensation during a quarantine conditional on the worker's vaccination status.
The preferential rules of origin in the Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) region have been modernised and can already be applied in some agreements.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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