Level 1 header Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftspolitik

Economic & Social Policy
The VDMA's economic policy positions are derived from the conviction that competition, individual responsibility and open markets form the basis for overall economic success. We call for a regulatory-based economic policy that creates a good, reliable framework for investment and innovation. In this way, we offer technological solutions, create secure employment and ensure that it will continue to be attractive to be an entrepreneur in Germany and Europe.


Empfehlung Wirtschaftspolitik

Recommendation on this topicTIPP
  • Information from the VDMA Capital Office
The citizens have elected a new Bundestag. The parties fought over programs and positions until the very end. The VDMA is critically and constructively accompanying the democratic contest under #btw21 until a new coalition agreement is signed.

Asset Publisher

Asset Publisher

From our Articles
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.

Breaking the deadlock on EU trade agreements

The deadlock in EU trade agreements urgently needs to be broken. That is why the heads of state and government are sending the right signal at the EU summit by discussing the difficulties of trade negotiations.

Climate targets need a drastic shortening of approval processes

The study "Climate Pathways 2.0" shows what a huge challenge it is to move from political climate protection targets to the real investment decisions needed. The new German government must now create a suitable market framework. The more international - and above all European - action is taken here, the better.

Helpful market information from the GTAI

The German government is conducting a survey to analyse the impact of subsidies and the foreign trade promotion they make possible, as well as the prospects for further development.

Ambitious EU targets must leave room for innovation

The EU Commission's work programme for 2022 underlines the strong creative will of the EU executive. It wants to advance the green and digital transformation in Europe, and rightly so. However, it is crucial that the EU Commission leaves entrepreneurs enough room for innovation.

Biden's Approach to Global Affairs: Old Values, New Tools

America's 46th President Joe Biden offers Europe the chance to reset relations with the United States. In an VDMA-interview, Peter Rashish of the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) assesses, among other things, the effects of the return to shared values on European-American trade policy as well as the geopolitical conflict between the United States and China and its impact on Germany and the European Union.

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.

VDMA hosts joint Side Event at COP26

The COP26 Side Events bring together frontrunners of climate innovation and policy to exchange ideas and viewpoints on combatting climate change. This year, VDMA will be co-hosting a panel discussion in Glasgow.

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.

In Focus: United States Most Important Export Market for the Mechanical Engineering Industry

The United States is the world's largest buyer of machinery. This makes it one of the most important export markets for German mechanical engineering.

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.

To the point

To the point

Auf den Punkt Zitat Social Policy

„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

Auf den Punkt Zahl Gesellschaftspolitik

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

Auf den Punkt Zusammenfassung Gesellschaftspolitik

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.

VDMA Focus-Topic

VDMA Focus-Topic

Fokus-Themen Teaser

Our topics slider 1


Our topics slider 1

Europe and China

Asset Publisher

Other VDMA Services
VDMA Berlin Office
For VDMA, representing the political interests of its members is a core service. The capital office sees itself as a mediator not only for the interests of our members, but also for contacts between politics and companies.
VDMA European Office Brussels
The European Office is a bridge between business and politics. We inform our member companies about relevant political developments. We are a competent contact for EU decision-makers.
VDMA Regional Associations - Your Local Partners
No matter how big your company is and what solution you offer: We are there for you! With individual consulting, practical events, a comprehensive network and good connections to politics.
EU Bubble Talks – 30 minutes insights from Brussels
Whether it's the Green Deal, industrial strategy or digitization initiatives - have you always wanted to know more about the activities of the EU Commission and EU Parliament and how they affect the mechanical engineering industry? Then participate in our regular web seminar which is held in English and immerse yourself in the "Brussels Bubble" with us.
The VDMA ShortPositions are published monthly and cover current political topics. We hereby intend to contribute to the exchange between politics and business.
Newsletter EU-Politics
Our monthly newsletter informs you about all social and economic policy issues that are discussed, decided on, and passed at the EU level.
Brief report by the IMPULS Foundation
As a complement to the classic studies of the IMPULS Foundation, the organization's brief reports provide a quick, initial assessment of current issues - without compromising on scientific standards and utility for readers.
Energy Efficiency Networks
Following the motto of energy-efficient networking, the VDMA supports the improvement of energy efficiency and therefore invites its members to participate in energy efficiency networks free of charge. This networking work focuses on a voluntary and unbureaucratic transfer of experience. It is conducted four times a year at the scheduled networking meetings.
Events on EU policy
VDMA regularly organizes and supports political events on EU policy. Follow the European policy debates and better understand what framework conditions are coming for mechanical engineering.


Markets & Economy Committee
Ausschuss Gesamtwirtschaftliche Fragen

The regular, practical assessment of the international economic situation of the mechanical engineering industry in the committee is an indispensable contribution to the VDMA's economic analysis, including short-term forecasts. In addition, the committee members support the VDMA's economic policy commitment by interpreting and discussing the content of economic developments and interrelationships in a political context.



Bodo Finger

Maschinenfabrik Mönninghoff


Wiechers, Ralph Dr.

Tax Committee
In the Tax Committee, mainly heads of the tax/finance departments from the member companies discuss pending legislative projects and shape the VDMA's tax policy work


Petra Klingenstein

Hitachi ABB Power Grids AG


Meißner, Ulrich

Markets & Economy Committee
Ausschuss Außenwirtschaft

The Foreign Trade Committee exchanges views on professional issues and tasks relating to exports. The members represent a cross-section of the mechanical engineering industry. They are part of the company's management or play a key role in exports. The Foreign Trade Committee mainly deals with market strategies for individual countries and regions as well as export issues such as trade policy and foreign trade policy.




Rainer Hundsdörfer

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


Ackermann, Ulrich

Sustainability & Energy Committee
Ausschuss Klima- und Energiepolitik
The Committee's areas of responsibility are in particular: - issues relating to climate and energy policy in general - Questions concerning the political framework conditions for the fields of energy conversion and energy efficiency in particular In doing so, the committee takes both an outward (politics, ministries, BDI, public, etc.) and an inward (VDMA organization) perspective of the tasks.


Daniel Chatterjee

Rolls-Royce Solutions GmbH


Zelinger, Matthias

Legal Committee
The VDMA Legal Committee is the traditional central body of the VDMA Legal Department, currently consisting of about 65 heads of legal departments of member companies. In the VDMA Legal Committee, legal topics relevant to mechanical engineering are discussed in a dedicated exchange, legal problems are identified and VDMA positions are co-drafted. The committee, which meets once a year, deals with ongoing topics (reform of the General Terms and Conditions) as well as current legal issues (digitalization, etc.) and offers members space for the important exchange of experience.


Jörg Kondring

Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

Research, Innovation & Technology Committee
Forschung und Innovation
The focus is on innovation policy, engineering and skilled worker training, and technology trends. At the same time, this VDMA top committee acts as a link in politics and science.


Stefan Rinck

Singulus Technologies AG


Rauen, Hartmut

Sustainability & Energy Committee
VDMA-Ausschuss Umweltpolitik

The VDMA Environmental Policy Committee deals with environmental policy issues for the mechanical and plant engineering industry. These include, among others, the topics of recycling management, product-related environmental protection, operational environmental protection and sustainability. The committee deals with European and national as well as international topics. In addition to the transfer of knowledge and environmental policy news, it is also concerned with the preparation of statements. The committee meets twice a year and the number of seats is limited.


Stefanie Grubert

Bosch Rexroth AG


Brückner, Sarah Dr.

Legal Committee
Ausschuss Öffentliches Auftragswesen
The Public Procurement Committee deals with fundamental issues of national and European public procurement law as well as the contract terms and conditions of public contracting authorities. This involves, among other things, the preparation of statements or participation in the amendments to the contracting regulations VOB and VOL. The VDMA positions are submitted to the public procurement committees and the federal ministries in charge. The committee meets twice a year.


Markus Janse

OSMA - Aufzüge


Hess, Christian Dr. iur.

Education & Modern Working Committee
The VDMA Education Committee is the authoritative body for networking and exchange among VDMA member companies on education topics, as well as for monitoring and steering VDMA activities in this area.


Thomas Koch

Benteler Deutschland GmbH


Friedrich, Jörg Dr.

Asset Publisher

Partners of the VDMA

Bündnis „Zukunft der Industrie“
Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.

Level 2 Minimal Contact Display


Benefits for you as a member

Largest industry network in Europe

Around 3,300 primarily medium-sized member companies in the capital goods industry make the VDMA the largest industrial association in Europe and the most important network organization in the industry.

Strong representation of interests

The VDMA is the most important voice of the mechanical and plant engineering industry. It represents the common economic, technical and scientific interests of the industry in Germany and around the world.

A wide range of services

More than 500 VDMA employees worldwide support you with practical services to make the right decisions in your company - along the entire value chain.