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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.

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In the daily political debate, convincing arguments are the be-all and end-all. In the VDMA's BriefPositions you will find short statements on current controversial issues. They supplement the "Common Economic Policy Positions of the German Engineering Industry".

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Economic policy positions of the mechanical and plant engineering industry 2022

The VDMA advocates for its members at national, European and international level. Its economic policy positions are derived from the conviction that competition, individual responsibility and open markets are the basis for individual and overall economic success.

Facilitate skilled labor immigration through temporary work

As the largest industrial employer, the German mechanical and plant engineering sector is more dependent on well-trained employees than almost any other industry. The cross-sector shortage of skilled workers is therefore a particular concern for mechanical engineering companies. The announced reform of the Skilled Worker Immigration Act has raised hopes among them that qualified immigration will at least alleviate the shortage of skilled workers. Temporary staffing should be included as an intermediary in this process.

Implementing supply chain due diligence law in contracts

Due to the great interest in our first event on this topic on 11.10.2022, we are offering an additional online event on 06 December 2022 from 10:00 - 14:00.

EU Trade Council must push ahead with trade agreements

The Ministers in the Trade Council should give impetus to the EU-Commission to conclude trade agreements and to ensure that concluded trade agreements enter into force.

The EU Parliament's draft report must be amended

In November, the EU Parliament published the draft report on corporate sustainability obligations. The draft goes even further than the EU Commission's proposal. The VDMA is calling for this to be changed.

Collective bargaining round: Pilot agreement in Baden-Württemberg

Employers in Baden-Württemberg reached an agreement with IG Metall on 18 November 2022, on a pilot agreement for the current round of collective bargaining in the metal and electrical industry.

Mechanical and plant engineering: engineers sought like never before

The number of vacancies for engineers in the mechanical engineering sector has reached a new high and demand will continue to grow. Currently, two out of three companies have engineering vacancies to fill.

NRW starter package for climate-neutral SMEs

The state of NRW supports measures for climate-neutral production. Support is provided for consulting and the preparation of concepts for a company's own climate-neutral transformation.

COP is the backbone of global climate policy - but that is not enough!

The final phase of the COP27 world climate conference has been difficult, with the joint final declaration on the back burner for a while. Although the world climate conference remains a decisive format, it needs strong complementary initiatives that bring concrete climate protection forward. Keyword "Climate Club

Agreement in an exceptionally difficult environment

In an exceptionally difficult environment, the collective bargaining round in the metal and electrical industry produced an acceptable result. The differentiation options, the 24-month term and the step-by-step increase give companies a degree of planning certainty.

EU reporting requirements - VDMA survey reveals bureaucratic monster

The VDMA survey "Employment in Europe 2022" once again proves that the patchwork of EU reporting requirements is associated with enormous costs and effort for VDMA member companies.

Staying on track in the crisis: What are the current priorities of the EU now?

The Corona pandemic already proved to be a challenge for the European Union but it managed to stay on track. Then in 2022 the war in Ukraine began and with it a series of consequences. Can Europe once again manage the balancing act between crisis mode and long-term strategies? An outlook on what to expect from EU policy.

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.

PFAS Restrictions in Maine/USA

Per - and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are not only the focus of substance restrictions within the EU and Germany, but are increasingly being restricted in other countries.

VDMA positions on EU issues at a glance

Whether it's new free trade agreements, legislation to achieve climate targets or proposals on digitalization and much more - the European Office in Brussels advocates for the interests of the mechanical engineering industry at European level.

„Resilience and flexibility with decentralised energy solutions“

At the EnergyDecentral trade fair, exhibitors will be showing trends and solutions for decentralised energy supply from 15 November.

Our Board of Directors for 2022 to 2026

"The future of mechanical engineering in turbulent times" was the motto of the general meeting of the VDMA North on November 2 in the "Former Main Customs Office" in Hamburg's Hafen-City.

Mechanical engineering industry takes a critical view of Euro 7

The new Euro 7 emissions standard is pursuing the right goal with the wrong means. The VDMA criticizes the now envisaged design of the test procedures.

EU Energy Taxation should reflect climate impact of energy carriers

18 associations, including VDMA Power-to-X for Applications, have now jointly published a document on the revision of the European Energy Taxation Directive.

Do not forget Thailand

VDMA is calling for the EU and Thailand to resume trade negotiations. This way tariffs and non-tariff barriers can finally be removed.

East German mechanical engineering in the sights of politicians

Two main topics were on the agenda of the latest political talks held by VDMA Ost: foreign trade with China and the challenges and potential of eastern German industry.

Saudi Arabia drives energy transition forward

Saudi Arabia is investing billions in hydrogen projects to remain the world's energy supplier. The country's economic transformation is also being vigorously pursued.

Strict Covid 19 measures cause considerable difficulties for machinery manufacturers in China

Strict zero covid policies in China continue to significantly hamper business for local machinery and equipment manufacturers. And there is no improvement in sight, with a quarter of companies expecting business to actually worsen over the next six months.

The combustion engine needs to have a future

Combustion engine technology is part of the solution for global climate protection with the help of green, CO2-neutral fuels. VDMA therefore supports the concerns expressed by EU Commissioner Breton regarding a ban on internal combustion engines from 2035.

Cabinet agrees on amendments to abolish cold progression

At its meeting on November 2, 2022, the federal cabinet approved the new reports on tax progression and subsistence level and agreed on adjustments to the Inflation Compensation Act already before parliament.

Federal Council advocates reduced corporate tax burden

In the course of its statement on the Annual Tax Act 2022, the Bundesrat calls for a reduction of the corporate tax burden to 25% and an unlimited declining balance depreciation. Thus, central VDMA positions are taken up.

Federal Council approves second amendment to SESTA

Parliament and Federal Council launch reform of national emissions trading - A balancing act between climate protection and security of supply

BAFA handout on the complaints procedure

BAFA now also publishes a handout on the complaint procedure under the Supply Chain Sourcing Obligations Act (LkSG).

Supporting documents for the ZVEI-VDMA Code of Conduct

Here you will find accompanying documents to support you in implementing the contents (compliance and sustainability topics) described in the ZVEI-VDMA Code of Conduct in your company.

No short-time allowance due to rising energy costs

Companies that have to cut back production due to the sharp rise in energy costs cannot base an application for short-time allowance on this.

Mercosur must be implemented now!

Only the Mercosur agreement will enable the EU to successfully build political pressure to limit further deforestation of the rainforest. After the election of the new Brazilian president, the Mercosur agreement should therefore finally be concluded.

Technology and knowledge transfer with innovation2business.nrw

In their search for innovations, companies in NRW are not left to their own devices - they can benefit from the range of services offered by the subsidized innovation2business project.

Securing the future with research funding

The mechanical and plant engineering sector is constantly working on technical answers to the pressing questions of our time. These include digitally networked production and the mobility of the future, as well as climate protection and global nutrition. For this, companies need a framework that promotes innovation. This includes research funding that is open to a wide range of topics, strengthens German competitiveness and thus helps secure jobs in Germany.

Trade agreements: an exclusive European competence?

The EU-Commission is considering splitting future bilateral agreements to accelerate the approval of the trade part. German Chancellor Scholz signals he is supportive. What does this mean?

Industry needs a strong united Europe

France and Germany are the engine of European economic development, and the two countries must not allow themselves to be divided. In view of the current tensions, a signal of cohesion is needed.

Companies in the sector should check whether they are affected when using diisocyanates

Substances containing diisocyanates, such as adhesives, coatings, sealants and foams, may only be used in the EU after 24 August 2023 if their diisocyanate content is below 0.1 percent by weight or if special training is evidenced for employees using these substances. Mechanical engineering is affected in very many sectors.

Temporary work can help skilled labor immigration

Immigration of skilled workers from third countries can alleviate the shortage of skilled workers. Temporary staffing agencies could play a key role here. It is therefore incomprehensible that politicians want to maintain the ban on temporary employment.

Türkiye instead of Turkey

Turkey has announced that only "Türkiye" will be used as the country name in international correspondence.

China is indispensable market for mechanical engineering

China is a very important market for German mechanical engineering companies like ruhlamat - and at the same time an increasingly important competitor. Fair rules are important here.

Crisis must not undermine the debt brake

The current energy price crisis is challenging, but must not be a reason to undermine the debt brake in general. A disproportionate burden on future generations must be prevented.

Reporting obligation according to LkSG

BAFA publishes questionnaire on reporting obligation under the Supply Chain Sourcing Obligations Act (LkSG)

The transfer of personal data to the USA

US President Biden brought forward on 7 October 2022 a new data privacy agreement with the EU through an Executive Order.

Where do companies stand in implementing ESG requirements?

The VDMA surveyed the ESG implementation status in the summer of 2022. Now the survey results are available in the initial evaluation.

Skilled labour strategy: Policymakers must now follow up with action

On 12 October 2022 the German government published its new skilled labor strategy.

SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation: new FAQs from the BMAS

The German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) recently published and updated FAQs on the new SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

Current directives of the Federal Employment Agency

In September 2022 it was decided to extend individual special regulations for the receipt of short-time allowance.

Companies need relief from regulatory burden

In its work program, the EU Commission ignores the difficult environment for industrial SMEs. Companies do not need any further burdens, but urgently need to be relieved of the immense number of regulatory projects.

Nuclear power plant compromise only helps if other measures also take effect

A compromise was reached at the last minute in the dispute over Germany's nuclear power plants. This can only work if the targeted renewable energy capacities are actually added next year.

The German Packaging Act (VerpackG)

The German Packaging Act regulates the requirements for the production, placing on the market and disposal of packaging. The target is to avoid packaging waste and recycle more packaging.

EU Data Act and industrial data: More risks than opportunities?

The Data Act reshuffles the cards for the data economy by proposing new rules for access to operational data. For manufacturers of connected machines, the Act creates both difficulties and opportunities.


VDMA Infoportal Ukraine War
The machinery and plant engineering sector condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the strongest possible terms. The VDMA will support its member companies in word and deed in order to master the many challenges that are now arising.
VDMA Brief on Politics and Business
In the daily political debate, convincing arguments are the be-all and end-all. In the VDMA's BriefPositions you will find short statements on current controversial issues.
Labor Market
Competitiveness, growth and job security require adaptability, value creation based on the division of labour and a flexible labour market. Digitalisation requires modern framework conditions for Work 4.0.
For a united and strong Europe
For the mechanical engineering industry, as one of the largest industrial sectors in the EU economy, Europe is a home market. Therefore, VDMA is committed to a strong and capable EU.
The transitional arrangement between the EU and the UK expired at the end of December 2020. There will certainly be changes concerning trade with the UK. What do mechanical and plant engineering companies need to anticipate?
Green Deal
With the "Green Deal", the European Commission has presented a far-reaching program for more climate and environmental protection in the EU in 2019. The central goal is to become climate neutral by 2050, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 1990 emission levels and to further promote the circular economy in Europe.
Securing skilled workers
Almost 60 percent of employees in the mechanical and plant engineering sector are skilled workers. Alongside engineers, they shape the role of mechanical and plant engineering as a decisive enabler for green technologies.
The Corona pandemic poses numerous challenges for companies' day-to-day operations. Our service portal provides VDMA members with country and travel advice, information on legal and insurance issues, and helpful links to other organizations.

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„Many of our companies feel overwhelmed to actively search the world for technicians willing to emigrate who are eligible to work in Germany.“

Karl Haeusgen, VDMA President

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Gas consumption by industry in August 2022 was 22 percent lower than the average for 2018 to 2021. This is partly due to efficiency gains, but the decline in production also had an impact here.

Source: Federal Network Agency

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Corporate due diligence obligations
The so-called Supply Chain Due Diligence Act is to come into force in stages from 01.01.2023. Developments are also picking up speed at the European level. The scope of due diligence includes:
  • a company policy
  • a risk assessment
  • prevention and remediation measures
  • a complaints mechanism
  • communication (reporting)

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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
Committee on Macroeconomic Issues

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.



Dipl.-Kfm. Bodo Finger

Maschinenfabrik Mönninghoff

Markets & Economy Committee
Committee on Foreign Trade

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.



Tax Committee
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 Energy Germany AG

Legal Committee
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.


Dr. Jörg Kondring

Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

Research, Innovation & Technology Committee
Research and Innovation Committee
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.


Dr. Stefan Rinck

Singulus Technologies AG


Hartmut Rauen

Legal Committee
Public procurement
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.


Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Markus Janse

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Sustainability & Energy Committee
VDMA Environmental Policy Committee

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.


Dr. Stefanie Grubert

Bosch Rexroth AG

Sustainability & Energy Committee
Committee on Climate and Energy Policy
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.


Dr. Daniel Chatterjee

Rolls-Royce Solutions GmbH

Education & Modern Working Committee
VDMA Education 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

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