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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

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

"Thinking Energy and Industrial Policy together!"

With the so-called "Easter Package", the Federal Cabinet today adopted a comprehensive legislative package to accelerate the expansion of renewable energies.

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.

EU Commission presents new legislative package on sustainable product policy

The regulatory tsunami in the area of product policy has begun: With the publication of the first comprehensive package on sustainable product policy, the EU Commission has set another milestone under the Green Deal and the Circular Economy Package.

The Free Trade agreement with New Zealand is an important signal

VDMA welcomes the conclusion of negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement with New Zealand. However, the EU must ensure that negotiated EU trade agreements also enter into force.

Short-time work: Special regulations partially extended

The last special regulations for receiving short-time allowance expired on 30 June 2022.

Reduce cold progression in a timely manner

Employees in the machinery and plant engineering sector deserve to receive the right net from their gross while their benefits remain unchanged. The budget deliberations must keep this in mind and reduce the cold progression. The income tariff must be defused.

Important tool in competition - but too complex!

Subsidies from third countries distort production costs and have a negative impact on competition in Europe. The EU is taking action against this - the corresponding regulation is correct, but complex. Companies are now threatened with legal uncertainty.

Finally push through EU Free Trade Agreements

VDMA hopes that steps will be taken under the Czech Presidency to ensure that negotiated EU trade agreements, e.g. with Mercosur and Mexico, enter into force.

eFuels and combustion engines left in the lurch

The decision in the EU Environment Council in favor of a second emissions trading scheme is an important step toward comprehensive European greenhouse gas pricing. However, major uncertainties remain with regard to future drive technologies for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

Climate club and infrastructure initiative are just the beginning

The G7 summit showed that the Western industrialized nations want to act together on crucial issues. It is good that the G7 is pushing ahead with the establishment of an international climate club and wants to offer an alternative to the Chinese New Silk Road.

Joint filling of gas storage facilities is the right way forward

Energy security is crucial for the entire EU, especially industry. The decision by EU member states to fill their gas storage facilities before winter and to share storage facilities is a sign that the EU is determined to prevent a worst-case scenario.

New regulation of the tax interest rate

After the Federal Constitutional Court declared the regulations for interest on tax arrears and refunds to be unconstitutional with regard to the interest rate, the Bundestag has now passed a new regulation on 23.07.22. The new regulation is based on the following principles

Where do companies stand in implementing ESG requirements?

This survey surveys the status of implementation of ESG issues in companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector and maps what role they play in business relationships and what trends as well as further impacts are expected by the companies.

Road safety of mobile machinery

The EU Commission has been planning for some time to draw up its own regulation to harmonize road safety requirements for mobile machinery.

Safe energy and clean climate - harmony or interplay?

Germany and Europe want to become climate-neutral by the middle of the century. To achieve this, two challenges must be met: transforming the energy system while ensuring security of supply.

Finally, the German government wants to ratify CETA!

Commenting on the agreement reached by the government parliament groups of the SPD, Greens and FDP on a ratification law for the CETA free trade agreement, Ulrich Ackermann, head of the foreign trade department at VDMA, says:

Report on vocational training is an alarm signal

Policymakers should see the Vocational Education and Training Report 2022 as a warning signal. Without sufficient young technical specialists, Germany has no future as an industrial location. Vocational orientation and technical education at general schools remain weak points in the education system.

Agreement on the directive on minimum wages

The EU has reached an agreement on the minimum wages directive. Member states with minimum wages are required to establish a framework for setting and updating minimum wages.

Organize fair burden sharing!

The alarm level of the Gas Emergency Plan indicates the real danger of an undersupply. The actual supply situation must now be clarified quickly. The mechanical and plant engineering sector supports fair burden sharing that does not overburden individual gas consumer groups.

EU Parliament misses chance to strengthen European climate protection technologies

In its second attempt, the European Parliament has found a position on the CO2 border adjustment mechanism (CBAM). CBAM is a major field trial that potentially disadvantages the mechanical and plant engineering sector.

More and more hurdles and protective walls hamper European machinery exports

On behalf of VDMA, the Global Trade Allert Team of the University of St. Gallen has investigated the impact of protectionism on European machinery exports. Around 80% of EU machinery exports are hampered by government trade intervention.

Minimum wage: increase to come on 1 October 2022

The statutory minimum wage will rise to € 12 per hour from 1 October 2022.

Collective bargaining round: IG-Metall Executive Board recommends 7 % to 8 % increase

The Executive Board of IG Metall has issued its recommendation for the upcoming collective bargaining round in the metal and electrical industry.

Protectionism rising worldwide, harming global trade

Free trade is increasingly hampered worldwide by government protectionist measures; 80 percent of all European mechanical engineering exports are affected. This makes new free trade agreements between the EU and, for example, the Mercosur states or India all the more important.

The collective bargaining parties bear a heavy responsibility

The upcoming collective bargaining round in the M&E industry is taking place in particularly challenging times. The collective bargaining parties have to take into account a wide range of aspects and national and international developments. In this situation, excessive wage increases could well raise the specter of "stagflation".

Make supply chain due diligence law more efficient

In its latest report, the BMWK's Scientific Advisory Board shares the concerns of the business community and recommends that preventive risk management be dispensed with and that positive and negative lists be introduced.

Onshore wind energy - clarification needed on species protection

Today, the Federal Cabinet prepared further measures to advance the expansion of onshore wind energy in Germany with the draft bill to increase and accelerate the expansion of onshore wind energy facilities and the draft of a fourth law to amend the Federal Nature Conservation Act.

Finally dismantle trade barriers between the EU and India

It is high time to restart free trade negotiations with India. This opens up the opportunity to dismantle numerous trade barriers on the subcontinent. But the EU must also make concessions to India in the negotiations.

VDMA welcomes the prolongation of the COVID-certificate

The Council of the EU and the European Parliament agreed on 13 June 2022 to prolong the COVID-certificate until 30 June 2023. This guarantees free movement for assembly operations.

EU climate package vote postponed in European Parliament

On June 8, the first half of the EU Fit for 55 climate package was put to a vote in the European Parliament. Important parts of the EU climate legislation were rejected in the European Parliament and sent back to the parliamentary committees.

The WTO must be revived

The upcoming WTO ministerial conference in Geneva must lead to a revival of multilateralism within the World Trade Organization. Otherwise, the WTO is in danger of sinking into irrelevance.

Debate on excess profits is absurd

The debate about so-called excess profits and their taxation is misguided. Excess profits cannot be defined in concrete terms or delimited for tax purposes. Their levying would thus be completely arbitrary.

Innovations in tax law

The event discussed the energy transformation and digitalization, which are increasingly pushing into the industry, with their consequences for German and international tax law.

"Preventing collateral damage"

Statement by Dr. Ehrhard, Managing Director of the German Agricultural Machinery Association, on the decision in the EU Parliament on a reform of CO2 fleet limits, which is likely to lead de facto to the end of combustion engines for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

Ban on internal combustion engines means fewer opportunities for CO2 reduction

The EU Parliament has agreed to limit CO2 vehicle emissions to zero without regard to the fuel used. This will de facto ban the internal combustion engine for passenger cars - a mistake! Because the ban will reduce the diversity of climate-neutral drive technologies.

Use this opportunity to promote European climate protection technologies!

The postponement of the CBAM vote in the EU Parliament offers the opportunity to further develop the highly sensitive CO2 border adjustment in a second attempt. Exports of machinery and equipment, for example, must not be placed at a competitive disadvantage. These technologies are urgently needed worldwide to achieve the Paris climate targets.

Employer's liability for Corona infections

Two labor court rulings clearly show when employers can be liable in connection with Corona infections of employees.

Evidence Act: Digitization ban unacceptable

On 12 May 2022 the first reading on the bill to implement the Working Conditions Directive took place in the Bundestag.

Suspension of tariffs on imports from Ukraine

The EU decided in May 2022 that import tariffs on Ukrainian exports (including industrial products) will be temporarily suspended.

We need Free Trade Agreements!

The Trade Council will discuss the status of bilateral EU trade negotiations on 3 June 2022. The export-oriented machinery sector needs EU trade agreements, which also enter into force.

Reasons for termination in connection with 3G regulation

Can a falsified certificate of recovery or an invalid test certificate constitute grounds for termination of employment?

BAG on the obligation to test corona in the company

Employers may order corona tests for employees in the workplace

Launch of the "NRW - Economy in Transition" competition

For the fifth time, the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs is the patron of the "NRW Economy in Transition" competition. Applications are open until June 30, 2022.

Adoption of the data governance law

The Data Governance Act shall apply from 24 September 2023. This law is an important part of the EU's data strategy, which aims to strengthen the data economy.

Mechanical engineering: Number of job advertisements at record level

The mechanical engineering industry is looking for employees. In fact, the number of job ads is now at record levels. The indicators all speak the same language and the shortages are getting worse.

Notes on occupational infection control

The German Federal Ministry of Labor (BMAS) has now published an updated FAQ catalog following the expiration of the SARS-CoV-2 occupational health and safety regulation and rule on May 25, 2022.

The arduous path to an EU without Russian energy

How should Europe reduce its dependence on Russian oil and gas and how should the mammoth project be financed? There are no simple answers - but there was an exciting discussion about this at the VDMA reception at the Hannover Messe.

The German Supply Chain Act

The specified obligations mainly affect large companies, but the requirements can also be passed on to smaller companies in the supply chain - a legal classification.

Turning point for the Russian market

The Russian war of aggression is largely bringing the close relations of European mechanical engineering with Russian industry to a standstill. This is shown by the results of the current VDMA survey on business with Russia.


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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In times of great transformations, advances in knowledge and a good look ahead are more valuable than ever. The future role of Europe, digital security or entrepreneurial responses to climate change - the 13th German Mechanical Engineering Summit is all about big changes.

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„Price mechanisms must work and provide a good governance, especially for gas and other energy sources.“

Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of VDMA

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

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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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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

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

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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.




Rainer Hundsdörfer

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

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Dr. Daniel Chatterjee

Rolls-Royce Solutions GmbH

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Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

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Dr. Stefan Rinck

Singulus Technologies AG


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Sustainability & Energy Committee
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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.


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