Open Markets

Meeting new challenges in free trade

The first working group of the VDMA General Assembly 2016 focuses on the question of how policymakers and the mechanical engineering sector will succeed in creating the proper framework for free trade.

VDMA: Minsk 2 cannot be allowed to become a dead end!

The EU states have decided to extend the sanctions against Russia. They cannot be eased until the end of January 2017 at the earliest. VDMA is critical of this decision.

Securing free trade

At the VDMA General Assembly on November 10 and 11, 2016 in Berlin, working group 1 will discuss what policy makers and the mechanical engineering sector can do to secure free trade.

Free trade – Time for European policy makers to step up

At the VDMA General Assembly on November 10 and 11, 2016, participants in working group I will discuss what policy makers and the mechanical engineering sector can do to secure free trade.

Mechanical engineering companies hope for free trade with South America

Trade with South America is in urgent need of stimulation. VDMA is therefore advocating the start of new negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EU and the Mercosur association of states in the next few weeks.

President Obama and Chancellor Merkel commit to TTIP

“We need to make sure that Europe and the USA do more business with one another,” said Obama on Sunday evening. In contrast to claims by its critics, TTIP would not reduce standards for workers, consumers or products, he said.

Conflict minerals: VDMA warns against bureaucracy by the back door

For mechanical engineering firms, no mandatory proof of origin will be imposed in future for the use of tungsten, tantalum, tin and gold but there will be standardised instruments for voluntary documentation.

VDMA: mechanical engineering industry sees opportunities of free trade with Mexico

Few industries need open markets as much as the mechanical engineering sector. VDMA is therefore supporting efforts by the European Commission to open up further growth markets for Europe through free trade agreements. On 13 and 14 June, the first round of negotiations took place in Brussels about strengthening the agreement with Mexico.

VDMA: agreement with Vietnam will point the way for EU free trade

German mechanical engineering companies will benefit from significantly improved trade conditions with customers from Vietnam in future. On 2 December 2015, the EU and Vietnam signed a deal on a free trade agreement which provides for almost complete dismantling of tariffs and reformed investor protection with a court to settle investment disputes.

VDMA: The mechanical engineering industry requires a comprehensive TTIP agreement

The TTIP free trade agreement must also take account of the interests of the mechanical engineering sector as Germany’s biggest export industry. At the start of the Hannover Messe trade fair on 25 April, VDMA presented a ‘red lines’ paper setting out the industry’s expectations and minimum requirements in relation to free trade with the USA.

Medium-sized industrial companies need a good TTIP

Ulrich Ackermann is confident that a draft free trade agreement between the USA and the EU could be ready by the end of the year. “But it is more important to be thorough than fast,” warned the Head of VDMA Foreign Trade.

TTIP: mechanical engineering firms do not feel threatened by agreement

Mechanical engineering firms in Germany believe that a well-negotiated TTIP free trade agreement with the USA would represent a major opportunity for more exports to the United States – and certainly do not consider it a threat to their survival.


Robert Hruby
Projektleiter Maschinenbau-Gipfel
+69 66 03-12 84

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