ZVEI key positions for the new EU Commission

On 16 July 2019 Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) was elected by the European Parliament as the new President of the EU Commission. Now the EU Commission's work programme for the next five years has to be written. On 10 September 2019, the former German Defence Minister presented her 26 EU Commissioners and already set out the political direction in the Mission Letters. Probably on 1 December 2019, Von der Leyen will then assume the office of outgoing President Jean-Claude Juncker for the period 2019-2024.

The electrical industry stands for a strong and united Europe, for open markets and competition, for common values and solidarity. In the coming legislative period, the European Union will have the opportunity to act. It can now lay the foundations for a strong, sustainable, and competitive Europe; a Europe that ensures our long-term prosperity. It can now help to build a European industrial data and platform economy so that we can establish a sustainable digital ecosystem in Europe. ZVEI presents a paper with concrete European positions on industrial policy, the digital economy, sustainability, and world trade. These positions are an invitation for further discussion in the respective verticals. We want to shape the challenges of our time - globalisation, climate change, and digital transformation - together. This requires an awareness of cooperation and a willingness to compromise.


ZVEI Position Paper: What we must now do together for our future

A Union that Strives for More (political programm of Von der Leyen)

Speach of Von der Leyen before her election as President of the EU Commission

European Office

Strong hub in the European network

Three core topics are at the centre of the political work in Brussels: the digital economy, energy and the environment as well as international trade. The ZVEI European Office also represents the German electrical and electronic industry in the areas of Industrie 4.0, standardisation, industrial policy and European research policy under the new Horizon Europe Framework. The European Office always has the five ZVEI lead markets in mind: industry, energy, mobility, health and construction. ZVEI works closely on these topics with the European Commission, the European Parliament and EU representatives at Council level and in the EU member states. There, it represents the positions of the electrical and electronic industry.

With its 1,600 member companies, ZVEI is the symbol of a strong Europe. The ZVEI members are deeply rooted in their regions and active worldwide, whilst retaining a European outlook - this is not a contradiction, but an advantage and a strength. A strong Europe means that the German electrical and electronic industry remains at the forefront of global competition and can have a say in global regulations; at the same time, it ensures stability and prosperity on our continent. ZVEI member companies need global solutions and European cohesion. For the ZVEI and its members, the European Union is a model of success, the guarantor of peace and freedom on European soil and an important framework of values within which entrepreneurial activities and democratic societies can develop well. 

ZVEI's European network also includes the European associations - Orgalim, T&D Europe, Digitaleurope, Cemep, Cocir and many other sectoral organisations - as well as BDI and Businesseurope. ZVEI is involved with them and works with its partners from all over Europe on joint solutions and positions. There are also joint initiatives on many topics with partner associations from other European countries, such as Fieec from France, Kigeit from Poland or Teknikföretagen from Sweden.