Wednesday, February 12, 2014
BDI (the Federation of German Industries) and MEDEF (the French interprofessional employers’ organisation) have joined forces in the run up to the European Council on 20-21 March, to push competitiveness and job creation in Europe. The two organisations who together represent a sizeable share of Europe’s industry are asking the German and French governments and their counterparts across Europe to take “strong and urgent action” to provide Europe with a “clear strategy, and an unambiguous decision to put the competitiveness of European businesses at the core of each and every European policy”. They also call for a number of fundamental changes in European governance to ensure a “more effective and well-managed Europe” and have issued eight policy recommendations. Click here for more information.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
CEEMET advocates simplifying the existing EU regulatory system for health and safety risks from exposure to chemical substances so that this results in greater understanding, more consistency and predictability for employers and SME’s who operate in this very complex regulatory environment. This is a key message in a CEEMET position paper published today. It is of the utmost necessity that the existing EU framework for chemicals be streamlined and consolidated. As is currently stands it is inconsistent, overlapping, confusing, and uncoordinated. EU policy makers should adopt a universal and holistic approach to the management of chemicals. This will have the added value of reducing administrative burdens and compliance costs, thus improving EU competitiveness globally.
Monday, December 09, 2013
A favourable operating environment for European companies is needed to ensure investment, innovation and job creation.
Other types of effective measures are needed at Member State level to improve employment, attract investment and ensure competitiveness. These should include ambitious labour market reforms, public sector adjustments since industry cannot fund the current large public sector size in the long run. Moderation of taxation and guaranteed funding for the industry are additional measures to consider.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion joined CEEMET’s General Assembly meeting to discuss the Commission’s recent Communication on the Social Dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union. All parties agreed that the improved involvement of social partners is essential.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
The Consultative Commission on Industrial change (CCMI) of the European Economic and Social Committee organised a hearing to discuss their latest report on the challenges of the European engineering industry (mechanical, electrical, electronic and metalworking) in a changing global economy. CEEMET Director General Uwe Combüchen was invited to address the meeting and highlighted some crucial points concerning the future of MET (metal, engineering and technology) industry. He welcomed the inclusive report and pointed out that “Countries with a strong industrial base generally have better weathered the storm of the financial and economic crisis. The share of manufacturing has continued to decline however so it will be challenging, in particular in advanced economies, to increase the manufacturing share in an increasingly international competition”. He went on stressing the importance of coherent, stable and predictable regulation for manufacturing industry, “The principles of smart regulation should be respected at all times, including proportionality, continuous assessment of existing legislation and thorough impact assessment”.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A joint seminar on the European Social Model organised by the European Parliament’s Employment Committee together with CEDEFOP, EU-OSHA, Eurofound and ETF gathered experts from the world of work, academia and politics to debate the latest trends in social policy and consider “how the EU Social Model can and does contribute to the improvement of the current social and economic landscape, ensuring a sustainable and competitive future”.
CEEMET Director General Uwe Combüchen contributed to the discussion as a panellist and pointed out that “An internationally competitive Europe with an equally competitive industrial base is the precondition for growth with sustainable and quality jobs, wealthy societies and for sustainable social security systems”. He underlined that whereas Europe shared common values, no single European Social model exists. He continued discussing the importance of social partners’ autonomy at national levels and elaborated on the successes and on-going projects MET industry EU level Social Dialogue had brought.
Friday, September 06, 2013
There is no single CSR business case. Every company is different and has to assess if they can be profitable and at the same time engage in initiatives concerning environmental, societal or employee-related matters beyond its legal obligations. The feasibility of the request to report on risks related to companies’ voluntary CSR practices is questionable. The business executives must bear responsibility for the impact of CSR on the company’s financial situation and understand the business value generated by the allocation of resources to CSR practices within their companies.
CSR initiatives make sense when they are consistent with the companies’ strategies and when they are economically sustainable. The Commission proposes that companies report on a list of areas even if they may not be relevant to their businesses. This kind of approach is not sustainable and will not create and ensure genuine interest of companies to topics they are obliged to report on.
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