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.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
CEEMET recently replied to the Commission’s public consultation on the new EU occupational safety and health policy framework after liaising with our members throughout Europe. We believe that a holistic approach is essential, that is looking at all elements that encompass any health and safety framework to ensure that significant risks are identified, assessed and prioritised effectively. However, this holistic approach is being undermined by non evidence based hazard-specific Directives. Attention should now focus upon ensuring that the original H&S Directives are fully effective and have been fully implemented across all Member States. It must also take into account the current economic and financial context. The use of resources needs to be optimised and OSH priorities should be focused on aligning with or assisting rather than hampering economic recovery for business and SME’s.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
The social partners of the European metal, engineering and technology-based industries, industriAll Europe and CEEMET, welcome Commission's focus on apprenticeships, but stress the need to properly involve sectoral and local level social partners and caution against oversimplifying benefits of dual systems. They furthermore stress the need for ensuring that apprenticeships offered are of high quality and facilitate the entry into the labour market for young people.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
CEEMET President Sakari Tamminen discusses the policy environment European metal-engineering- and technology industries require to stay internationally competitive and profitable in today’s world.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
The following is needed:
An investment friendly and predictable regulatory framework in Europe;
Less and better regulation;
Ensuring competitive labour markets.
The June European Council is set to pave the way on how to move forward to achieve the 20% of GDP industrial share target, proclaimed by the Commission Communication “A Stronger European Industry for Growth and Economic Recovery”. Europe must become more competitive. The results of this European Council must be to outline a programme which will lead to attracting companies to invest more in Europe, to build the factories of the future and thereby create new jobs here in Europe. The focus of the European Council must therefore be on making industrial policy the core policy of the EU rather than one of a string of what have turned out to be failing policies, which have progressively undermined the will and capacity of manufacturing companies to invest in the EU.
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