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"The dithering of the Federal Minister of Finance is incomprehensible to me."
Ulrich Meißner, tax expert of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation), explained the positions and demands of the mechanical and plant engineering industry with regard to tax research promotion in a public hearing of the Finance Committee of the German Bundestag. In a short conversation with the VDMA capital office, he describes his impressions.
VDMA increases political pressure for secondment
Supported by member companies, the VDMA is increasing political pressure due to the escalating bureaucracy involved in posting employees to other European countries. The FDP parliamentary group is putting the problem on the parliamentary agenda.
VDMA: KI will only be a success through entrepreneurial freedom
Deputy VDMA Executive Director Hartmut Rauen considers the use of Artificial Intelliegnz to be largely uncritical, even if a discussion about its ethical dimensions is important, said Rauen on the occasion of the Bundestag debate on the AI strategy of the Federal Government.
Together for innovative mechanical and plant engineering
VDMA and IG Metall have joined forces with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in an "industry dialogue" in which they have committed themselves to using the economic opportunities arising from digitisation and artificial intelligence to secure the future of mechanical and plant engineering.
"Altmaier underestimates the importance of industrial medium-sized companies"
To present the "National Industrial Strategy 2030", VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann explains that Europe's competitiveness depends to a large extent on the flexibility and innovative strength of its industrial SMEs.
VDMA: "At last the coalition is moving"
VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers has reacted favourably to the announcement by Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) that the federal government intends to legislate in the foreseeable future on the tax research subsidies long demanded by the VDMA.
VDMA: "Using the expertise of temporary employment to immigrate skilled workers" (in German)
On the occasion of the latest labour market figures of the Federal Labour Office, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann demands that temporary employment in the recruitment of skilled workers from third countries should not be ruled out.
VDMA: More growth through tax relief for companies
VDMA chief economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers sees sufficient financial scope for comprehensive tax relief.
VDMA: "The competition for the best brains is just beginning"
After years of ideologically coloured debates, the VDMA believes that the planned Immigration of Skilled Workers Act is an important step in the right direction.
VDMA demands more respect for collective bargaining autonomy and freedom of association
VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann has made a clear commitment to collective bargaining autonomy. "It is evidence that employers and employees in general can largely regulate their relationship on their own." At best, the state should set a loose labour law framework, according to Brodtmann.

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