Network for free trade – Why the BDI is needed in Brussels

Germany’s prosperity and high living standards are based on a world of free trade. But freedom and competitiveness are not a natural given. They need a strong voice to call for them.


European energy and climate policy

G20 should enact carbon pricing

- G20 countries as driver for global implementation of Paris Agreement. more
World Trade

BDI representative office opens in Beijing

- As part of its internationalisation strategy, the BDI has opened a representative office in Beijing. President Grillo wants to intensify cooperation with Chinese politics and industry on location. more

Leading associations of German industry take over B20 presidency

- Following the G20 summit in China, BDI, BDA and DIHK jointly take over the German presidency of the official G20 business dialogue B20 more

The German government must show stronger commitment to TTIP

- BDI President Ulrich Grillo responds to the recent statements from Germany’s Economics Minister on the progress of TTIP negotiations. more
International Relations

Germany and Italy must advance digitisation

- BDI President gives speech at intergovernmental consultations calling for more investment in digital infrastructure. more

Trump damaging the economy

- In an interview with news magazine Spiegel, BDI President Grillo criticised the economic agenda of US presidential candidate Donald Trump, claiming that the Republican politician was ignoring the realities of the 21st century. more

Facts for growth-friendly EU policy

For us, European integration is not a “project” – it is an absolute necessity for Europe to help shape the future as a world region alongside the USA and China on an equal footing. To that end, we need a European Union that integrates, renews and helps to shape tomorrow’s world.



Member associations

The BDI is the umbrella organisation of German industry and industry-related service providers. It speaks on behalf of 36 sector associations and represents over 100,000 large, medium-sized and small enterprises with more than eight million employees.              


International representations

In Brussels, London, Washington and Tokyo the BDI Representations serve as forums for German enterprises. They promote business contacts in the regions and act as representatives of the interests of German business in dealings with the respective governments.


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BDI calls for a strong, ambitious, and fair Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union.