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A strong industry for a strong Europe

German industry can only be strong if its markets don’t end at the German border. This is one of the reasons why a functioning European Union is so important. Yet at the same time, a strong industrial sector also helps a stable Europe. How? Through investment, growth and jobs. To ensure this remains so in future, the BDI is committed to a pro-growth European policy.

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Positions

Improving regulation and dismantling bureaucracy is a shared duty of all EU institutions

In light of global competitive challenges, now is the time for a European regulation agenda that aims to simplify and improve the European legal framework. This agenda makes an essential contribution to citizens’ acceptance of the EU.

The European single market is a barometer of Europe’s competitiveness

We need a clear vision for the single market’s further development and a stronger focus on its implementation.

Digitalisation offers Europe important growth opportunities

A digital single market with standardised rules is necessary if we are to take full advantage of the potential of digitisation. The general conditions for a systematic buildout of broadband need to be right. Powerful networks, data protection and an extremely high degree of IT security are indispensable to the success of digital business models and connected industry in Europe.

Strong energy and climate policy in harmony with Europe

Germany’s energy transition must be part of the European single energy market, which should ensure considerable increase in competition as well as a fair conditions.