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There is lot of work ahead to complete the Single Market – but it is worth it

Europe needs strong, internationally competitive industrial policies to create jobs, prosperity and growth. An integrated EU industrial policy must set the right parameters for this. The German industrial sector generates more than one quarter of the European Union’s total gross industrial value added. This means that it is very much in Germany’s interest to have policies that set the right parameters at European level for an internationally competitive industrial sector.

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Investment Plan for Europe


European industrial and economic policy, internal market

Soapbox speeches from London increase economic uncertainty

- BDI (Federation of German Industries) Director General Joachim Lang comments about Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to Berlin. Instead of specifying concrete proposals with regard to future relations with the continent, London is delaying making its position clear. more
European industrial and economic policy, internal market

More clarity at last – the UK should rapidly agree to EU27 proposal

- BDI Director General Joachim Lang responds to the EU decision on the Brexit negotiation guidelines and the proposed transition period until the end of 2020. more
World Trade

“We urgently need a new government”

- The BDI expects a GDP increase of 2.25 percent in 2018. 2018 must be a year of action, BDI President Dieter Kempf said. A future federal government will have to spend money in areas where there are increasing opportunities for growth, where jobs can be secured and new ones created. more
European industrial and economic policy, internal market

Brexit: UK government needs to reach agreement before an agreement with Brussels is possible

- BDI Director General Joachim Lang laments the lack of a breakthrough after the latest meeting between UK Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Lang calls on the British government to reach agreement internally. more
European industrial and economic policy, internal market

Ample progress must be achieved ahead of the next summit in December

- After a meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and economic representatives midday today, Director General of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) Joachim Lang said that some necessary steps must still be made. more
International Relations

BDI on European Council decision: “Regrettable but justified”

- In its most recent meeting, the European Council decided not to move into the second phase of the Brexit negotiations. The situation will be reviewed again in December 2017. BDI Director General Joachim Lang expressed his understanding but also underlined the need for clear progress before the next... more
European industrial and economic policy, internal market

Prepare for very hard Brexit

- BDI Director General Joachim Lang warns: “German firms must prepare for the worst-case scenario of a very hard exit, anything else would be naïve.” The BDI set up a task force to identify potential and acute risks associated with the UK’s exit from the EU and to develop constructive solution... more