We’ve been keeping up a sustained pace and have no intention of letting up, given the pivotal role our technology industries have to play in realising the recovery objectives. We have published six new position papers in the past few weeks, contributing industry insights and expertise on key topics ranging from the CBAM and foreign subsidies to alternative fuels and cybersecurity. And we’ve continued to bring industry’s voice to key policy discussions: at the launch event of the European Parliament Intergroup on 'Long-Term Investment and Sustainable & Competitive Industry’, in our latest Industrial Strategy in Focus roundtable, which tackled Europe’s future trade strategy, and in the next event in this series, on AI in the industrial context, is coming up on 2 December.
Orgalim General Assembly appoints new Chair and Vice-Chair
On 18 November, the Orgalim General Assembly appointed Jaakko Hirvola, CEO of Technology Industries of Finland, as new Chair of the General Assembly and Board of Directors. Stefan Brupbacher, Director General of Swiss association Swissmem, was elected Vice-Chair.
Environment: Orgalim views and recommendations on the Sustainable Products Initiative
Orgalim welcomes the Commission’s sustainable product policy legislative initiative as a key measure to further optimise the way resources are used throughout the economy and society. This important European initiative is in line with the broader global UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”.
Insights into Europe’s future trade strategy
Flexible global supply chains increase resilience. Moreover, a better access to international markets is essential to deliver Europe’s climate and digital agenda. These were two of the key takeaways that emerged from Orgalim’s latest 'Industrial Strategy in Focus' roundtable on Europe’s future trade strategy, held virtually on 12 November and attracting more than 200 participants.
Internal Market: Orgalim comments on the 2020 draft Blue Guide
We remain convinced that the New Approach and the New Legislative Framework are the best tools to support the proper functioning of the European Single Market for Goods. We greatly appreciate the amount of work the European Commission has done to accommodate the industry’s need for additional guidance when it comes to the application of NLF.
Digital Transformation: Proposal for a horizontal legislation on cybersecurity for networkable products within the New Legislative Framework
Drawing up a single horizontal legislation on cybersecurity for networkable products within the NLF would be the best policy option to protect Europe against cybersecurity risks while strengthening the EU’s Single Market. If all actors are working together, the implementation of this option would be achieved more quickly than by drawing up individual fragmented regulations as is currently envisioned by the legislators.
Trade: Orgalim comments on the Commission White Paper on foreign subsidies in the Internal Market
Orgalim advocates for open and rules-based trade, and we are concerned about the increasingly protectionist policies of some third countries. In this context, Orgalim supports the aim of the White Paper on foreign subsidies to create a level playing field at international level, specifically by tackling illegal state subsidies by third countries in the Internal Market.
Energy & Climate: Orgalim recommendations on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive revision
Alongside the decarbonisation of Europe’s electricity production, battery and fuel cell electric vehicles represent an ever more important means of decarbonising road transport. However, the lack of recharging points in some regions, insufficient smart grid development, and difficulties encountered by consumers looking for easy access to the infrastructure remain among the most important barriers that hinder the wider use of vehicles and vessels running on alternative fuels today.
Trade: Orgalim contribution to the Commission consultation on a possible Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism – CBAM
We question the workability of a possible Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism for our sectors. There are, for example, many concerns about the high bureaucratic impact of the implementation and its costs, as it is very difficult to measure the carbon footprint of an imported complex product, taking into account both the carbon footprint of the final product and its components.