Engineers are a driving force for social development. Their contribution to technological innovation is essential for achieving economic growth, creating new jobs, securing energy supply, sustaining natural resources and tackling the challenges associated with climate change.
As the voice of engineers in Germany and one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe, the VDI advocates public policies which provide a framework in which engineers can fully unfold their great potential for innovation.
Biomimetics products have been successful in the market. They are characterized by a high degree of added value and resource efficiency. Hence, the further development of biomimetics products and technologies can contribute in a meaningful way to enhancing the competitiveness and resource efficiency of the economy. In their joint position paper on the future of biomimetics, VDI and BIOKON call on policy decision makers in Germany as well as the EU to create more innovation-friendly conditions to reap the potential benefits that biomimectics offer. The summary lists the most salient points of the paper in English
VDI calls for better standardization in as well as user friendly quality test procedures and certificates for LED lighting products to foster market penetration of LED solutions in the EU. Moreover, the participation of these SMEs in research funding in the field of LED should be fostered, e.g. by emphasizing research topics which are relevant to small and medium-sized companies.
The VDI comments on selected questions raised by DG Research and Innovation in the context of the consultation on the EU Commission’s Green Paper on a common strategic framework for EU research and innovation funding.
FEANI calls on the EU Commission not to come up with unnecessary and cumbersome regulation when revising the EU Professional Qualifications Directive as this would create additional barriers for the free movement of professionals. Instead, the EU should facilitate free cross-border movement of engineers, e.g. by allowing the introduction and use of a professional card.
VDI comments on questions raised by EU Commission concerning the EU raw materials strategy.
The European Engineering Report commissioned provides comprehensive overview of the most important indicators with respect to the European labour market for engineers and their education.
The EU is dedicated to promoting professional mobility across borders. To achieve this, the process for recognising professional qualifications must be significantly sped up and simplified for engineers in particular. The engineerING card, a professional card for engineers, can make a decisive contribution to this process.