Will the Commission let the WEEE and RoHS proposals undermine its European Economic Recovery Plan?

Orgalime welcomes the Commission’s adoption today of a European Economic Recovery Plan to support the real economy. Such a coordinated European approach does indeed provide an encouraging and positive signal for Europe’s manufacturing companies. For the engineering industry, in particular the proposal to focus more efforts on energy efficiency, on hi-tech infrastructures and on R&D in the area of enabling technologies, it is a welcome signal.

“It is indeed high time that the European institutions & national governments appreciate the fundamental contribution that our industry - the EU’s major manufacturing sector - provides to the European economy. The goods and services that our companies provide create real jobs and real wealth: this is particularly important at a time when the financial sector has shown its limitations and is no longer providing the support that the economy, including manufacturing industry, has come to expect of it.” stated Orgalime President, Robert Mahler who added “it is therefore particularly important at this time, that governments and the EU institutions should get their priorities right: they need to focus on helping companies to keep skilled manufacturing jobs here in Europe, rather than on pushing a dogmatic regulatory agenda which imposes significant new burdens on EU manufacturers.”

25 November, 2008
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