THE EU IS ALIVE - NOW IT IS TIME TO DELIVER
The next European Commission will focus on topics such as the climate and a strong economic policy. This is an opportunity for mechanical engineering, but the industry must ensure that its views are taken into account by lawmakers.
GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS FROM KATOWICE
Despite the withdrawal of the US, the global community of states keeps fighting to make the Paris Agreement work. However, the World Climate Summit in December failed to set some crucial incentives to promote investment in climate friendly technologies.
AI INVESTMENTS IN RESEARCH: WHERE SHOULD THE MONEY GO?
The European Union and national governments are planning to spend significant sums on the development of artificial intelligence. Although this is good news for Europe’s position in AI, its success depends heavily on how and where the funds are actually spent.
BREXIT: HOPE FOR THE BEST, PREPARE FOR THE WORST
The EU member states have adopted a draft agreement on the modalities of Great Britain's withdrawal from the EU. But since the deal might be vetoed by the British parliament, companies should still prepare for a possible hard Brexit.
HOW TO DEAL WITH CHINA?
China is not only a huge market for European companies, but also a major competitor. The EU now wants to establish tighter control of Chinese investments in Europe - a step that is sparking controversial debates within the industry community.
POSTING OF WORKERS DIRECTIVE - WHAT ARE THE KEY ISSUES?
Almost every country is implementing the details of the EU Posting of Workers Directive in a different manner. Nevertheless, there are fundamental questions that companies need to clarify in advance and for which they need to plan the corresponding time and budget. Here is a checklist for companies that post workers.
THE EU'S QUEST FOR AN INTELLIGENT APPROACH TO AI
With the Communication on Artificial Intelligence, the European Commission has opened the debate on how to encourage the use of AI - and also maybe how to regulate it. While the Commission's proposal takes a rather optimistic view, there is still the danger of harmful legislation based on doomsday scenarios. In industrial applications, AI technologies such as machine learning are promising and challenging, but they are a long way from disrupting the legal and ethical framework.