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02.12.2014
 

Commission President Juncker details his Commission’s investment package

The European Commission has published more details on its €315 billion infrastructure investment plan, delegating a large role to the European Investment Bank (EIB). The bank will manage an initial fund of €21 billion of public money to trigger a multitude of investments by other sources, both public and private. Assembled over the summer by the team of Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen, the Commission wants to create a new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI),...

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02.12.2014
 

CECE reaches out to (new) MEPs

Following the successful visit in October of the French MEP Françoise Grossetête to the CAT factory in Grenoble, the base of CECE President Eric Lepine, CECE is co-organising with Swedish member SACE and Volvo a visit of Swedish MEPs to the Volvo CE factory in Eskilstuna, early next year. A further delegation of MEPS is being planned for the INTERMAT trade fair in Paris in April 2015. These special visits come on top of the more regular CECE outreach and meetings with MEPs in Brussels. The...

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02.12.2014
 

CECE event at the European Parliament: an opportunity to have a say on smart regulation, trade and competitiveness

On the 5th November 2014 CECE, together with its sister associations FEM and CEMA organized a high-level policy discussion at the European Parliament between Paul Rübig MEP, Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP and Vicky Ford MEP, officials from the European Commission as well as business leaders from the European Machinery Industry. With the start of the new European Commission’s mandate, it was very timely for CECE and its sister associations to say that the EU should put a fresh focus on smart...

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02.12.2014
 

Medium Combustion Plant Directive: Scope needs to be clarified

CECE is advocating for a clarification of the scope of the proposed Directive for Medium Combustion Plants which is currently debated in the European Parliament and Council. The proposed Directive for Medium Combustion Plants (MCP) does not exclude non-road mobile machinery. It requires 1MW thermal input which is comparable to 400-500 kW mechanical output. Consequently machinery above 400 kW could be considered to fall within its scope. This would be double regulation, as NRMM engines in this...

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02.12.2014
 

RoHS II: Study on NRMM exclusion

The European Commission is looking into the definition of non-road mobile machinery in the RoHS II Directive aimed at restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. CECE had voiced concerns regarding this definition. Non-road mobile machinery is excluded from the scope of the RoHS II Directive. However, the definition in the directive is limited to NRMM with “on-board power source”. CECE therefore has been pointing out that “cable-only powered...

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02.12.2014
 

Other Industry association asks for withdrawal of Market surveillance and CPSR proposals

CECE acknowledged that other industry associations, such as Orgalime (European engineering industries association) will formally request the European Commission to withdraw the Market surveillance and Consumer Product Safety Regulation. Most Orgalime members are against a mandatory ‘country of origin’ marking as it will not in itself lead to safer products. However, even if the mandatory marking were removed, Orgalime says there are many other issues that could cause legal uncertainty,...

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02.12.2014
 

CECE General Position on the EC Initiative to establish a European e-compliance system for market surveillance

The European Commission is exploring how compliance with Union harmonisation legislation can be demonstrated / controlled electronically (“eCompliance” concept). In this context, the Commission consulted Member States, ADCOs, manufacturers and Notified Bodies over the course of 2014. Following stakeholder contributions, the Commission has formulated various provisional options regarding a future eCompliance system and will carry out an impact assessment to evaluate them. Hence, the...

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02.12.2014
 

EC launches an independent review of the European Standardisation System

The Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012  of the European Parliament and of the Council on European standardisation is the legal basis for the Union to use European standards for products and for services in support of Union legislation and policies, to identify ICT technical specifications and to finance European standardisation. The Regulation also sets obligations to European standardisation organisations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) and national standardisation bodies on transparency of...

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02.12.2014
 

High marks for the CECE Congress 2014

The CECE Congress 2014 can be considered a success story in view of the excellent attendance and a very high satisfaction rate. CECE and Agoria surveyed the attendants on how they valued the programme, its organisation, the speakers, the facilities through your replies to the Congress questionnaire and the impressions collected during the event by our team. In sum, all the key elements -- topic, content, relevance of the speakers an organisation -- all scored high marks, with some absolute...

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02.12.2014
 

New Technical Commission Chairman expected soon

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