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FEM political priorities

  • Unleash the Internal Market of 27 and +
    FEM strongly supports the completion of the Single Market in every respect: the free movement of goods, workforce, capital and services as well as the harmonisation of the business regulatory environment.

  • Foster international trade and investments
    The European materials handling industry relies strongly on exports. We support any initiatives fostering trade and seeking to remove tariffs and non-tariff barriers. We think that environmental and social issues should be clearly separated from trade negotiations

  • Better regulation for responsible actors
    EM members are very aware of their social responsibility. When regulation is necessary, our industry expects it to be based on serious and documented impact assessments. Preference should be given to industry self-regulatory initiatives and consultation. FEM acknowledges that the “better regulation” initiative from the Commission is a step in the right direction.

  • Release entrepreneurial energy
    As a highly innovative industry developing individual solutions for our customers, the materials handling sector needs flexible adaptation to the business environment and a minimal administrative burden.

  • Quality and “New Approach”
    The materials handling industry strongly supports the concept of the “new approach” combining harmonised standards with the manufacturer’s self-declaration of conformity.

  • Appropriate environmental and safety policy
    The materials handling industry is committed to sustainable development and improvement of safety at work. Our industry innovates in terms of energy efficiency and prevention of occupational hazards but is also faced with competitors operating with much less stringent requirements. The regulatory authorities must help the industry preserve its competitiveness.

  • Stop subsidising
    The materials handling industry is in favour of a worldwide open and competitive market. We expect the European institutions to act in Europe and in the rest of the world against subsidies, state aids and public protectionist interventions.

  • A larger and better qualified workforce for our industry
    To withstand global competition our industry needs the best educated engineers. We support initiatives aimed at facilitating the movement of students within Europe and adjusting education to the needs of industry.