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Newsletter March 2017

 EUnited Robotics Newsletter - March 2017
 Chairman's Report
 Digital disruptions in the forefront of the 2nd European Robotics Summit
 European Parliament says no to robot tax
 European Parliament’s motion on new robotics regulations bolsters bureaucracy
 EU’s innovative new funding project RobMoSys kicked off
 Impact of EU environmental sustainability policies on employment & skills in machine tools and robotics sectors
 Save the Dates



Chairman's Report

Dear EUnited Robotics Members,
Dear Readers,



I am pleased to start our first newsletter in 2017 by welcoming three new members: Yaskawa, Kawasaki, and Cognibotics. We look forward to working closely with all of them.

We recently concluded our unique event, the European Robotics summit. The feedback and contributions received from all participants are greatly appreciated. We will get back to you soon.

As you are probably aware, an important issue hanging over the robotics sector recently is the European Parliament’s adopted resolution suggesting to impose a set of rules and regulations on robots. In fact, there still seems to be a big gap in knowledge among some policy-makers as to what robotics is all about in the real world. Last but not least, a key idea of the resolution - the suggestion of taxing robots - was not supported by the European Parliament. So our efforts to communicate with the European institutions have had a positive impact. EUnited Robotics continues to be actively involved in constructive dialogue and raising awareness about robots and robotics technology.

Enjoy the read.

Walter Zulauf
Chairman of EUnited Robotics and Director of Technology at Güdel Group AG

EUnited Robotics Website
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Digital disruptions in the forefront of the 2nd European Robotics Summit

The one-and-a-half day interactive and intense working meeting aims to interconnect, involve, inform, and inspire the robotics decision-makers to come up with strategies for future success. The summit, organized by EUnited Robotics, generally focuses on the latest megatrends with a big impact on industry.



Participants of the 2nd European robotics Summit gathered at the historical Eberbach Monastery in Eltville, Germany, on 7-8 March 2017. They consisted of the Key-players of the European robotics industry and experts in machine intelligence and innovation platforms for new business models.

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European Parliament says no to robot tax

In February, the European Parliament voted on a resolution with proposals for creating robot laws. A separate vote was conducted on the controversial passage suggesting to tax robots. The parliament rejected this idea - although by a small margin.
The resolution itself, however, was adopted by the parliament.



EUnited Robotics welcomes the decision of the parliament to vote against the idea of a robot tax. To tax production tools instead of the profits generated by those tools would have a negative impact on competitiveness and employment. Robot tax would be a job killer.

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European Parliament’s motion on new robotics regulations bolsters bureaucracy

 “The European robotics industry strongly advises the European Union not to over-regulate the sector. This would impose an enormous bureaucratic burden especially on small and medium sized enterprises, with no clear sustainable benefits. To reject considerations towards a robot tax is a good sign in this direction." says Walter Zulauf, Chairman of EUnited Robotics.



The European Parliament’s resolution suggests a set of measures to the European Commission that should apparently overcome supposedly negative legal and ethical implications of robotics and artificial intelligence for the European citizens.  EUnited Robotics urges all stakeholders to use the terms “robot” and “robotics” with greater precision rather than applying them to a wide range of artificial intelligence and software technologies.

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EU’s innovative new funding project RobMoSys kicked off

EUnited Robotics responsible for dissemination exploitation in RobMoSys project



RobMoSys, an EU Horizon 2020 funded project, aims at coordinating the whole community’s best and consorted efforts to build an open and sustainable, agile and multi-domain European robotics software ecosystem.

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Impact of EU environmental sustainability policies on employment & skills in machine tools and robotics sectors

European trade unions, represented by industriAll European Trade Union, employers, represented by CEEMET, and industry associations, represented by EUnited AISBL and Cecimo, have jointly investigated the long-term effects of environmental sustainability policies on employment and skills, in the sectors of Machine tools and Robotics.



Industry, like the rest of society, faces the long-term environmental challenges of the 21st century: climate change; scarcity of raw materials, energy and water; soil, air and water pollution.

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Save the Dates


> Automate 2017, 3-6 April 2017, Chicago, USA

> EUnited aisbl Spring Event, 16-17 May 2017, Brussels, Belgium

> EUnited aisbl Competitiveness Review Dinner Debate, 28 November 2017, 19:00-22:30, Brussels, Belgium

> EUnited Robotics Members' Assembly (time/date/location to be announced soon)

> iREX International Robot Exhibition, 29 Nov.- 02 Dec. 2017, Tokyo, Japan

Shape the future of your industry by becoming a member.
Contact:  robotics@eu-nited.net






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EUnited Robotics
European Robotics Association
Chairman: Walter Zulauf (Director of Technology, Güdel Group AG)
Director: Patrick Schwarzkopf

Sector group of EUnited aisbl -
European Engineering Industries Association
President: Wilfried Eberhardt (KUKA AG)
Executive Director: Lionel Platteuw

BluePoint Building
Boulevard A. Reyers 80
B-1030 Brussels, Belgium
Phone (+32 2) 706-8222, Fax (+32 2) 706-8223
E-Mail robotics@eu-nited.net
www.eu-nited.net/robotics


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