Category Archives: Government Relations

Successful Outreach Program in the EU Paves the Way for IMPACT Europe 2018

By Ken Schramko, Director, Government Relations IPC’s advocacy efforts in Europe have grown significantly over the past few years. At this stage, we are not only raising awareness for the needs of the electronics industry but also advancing the interests of our members through face-to-face meetings with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), high-level officials […]

IPC Applauds Congress on Passing the Tax Cuts and Job Act

IPC applauds Congress for passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which received its final stamp of approval from the House today, following Senate approval yesterday. The bill now heads to President Trump for his signature, which is expected within days. “IPC congratulates Congress for its action in passing comprehensive tax reform,” said John Mitchell, […]

IPC Supports Historic Tax Reform Bill

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, December 19, 2017 – IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced its support for the conference report on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is under consideration in the U.S. House and Senate. Final votes in each chamber are expected this week and could happen as soon as today. Several […]

New EU Measures to Better Enforce Intellectual Property Rights

The European Commission published on 29 November the EU IP package, which aims to promote a balanced enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights and protect supply chains against IP infringement threats. It is estimated that IPR-intensive sectors account for around 42 percent of EU GDP, generate 38 percent of all jobs, and contribute to as […]

Tax Reform on the Move in Washington, D.C.

By Ken Schramko, government relations director Comprehensive tax reform is on the move in the U.S. Congress. On Thursday, November 2, Republican leaders in the U.S. House unveiled a comprehensive tax reform proposal and signaled plans to seek approval in the full House by Thanksgiving. Senate Republicans also are crafting a bill, which they aim […]

Brexit: Potential Impact on the Electronics Industry

Brexit will have a big impact on the electronics industry. The so called “phase one” of the negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) is ongoing, with the two parts trying to reach an agreement on the terms of the exit of the UK from the bloc. In December, we are […]

EU Circular Economy Initiatives — Possible Impact on Electronics Waste Management, Reuse and Recycling

The European Union (EU) is currently discussing new legislative and non-legislative initiatives aimed at establishing a Circular Economy. Their objective is to improve waste management, recycling, and reuse in Europe, in order to minimize the environmental impact of products, including electronics. These initiatives, once adopted, are likely to impact the electronics industry in different areas, […]

Treasury Report Calls for End of Conflict Minerals Regulations

The Treasury Department has called for scrapping corporate reporting requirements on conflict minerals and other topics. The department, in an October 6 report on growing the economy stated, “federal securities laws are ill-equipped to achieve such policy goals, and the effort to use securities disclosure to advance policy goals distracts from their purpose of providing […]

IPC Secures Governors’ Proclamations for Manufacturing Day 2017

By Julie Desisto, IPC Government Relations Coordinator Friday, October 6th marks the annual celebration of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) across the United States. Manufacturers are joining in a collaborative effort to highlight current innovations and inspire the next generation of manufacturing professionals. IPC, an official endorser of MFG Day, took the initiative of reaching out […]

European Parliament Approves Amendments to RoHS Directive to Facilitate Secondary Market Operations

On 3 October, the European Parliament approved the review of the scope of the Directive on Restrictions of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS Directive). The Commission, the Parliament and the Council agreed in June on the text in inter-institutional negotiations. The amendments extend beyond the current 2019 deadline […]