03/09/07

EU commissioner Günter Verheugen visits corporate headquarters of the Würth Group in Künzelsau-Gaisbach

Künzelsau. On the occasion of one of his fact-finding missions to economic businesses in member countries of the European Union, Günter Verheugen, the European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry and Vice President of the European Commission, visited the Würth Group’s headquarters in Künzelsau on August 31, 2007.

Commissioner Verheugen seized the opportunity to have talks and exchange experiences with business enterprises within the European Union in order to promote better coordination between economy and European directive policy. At Würth, talks with the management of the worldwide-operating corporate group were on the agenda. The discussion centered on questions concerning a harmonization of the European market, open competition and international trade law.

In the presence of employees, Günter Verheugen lectured on the status quo of the European Union after the end of the German EU Presidency and its further development as regards education and economic policy. Against the backdrop of the Lisbon Strategy, i.e. the objective of helping the European Union to generate the highest economic growth rates in the world, this development would play a strategically decisive geopolitical role.

During his subsequent tour of the logistics centers, Mr. Verheugen gained an insight into the efficiency of the international merchandise movements at Würth. Through personal meetings and talks with employees of the logistics department the European politician was able to form an impression of the work environment of this department which is of essential importance for the trading company.

In the afternoon, Commissioner Verheugen visited the current exhibition “Edvard Munch – Signs of Modern Art” at Kunsthalle Würth in Schwäbisch Hall before giving way to his personal interest in the industrialized production of solar energy by having a look at the photovoltaic production at Würth Solar in Schwäbisch Hall. During an internal expert round with the management of CISfab topics such as European energy policy as well as the future of science and research regarding renewable sources of energy were dealt with.