Representation in Brussels

The European Single Market is vital for the European Tool industry, given the export-oriented nature of our business activities. A coherent and uniform application of European Union law is therefore of utmost importance to producers of hand tools and construction fixings.

Defending your interests and contriubute to better lawmaking and implementation

CEO actively defends the common interests of the European Tool industry in the field of EU Regulatory Affairs. We aim to provide input and recommendations of our industry to EU policymakers with the goal to create and maintain best conditions of competitiveness for the European tool manufacturers.

All information on our activities

On this page, external stakeholders and CEO members find information on our different work streams and policy positions. As a direct member of CEO, you can take part in the process - contact us if you want to join!


Currently, CEO is running five Working Groups focussed on the most relevant legislations:

  • CEO Working Group CBAM
  • CEO/CFE Working Group CPR
  • CEO WG Eco-design / Digital Product Passport
  • CEO WG Packaging

The Steering Group informs

The CEO Steering Group European Legislation was foundet in December 2023, as a result of the new focus of our association's work on regulation.

The Steering Group will be controlling the association's activities in the area of ​​regulation. Participation is open to CEO direct members. There are two meetings planned per year. As chair and deputy chair have been voted:

  • Chair: Vera Bökenbrink (Stahlwille)
  • Vice-Chair: Dr. Ulrich Bourgund (Hilti)

On this page, we will keep you informed about the progress of our lobbying work, especially on the Steering Group.


The Steering Group informsBecome a member of our Working Groups!

Use the chance to influence European regulations relevant for our industry by actively participating.
Read more … Become a member of our Working Groups!

The Steering Group informsThe new CEO Working Groups - Overview

Overview on the new CEO Working Groups
Read more … The new CEO Working Groups - Overview

The Steering Group informsThe CEO Steering Group European Legislation

The new Steering Group will be coordinating our association's lobbying activities regarding all relevant regulations.
Read more … The CEO Steering Group European Legislation

The Steering Group informsHow EU expertise can develop into worldwide market leadership

In November 2022, Dr Ulrich Bourgund was one of the keynote speakers at the EOTA Stakeholders Conference.
Read more … How EU expertise can develop into worldwide market leadership