The European Logistics Platform, which represents some of Europes leading companies and trade associations, has called for an inter-parliamentary group on logistics following a meeting with policymakers in the European Parliament.
Michael Nielsen, general delegate of the IRU, stressed the need for an inter-parliamentary group on logistics to ensure that an holistic and cross-committee approach is taken on issues impacting on logistics including for example customs, e-commerce, trade barriers, climate change and deployment of new technologies.
The value added of the logistics sector to the EU economy is 300 billion annually, almost 14 per cent of the total EU GDP. Only with a strong logistics sector can the European industry continue to be efficient, sustainable and innovative. The fact that there is no parliamentary committee dealing with the full range of policy areas impacting logistics makes the necessity for an inter-parliamentary group even more apparent
Gesine Meissner MEP, hosting the event, said: “Logistics facilitates global trade flows and provides employment to more than 7 million Europeans. To remain competitive and to tackle current and future challenges, a more integrated policy approach is needed.
Therefore, I fully support the creation of an inter-parliamentary group on logistics to give this important economic sector a prominent platform for discussion with policy makers
For the ELP, Julian Bcker, vice-chairman of the steering committee, said: The ELP teams up a wide variety of actors involved in logistics and supply chains across Europe. Thus, we provide the necessary expertise as well as the practical knowledge to Members of the European Parliament to efficiently tackle the challenges of the logistics sector such as overstrained infrastructure, trade barriers and climate change
The European Logistics Platform members include: ACEA, AEA, BDL, CER, CLECAT, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Post DHL, duisport, ECG, EIM, ECSLA, ESC, FERRMED, FTA, HERE a Nokia business, IRU, Michelin, Nordic Logistics Association, Transport en Logistiek Nederland, Rail Freight Group (RFG), Procter and Gamble, SAP, VdTV Verband der TV e.V., Volvo Group