1st European Logistics Summit: statements by Günter Verheugen, Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post World Net, and Cindy Elliott, Global Supply Chain Sourcing Director at The Dow Chemical Company
End production: 05/11/2008 First transmission: 05/11/2008
Club de l’Europe organised the 1st European Logistics Summit at the Albert Hall in Brussels on 5 November 2008, to address some of the key questions facing the logistics sector today. Representatives from both the political and business worlds were there, and among them Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry.
From the beginning to the end of the supply chain, the logistics industry is renowned for providing innovative solutions for European business. This dedication has seen the logistics industry grow exponentially and become fully integrated into Europe’s industrial base. But as logistics evolves in an increasingly globalised and digitalised world, Europe’s industrial and political leaders must find the right vision for its future; a vision that recognises the crucial role that it can play in meeting Europe’s policy goals. These were some of the messages that issued from the conference.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry, to the European Logistic Summit (3 shots)
||Günter Verheugen (in ENGLISH) saying that we all know that logistics are essential for the competitiveness of the European economy and for the quality of life of EU citizens; it is obvious that in the increasingly global complex and competitive world, European enterprises need efficient and sustainable logistics
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||Günter Verheugen (in ENGLISH) saying that the most important thing now for the logistics industry in Europe is to make sure that it has modern and liable infrastructure; the second point is to make sure that the industry can make a contribution to meet high environmental standards and reduce the energy consumption and improve energy efficiency; the third point is to have a policy in place that favours free trade and open markets and gives the EU logistics industry the possibility to use the opportunities that we have everywhere in Europe and outside Europe
||Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post World Net, (in ENGLISH) saying that there are too much national rules on certain things like trucking or single European sky; so they have to take a European continental view because that will facilitate very much; regulation is not there where it has to be; they have to do things differently; and the first thing to do is to raise awareness on the importance of logistics for the future
||Cindy Elliott, Global Supply Chain Sourcing Director at The Dow Chemical Company, (in ENGLISH) saying that there is existing legislation in Europe that is very important to them; the need for them, however, is to accelerate that legislation such that, for example, in rail, the legislation to connect across different countries will be faster, so that we can ship across many countries in a quicker way; that is one example
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