On 7 and 8 November the conference 'Logistics in 2030 – Challenges and way forward' took place in Brussels. Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, Siim Kallas opened the event by highlighting the importance of the logistics sector for the EU economy and the role the European Commission can play in creating an environment enabling the sector to continue growing and keeping its global competitive edge.
The two-day conference was attended by over 250 people from across and outside Europe. Attendees representing the full range of businesses and stakeholders involved in freight transport logistics - service providers, transport operators and shippers -, engaged in expert discussions on major challenges and possible strategies.
Vice-President Kallas said: "With so many “pieces of the logistics puzzle” represented here today, this conference is an excellent opportunity to hammer out specifics of how European logistics should develop in the years ahead. The best ideas should be incorporated into a strategy paper early next year, with concrete steps forward for further discussion and consultation. It’s now time to talk concretely about what we want to achieve and how to go about doing it. This conference is a starting point for us to map out together the way forward for this vital industry."