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Impact of the economic recession on the road transport market

Hearing of the road haulage sector

Brussels, 20 April 2009

The Commission has invited representatives of European road haulage associations to attend a high-level meeting in order to discuss the impact of the economic recession on the road transport sector. The event, which will take place on 20 April 2009, will bring together speakers from the road transport industry, employees' organisations, European institutions and the academic world.

The event will be structured in several sessions. The short introductory session will be followed by four panel discussions. Each panel will focus on a specific aspect of the economic downturn, namely the impact on the demand for road freight transport, the employment situation, financing and developing technologies, and future business and policy strategies. The panel discussions will allow stakeholders to voice their views whilst offering an overview of possible solutions. The discussions of the day will be wrapped up in a closing session.

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Meeting report pdf - 23 KB [23 KB]

Hearing material

Programme pdf - 13 KB [13 KB]

Short-term impact description pdf - 162 KB [162 KB]

Road transport vademecum pdf - 379 KB [379 KB]

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Opening speeches

Panel session: The economic downturn

Panel session: The employment situation

Panel session: Innovation in transport

Panel session: Business and policy strategies


Morning session

Afternoon session


List of participants pdf - 15 KB [15 KB]