Episode 1: Infrastructure, bottlenecks and IT Brussels, December 8th, 2016
On December 8th 2016, FEPORT will organise the second Stakeholders’ conference gathering representatives of the supply and logistics chain as well as institutional actors.
The conference will be kindly hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU (situated Rue Wiertz 77, 1000 Brussel, Belgium). The event will start as from 9:00 am and end at 6:00 pm.
FEPORT is honoured to announce that Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc will attend and open the
Past economic growth has boosted business profitability and increased revenues. It has probably also disguised
weaknesses of logistics chains, negative cascading effects of market strategies and process inefficiencies. The
context today is different. Growth is depressed and demand is dropping.
The objective of the upcoming conference is to talk about weaknesses and threats characterizing and affecting
the logistics chain with a positive and constructive mindset. The aim is indeed to focus on how to convert
difficulties and challenges into strengths and opportunities.
If we do want to have seamless sustainable and resilient logistics chains in Europe, it is crucial to assess the
level of integration (physical and digital) of each mode in the logistics chain.
Better integration will certainly be facilitated by a holistic policy framework which acknowledges the interdependence
of all industries of the logistics chain and encourages modes and nodes to serve each other.
The European Union has strong assets. The TEN-T networks and the corridors approach are a real “launching
ramp” for competitiveness. A lot has been achieved so far in terms of development of physical networks and
the best evidence of this success is that neighbouring non-EU countries want to connect their networks to have
access to the European market.
After the welcoming and opening speeches, the topics of the conference shall be introduced by Dr Martin Stopford,
non-executive Director of Clarkson Research. Dr Stopford’s thorough knowledge of the maritime sector
and his 45 years of professional expertise will certainly stimulate reflections and discussions.
The conference will include four sessions and four panel sand attendees will be invited by moderators to ask questions at the end of each session.
The morning sessions will be dedicated to hard Infrastructure:
Session one will be about investment in transport infrastructure in the EU
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the existing infrastructure in relation with market developments and the needs of customers? What adjustments/actions should be taken to avoid that threats and market developments
further deteriorate the situation and how to convert those challenges into opportunities?
Key note speakers will include representatives from the European Court of Auditors, the European Commission
Panel one will feature speakers from Port Authorities, Terminal operator, Shipper, Representative from inland
waterways, a MEP
Session two will be about investment in infrastructure outside the EU and its impact trade flows and existing capacities
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the existing EU infrastructure? Are there opportunities deriving from connections to non-EU networks? What should the EU request from neighbouring and non-EU countries before engaging into common projects? What would be the impact OBOR on the existing TEN-T network?
Key note speakers will include Academic experts and Representatives from the European Commission and an
Panel two will feature Representatives from Port Authorities,
Rail / combined transport, a Shipper, an Academic expert
Wrap up and summary of key messages and recommendations
The afternoon sessions will be dedicated to soft infrastructure, IT and bottlenecks:
Session three will be about weaknesses and strengths of the existing TEN-T IT soft infrastructure?
How industry solutions improve connectivity? What are the opportunities for the Supply and logistics chains in Europe deriving from efficient B to B communication solutions ie Internet of Things (IoT, APIs)? Are there technical barriers to interoperability? What are the best practices and innovative solutions already introduced by industry?
Key note speakers will include Experts presenting collaborative partnerships and platforms allowing interoperability
and synchromodality solutions
Panel three will feature speakers representing a Terminal operator, Port community system, Shipper, Shipping line
Session four will be about opportunities for the Supply and logistics chains in Europe deriving from efficient B to G to B communication?
Does the new Union Customs Code and IoT represent real opportunities for Governments and businesses to improve efficiency of logistics chains and facilitate trade?
Is there a need for more legislation or better implementation of existing instruments?
Data sharing implies agreement on access rights: what information should be pushed and what information could be pulled by industry?
Key note speakers will include industry Representatives giving examples of bottlenecks due to non-implementation
of existing rules and successful digital solutions facilitating trade, Representatives from the European Commission (DG TAXUD/DG MOVE)
Panel four will feature Representatives from a Shipping line, Freight forwarder, Representative of Rail, a MEP
Wrap up: expectations from industry
Concluding speeches will be made by a High Level Representative of the Commission and a Representative of the Maltese Presidency
FEPORT President will close the conference