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Joint Statement on the launch of the Industry Alliance for Multimodal Connectivity and Logistics

UIP together with 20 organizations have joined forces in Alliance to voice our priorities concerning multimodal connectivity and logistics for growth.

In a spirit of genuine collaboration and partnership, 21 industry associations, representing different modes of transport, cargo owners, freight forwarders, logistics and port service providers, shipyards, transport workers and equipment manufacturers have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the framework of an Industry Alliance for Multimodal (IAM) Connectivity and Logistics for Growth.

The Alliance will express their positions and expectations with regards to EU policy initiatives that could boost and enhance European multimodal connectivity and logistics.

The Industry Alliance for Multimodal (IAM) is launched today during the 2nd Annual FEPORT Stakeholders conference taking place in Brussels, where many of the Alliance members are gathering to engage with EU policy makers and regulators.

FEPORT, the Federation of European Private Port Operators, is one of the founder members of IAM, together with: AIVP - The worldwide network of port cities; BIC - Bureau International du Conteneur; CLECAT - European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services; EBU - European Barge Association; ECASBA - European Community Association of Ship Brokers and Agents; ECG – The Association of European Vehicle Logistics; ECSA - European Community Shipowners’ Association; EFIP - European Federation of Inland Ports; EMPA - European Maritime Pilots’ Association; ESPO - European Sea Ports Organisation; ESC - European Shippers Council; ETA - European Tugowners Association; EuDA – European Dredging Association; ICHCA International - the global cargo handling NGO; IRU -International Road Transport Union; PEMA -Port Equipment Manufacturers Association; Sea Europe, the Ships and Maritime Equipment Association; UIP - International Union of Wagon Keepers; UIRR -International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport and UNISTOCK - European association of professional portside storekeepers for agribulk commodities.

The Alliance is also open to other interested bodies pursuing the same objective.

I AM Connectivity & Logistics for Growth will complement the work of other platforms and initiatives and seek win-win opportunities with them, whilst aiming itself to achieve specific policy objectives and deliverables through joint positions. The members of the Alliance will work in an iterative manner and via an online collaborative platform.

The Alliance will provide industry input to EU decision-makers, TEN-T Corridor Coordinators and relevant EU agencies, operating on a coalition model, on topics where there is consensus.

Areas of mutual interest cover competitiveness, efficiency, reliability, safety, security and sustainability of supply chain, logistics, cargo transport, handling and freight services across the European region.

I AM Connectivity & Logistics for Growth will decide upon its priorities during an annual plenary meeting to be held in spring 2017. The alliance agenda will be inspired by the EU Commission annual work programmes but also proposals from the members.
To start with I AM… will be putting the following topics on its agenda: review of the combined transport Directive and the Mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

“In these challenging times, seamless, sustainable and resilient logistics chains are more important than ever before to Europe’s economic, environmental and social well-being” said Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT, one of the founding organizations.

“I AM Connectivity & Logistics for Growth will facilitate the important dialogue with EU institutions on the current and future policy framework” added Nik Delmeire, Secretary General of the European Shippers’ Council.

Joint Statement on EU financing on Transport for the review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework

30 transport associations call on the European Parliament and the Council to approve the Commission proposal for the review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework

UIP and 29 other European transport associations, representing infrastructure managers, operators, local authorities, users and equipment suppliers in the maritime, inland waterways, railways, road, cycling, aviation and intermodal sectors, call on the European Parliament and the Council to approve the Commission proposal for the review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework. The proposal foresees an increase of EUR 1.4 billion for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget. The current proposal wouldcontribute to enhancing the role of transport as an enabler of economic growth and job creation, which at the moment employs directly and indirectly 20 million people (10% of total EU employment)[1].

Nonetheless, the transport sector warns that this cannot be considered sufficient to complete the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T).The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is the financial lifeline of the TEN-T network. From a CEF total budget of 31 billion euros (2.8% of the overall MFF), only EUR 2 billion are left to co-fund transport projects of high European added-value until 2020. Due to an insufficient EU budget for transport and a significant reduction in national public investments, a large number of high-quality projects in the transport sector had to be, and will continue to be, rejected.

European citizens and customers require safer, ever more secure, reliable, efficient, green, multimodal and smart mobility but also better connectivity between nodes and modes of transport. This can be made possible by modernising the transport sector and completing the TEN-T network. The TEN-T completion will create 10 million additional jobs and lead to 1.8% GDP growth by 2030[2]. The Commission and the Member States estimate that the development of the TEN-T network during the period 2014–2020 would require about 500 billion EUR of investments. These huge investment requirements in the transport sector should be taken into account by the current review of the MFF and by the future EU budget 2021-2027, in view of the review of the TEN-T Core Network implementation by 31st December 2023.

We, providers and users of transport services and infrastructures, representing the public and private spheres of the sector, are ready to actively address these challenges but this requires a predictable and stable regulatory framework for investment and funding. Many high-quality projects are already benefiting from co-funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) calls and from financial blending programmes, but many other projects that are essential for the completion of TEN-T are lacking financial support.

Completing the TEN-T network will provide Europe with a smart, overarching and climate-friendly infrastructure plan. We, the representatives of the transport sector, are fully committed to making that plan a reality and we call on the necessary means to achieve it. There is not a moment to lose if we want to preserve and boost the competitiveness of European economy.

[1]European Commission, 2013, Employment in the EU transport sector
[2]Fraunhofer ISI, 2015, Cost of non-completion of the TEN-T

Railway Sector Declaration on Boosting International Rail Freight

Today the rail sector and its customers, represented by CER, CLECAT, EIM, ERFA, ERTMS Users Group, ESC, UIP, UIRR, and UNIFE, and supported by the Rail Freight Corridors, presented a declaration at the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam, committing themselves to the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of the Rail Freight Corridors for the benefit of all customers, and to improving the quality, reliability and efficiency of transporting goods by rail across Europe.

The sector declaration complements the one presented by the Transport Ministers of the EU member states, and seeks to boost the development of rail freight transport. Both declarations were presented at the Business Conference on Rail Freight Corridors organised during the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam on 21 June 2016.

The sector declaration identifies important measures which are needed to improve the competitiveness of the Rail Freight Corridors in order to make rail freight a more attractive option for all customers, to enhance the operational efficiency of rail freight operators, and to ensure adequate capacity for all users. One such measure includes a single list of important operational issues to be resolved for improving international rail freight, updated annually by the advisory groups of railway undertakings, and proposed to rail freight corridors in order to support their action plan. Additionally, the corridors will continue providing and improving an adequate, generic and comparable set of key performance indicators (KPIs) on the quality of service at regular intervals, and in consultation with the stakeholders, taking into account already existing work carried out by the sector.

Finally, the rail sector associations have committed to report on the results of the actions agreed in the declaration on a regular basis.

All signatories of the declaration jointly state:"The sector declaration, in combination with the ministerial declaration, is an unprecedented effort to increase the competitiveness of international rail freight, unlocking its growth potential, and promoting rail's key role in a sustainable transport system. It shows that the European rail sector and member states are pulling together on the same string with a common goal in mind: boosting international rail freight for the benefit of the whole sector, particularly shippers and other end-users. All parties are committed to working together towards that goal."