Seventh Annual Stakeholders Conference


FEPORT Seventh Stakeholders Conference Save the date December 1st 2022 BPR2 1



Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

Dear colleagues, 

We are pleased to announce the topic of FEPORT's Seventh Annual Stakeholders’ Conference: “How to preserve the EU transport sector’s competitiveness in a world of “perma-crises?” 

The Conference will take place on December 1st, 2022 and will gather institutional and non-institutional stakeholders as well as representatives from organizations of the transport sectors who will discuss and reflect upon all challenges the EU transport sector is facing. 

Heat wave after heat wave, ice melting after ice melting, there is no doubt that we are entering an era of perma-crises that follow each other…COVID 19 has shown how vulnerable we are and how dependent EU Countries are when it comes to some strategic supplies. But not only...

We are also heading for a catastrophe and the scenario seems already on the headlines these last weeks: climate urgency has started and if all countries do not take radical measures, it will be like the images of fire and drought we see spreading in Portugal, France, Mexico, the US and Africa…

People are anxious and their anxiety also concerns the impact of the economic crisis, inflation, recession, unemployment, competition with non-EU countries and last but not least, war in Europe….

All industries and EU citizens are in majority convinced that the leadership role the EU is playing for climate is meaningful and the right thing to do but they are also worried by the fact that the EU cannot solve the problems alone. 

Will the measures in the EU be sufficient to stop the frightening spiral regarding climate crisis ? Should the EU intensify its diplomatic initiatives to call for more efforts from all countries?

All transport actors are all “hands on deck” to use a maritime metaphor and engaged in the energy transition. However, many uncertainties are also weighing...

On the 1st of December, we will listen to experts, colleagues from different organizations and institutional stakeholders, not with the sole objective of getting clear and certain answers, but also to raise awareness on the difficult balance that companies are trying to find between safeguarding jobs, remaining competitive after COVID 19 and supporting the crucial geopolitical leadership of the EU as well as its agenda on energy transition and the Fit for 55 proposals. 

Is the EU's transport sector's competitiveness at risk? and if yes, why? 

What are the bottlenecks that harm the competitiveness and performance of transport companies in the rail, road and waterborne transport sectors?

What will be the impact of the Fit for 55 proposals on the competitiveness of EU ports (ETS and FuelEU? 

Is the situation in Ukraine and its impacts on the exports of agricultural products revealing weaknesses in the EU transport network? Is there a need for additional capacities (storage, transport, etc.)? 

Does the EU transport network offer the potential for more capacities of different modes of transport to allow hinterlands to relieve the pressure on ports? 

Is there room for improvement in terms of harmonization of administrative checks at borders and what is the impact of bottlenecks on the fluidity of the transport chain? 

Can we consider that the current disturbances in the maritime logistics chain are mainly due to COVID 19 lockdowns or triggered by other factors?

What is the impact of the lack of performance of some modes of transport on the overall transport and logistics chain in terms of competitiveness and sustainability? What should be the corrective measures? 

Are the recently adopted instruments with respect to investments or acquisitions by foreign subsidized companies really efficient? 

Is there a regulatory level playing field between the different modes of transport? 

Is the R&D agenda for decarbonization at the level to face the energy crisis we are facing? 

What will be the impact of CBAM on the cost of steel and EU exports?

What are the associated costs and impact of non-uniform administrative checks at the borders on the smooth functioning of transport and logistics chains?

Maritime is on the "Fit for 55 agenda" but is it formally part of the discussions about growth and competitiveness, i.e. part of the priorities of the Automotive and Transport ecosystem?

More questions will follow... 

Looking forward to welcoming you.

Kind regards,