Brussels, 3 March 2020

On the 3rd of March, FEPORT attended the 4th Meeting of the European Ports Forum.

During the meeting, Mrs Magda Kopczynska, from DG MOVE, reiterated that the Green Deal is a new growth strategy which will seek to end the fossil fuel-based model. With respect to the strategy on sustainable and smart mobility, to be published in Q4 2020, all sectors are expected to deliver and to contribute to the EU commitment to be climate neutral by 2050. Consultations on the matter will start by the end of March 2020, and a full day conference has been scheduled for the 9th of June 2020.

The revision of the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Directive (AFI Directive) was also a subject of discussion. DG MOVE described this Directive as an instrument able to increase the demand and reduce barriers for uptake of alternative fuels. The Commission acknowledged the existence of technological barriers and clarified that there will be no easy and univocal solution, but that a basket of solutions will be needed. The aim is to review the AFI Directive in 2021.

Mr Kai Tullius, Policy Officer at Unit B4, DG MOVE, sustainable and intelligent transport – informed the audience that the evaluation of the AFI Directive started in September 2019 and will be finalized in autumn 2020. At the end of March, an open public consultation will be launched.