From resources to recycling

Time and place:

Date:  24 April 2013
Time:  18:00
Place:  European Parliament (Members Salon) Brussels


How supply chains work


Brussels, 24 April 2013 - EU policymakers and more than thirty industry stakeholders came together for the first event of the European Logistics Platform (ELP) to debate the topic of the evening dinner “From resources to recycling – how supply chains work”.


The objective of the European Logistics Platform is to bring policymakers and industry stakeholders together and feed the debate on which solutions will be suitable, what kind of measures will reduce complexity and what incentives will be needed to jointly increase logistics efficiency and European competitiveness.

To forge an integrated policy approach by joining efforts and promoting dialogue, the European Logistics Platform calls for the establishment of an intergroup on logistics in the European Parliament for the next term. This group would be ready to discuss the full range of policy areas impacting logistics and supply chains including transport, innovation, industry, environment, sustainability, trade, energy, intermodality, the internal market and employment.

Spanish ALDE MEP, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells,who hosted the evening confirmed why he personally supports the Platform and noted: “The logistics sector is one of the largest economic sectors in the European Union and the real backbone of the EU economy. When buying your newspaper in the morning or ordering your new favourite book on the Internet, you are a customer of the logistics sector without realising it. As policymakers, we need to understand better how logistics and supply chains work in order to ensure the most appropriate and smart regulatory framework for this sector.”


Speaking on behalf of the European Logistics Platform, Alexander Kirschall, Chair of the Steering Committee, pointed out that “the logistics sector generates €1 trillion of revenue per year and provides employment to over 7 million Europeans. Only a 10% efficiency improvement in administrative and control measures would save some EUR 100 billion for European industry”.

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