The logistics industry is the backbone of the EU’s economic competitiveness. Efficient logistics enable European industry to compete and expand at regional, national, European and global level.
With the transport sector at large accounting for 7% of the EU’s GDP and 5% of total EU jobs, logistics make fundamental contributions to the competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability of European business. With the right legislative framework and infrastructures, the sector can seamlessly connect the EU internal market while making global trade possible.
To achieve this, the EU needs to:
· Maintain its focus on the completion and enforcement of the EU transport internal market, by supporting clean, connected and efficient logistics infrastructure development.
· Recognise flexibility and efficiency across all modes of transport.
· Promote a “logistics curriculum” in Member States to address the shortage of skilled workers in the logistics industry, while ensuring appropriate labour protection.
· Continue to pursue the conclusion of open and liberal Free Trade Agreements with third countries, enabling European industry to compete abroad.
· Promote the conclusion of a withdrawal agreement with the UK, including a transition period which guarantees a status quo until at least end of 2020. Beyond this, support a future relationship that facilitates border procedures and strengthens transportation links.
The commitment to lower emissions across the logistics supply chains is taken extremely seriously. Urban logistics as we conceive it, and coupled with the development of smart cities, will largely contribute to improving European cities’ air quality. To fully exploit the sector’s potential, we ask the EU to:
· Draw up an EU decarbonisation master plan to integrate and coordinate all initiatives taken at local and regional levels, tailoring solutions to the transport modes considered.
· Address air quality at large as it is the other side of the decarbonisation coin.
· · Achieve a better balance between setting greenhouse gas emission targets and resource efficiency targets as well as foster and support scientific research for developing new and carbon-free energy sources.
The Alliance for European Logistics (AEL) is a “one-of-a-kind” industry coalition representing the entire supply chain from manufacturers to retailers by bringing together companies that both provide and organise their own logistics services in Europe. To discover more visit their website.
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