in favour of the European Union and the Single Market

“The European Union, as a community of values, has been vital in providing us with peace and freedom. It remains important to continue to raise awareness of the fact that the cherished rights of free movement of goods, services and persons, as well as other benefits are granted citizens and businesses by virtue of their membership of the European Union. Therefore, we must remember that without the EU, we would not be able to benefit from these rights.”

“Given the increasing urgency to step up decarbonisation efforts in the logistics sector, we are committed to logistics emissions footprinting and reduction. I am pleased to see the commitment from CLECAT to advocate for a common framework to measure emissions from logistics operations but emphasise at the same time that this should remain a voluntary initiative led by the industry.”

“We need to attract new talent into the logistics profession. This starts with ensuring professional training and education but equally good working conditions. The European freedom of movement of labour, which enables the logistics industry to attract talented employees from all over Europe, is a benefit for both, the companies as well as the employees.”

“Logistics service providers benefit from a network of interconnected corridors and hubs in Europe allowing efficient logistics operations and supporting supply chains. Now it’s time to allocate more EU budget in order to optimise infrastructure and thus contribute to the efficiency, safety and security of European transport.”

“We need digital transport and logistics to become a reality because innovative solutions enable more efficient, transparent and greener logistics. Without European initiatives like the Electronic Freight Transport Information or the Connecting Europe Facility, national and local authorities will continue with the development of their individual digitalisation initiatives. This would be with less capacity and budgets available to fully explore and utilise modern technology. The result would be a more fragmented transport environment, leading to higher costs, less transparency and less flexibility.”

“Modern EU Customs legislation provides for numerous simplifications and facilitations through which goods can move across borders unhindered, while protecting consumers, businesses, the environment and tax revenue. The EU is considered to have the most advanced and efficient customs procedures in the world and this should not be abandoned. Developments like Brexit show clearly how trade and transport are affected negatively when a country intends to leave the EU. Further shrinking of the Customs Union and the Single Market should be prevented.”

“The European society, including trade and individuals, benefits from the European Single Market and the four freedoms of movement that it provides (goods, services, capital and labour). This necessarily requires open borders. To prevent protectionism from spreading and trying to put the old borders back in place, we need a clear commitment to democracy, the rule of law and the social market economy. Without it, the market as we know it today could disappear.”