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Forum Europe’s Future of Transport Conference returned to Brussels for its 7th year

1 April 2022

On the 23rd March 2022, Forum Europe held its 7th Annual Future of Transport Conference in Brussels, gathering over 105 in-person participants in addition to 300+ joining virtually across 41 countries. 

This year’s edition explored pressing issues facing the European transport sector in achieving its ambition for a greener, more intelligent, safer, and efficient transport system. 

You may now catch up on the session replays below.

The opening keynote address was delivered by Henrik Hololei, Director-General DG Move, European Commission who highlighted EU’s key objectives on “sustainable, smart and resilient transport” and the potential of alternative fuels, multimodality, ITS and MaaS. Roberto Tomasi, CEO, Autostrade per l’Italia then shared their view in addressing the challenges in creating a safer, greener, intelligent and efficient transport system.

The first session focused on tackling the supply chain challenges facing the transport sector where Paul Adamson, Chairman of Forum Europe moderated this panel. The session speakers joining him were Filip Negreanu-Arboreanu, Deputy Head of Cabinet for Commissioner Adina Vălean from the European Commission, Dr Patrick Schröder, Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, David Archer, CEO of Savannah Resources and Petr Dolejsi, Director Mobility & Sustainable Transport from ACEA.

 

 

The second session was a lively discussion on multimodal digital mobility services in achieving an efficient and greener transport sector. We had the honour of having Kristian Hedberg, Head of Unit of Sustainable and Intelligent Transport in DG MOVE, European Commission, Lennart Salemink, Head of Department for Smart Mobility at the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Welmoed Neijmeijer, Head of Licensing & Public Policy - Rentals in Bolt, Laurianne Krid, Director General of  Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile Region 1 and Tom Antonissen, EU Affairs Adviser within Huawei’s Industry Development and Corporate Strategy team. Claire-Marie Healy, Senior Project Manager on Tech, Media, Telecom & Mobility at CERRE was the moderator of this session.

 

 

At the start of the afternoon, the Minister of Transport of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, Winfried Hermann shared Baden-Württemberg’s decarbonisation efforts. We then moved on to the third panel of the day which explored tech innovation in reimagining road safety transportation. Dagmara Wrzesinska, Project Manager in Mobility at Vias Institute led the session with Mark Nicklas, Head of Unit for Mobility within DG GROW in the European Commission, Adrià Gomila, Director of Mobility Services at Barcelona City Council, Pierre-Olivier Millette, Associate Director of Automated Driving Technical Policy at Intel, Mohamed Saleh, Global Transportation Segment Expert in Nokia and Joost Vantomme, CEO of ERTICO-ITS Europe.

 

 

The fourth and final session was a lively debate on sustainable mobility and decarbonisation of the European transport sector. The session was opened by Daniel Mes, Member of Cabinet of Frans Timmermans in the European Commission, before the moderator Christina Kouremenou, Senior Policy Consultant at DeHavilland gave the floor to Andreas Boschen, Head of Department for Sustainable Networks and Investments - CINEA in the European Commission, William Todts, Executive Director of Transport and Environment, John Cooper, Director General at FuelsEurope and Raluca Marian, Director of EU Advocacy & General Delegate at the IRU. The event concluded with a networking cocktail reception hosted by DeHavilland.

 

 

We would like to once again thank everyone who attended this year’s conference both in-person and online, our event sponsors, Autostrade per l’Italia, Bolt, DeHavilland, FuelsEurope, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Savannah Resources.

We look forward to returning to Brussels next year in the Spring. Should you wish to become involved, please contact us at future-transport@forum-europe.com