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"Buses & coaches at a crossroads: long distance and innovation" - Highlights
3 Mar 2016

"Buses & coaches at a crossroads: long distance and innovation" forum

Brussels | IRU event

IRU Forum: Buses & coaches at a crossroads: long distance and innovation.


Thursday 3 March 2016, 10:30-15:00


  • Yves Mannaerts, IRU Vice President

First Panel Debate   
Long distance coach lines: economic lessons and business opportunities

Economic lessons from the liberalisation of the German Model

  • Christoph Gipp, Managing Director, IGES Institut GmbH. 

What opportunities for SMEs in the recently liberalised French Market?

  • Gregory Carmona, Strategy and Development, REUNIR.  

The liberalisation of Italian long distance bus market: first results, opportunities and threats.

  • Paolo Beria, Associate Professor, Politecnico di Milano.

The European Commission perspective and the "Road Initiatives"

  • Ray Malanaphy, DG MOVE, EU Commission.    

Long distance coach lines: a global perspective

  • Rui Silva, Vice President, EUROLINES Organisation.

Second Panel Debate
Innovation: the digital revolution and the need to rethink mobility.

The CheckMyBus Model

  • Marc Hofmann, Managing Director, CheckMyBus.

The Blablacar model

  • Romain Fau, General Manager France, Benelux and Spain, Blablacar.

Building a worldwide bus station

  • LP Maurice, CEO & Co-Founder, Busbud.


  • Oleg Kamberski, IRU.

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