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Driving the EU: Where next? IRU’s 50th anniversary in Brussels
27 Jun 2023 - 14:00 CEST

Driving the EU: Where next? IRU’s 50th anniversary in Brussels

Brussels | IRU event | Invitation only

A special event celebrating 50 years of IRU representation to the EU

IRU, the world road transport organisation, was established in Geneva in 1948 to help war-torn Europe rebuild its devastated trade and commercial links.

25 years later, on 1 July 1973, we opened a permanent representation to the then European Economic Community in Brussels to collaborate with European authorities and support transport companies in moving people and goods.

To mark this important milestone, IRU is hosting a special anniversary event in Brussels, featuring the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Brussels City Mayor Philippe Close, government ministers from Belgium, Lithuania and Spain, along with EU authorities and road transport industry leaders from companies including ADAMPOL, Jan de Rijk Logistics, Meyering Verkehrsbetriebe, M+L LOGISTIK, Sales-Lentz Group, SAMAT, Ninatrans, Shell, SITRA, and UPS.


14:00 Opening

14:30 Looking back: Building the European Union (Testimonials)

  • A common transport policy and opening borders bring Europe together
  • The Iron Curtain falls, the Union expands
  • Europe faces a pandemic, and a war

15:40 Coffee break


16:10 At a crossroads: Decarbonising and digitalising transport (Debate)


17:20  Coffee break


17:40  The road ahead: EU mobility and logistics beyond 2040 (Presentations and Debate)


18:45 Closing

19:00 Networking Drinks


Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen
Georges Gilkinet, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mobility, Belgium
Georges Gilkinet
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mobility
Marius Skuodis, Minister of Transport and Communications, Lithuania
Marius Skuodis
Minister of Transport and Communications
David Lucas Parrón, Secretary of State for Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Spanish Ministry of Transport
David Lucas Parrón
Secretary of State for Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda
Philippe Close, Mayor of Brussels
Philippe Close
Boguslaw Liberadzki, MEP and Former Transport Minister, Poland
Boguslaw Liberadzki
MEP and Former Transport Minister
Elisabeth Werner, Deputy Secretary-General for Policy Coordination, European Commission
Elisabeth Werner
Deputy Secretary-General for Policy Coordination
Mathieu Jean Hubert Grosch, Former MEP 1994 -2014, European coordinator Orient East
Mathieu Grosch
Former MEP 1994-2014, European Coordinator for the Orient-East Mediterranean Corridor
Benny Smets
Jacqueline de Rijk, director, logistics
Jacqueline de Rijk
Krzysztof Dakowicz, CEO/President of the Board, ADAMPOL
Krzysztof Dakowicz
CEO/President of the Board
Roberto Parrillo, President, Road Transport Section, ETF
Roberto Parrillo
President, Road Transport Section
Laura Lane, Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Office, UPS
Laura Lane
EVP & Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer
Theresa Jasmin Meyering
Trainer and Bus & Coach Business Manager
Jos Sales, Associate at Sales-Lentz Group & Vice President of FLEAA - Luxembourg
Jos Sales
Thomas de Boer
Thomas de Boer
Vice President, Commercial Road Transport (CRT)
Sampo Hietanen, Founder of MaaS Concept and CEO of MaaS Global
Sampo Hietanen
Founder of MaaS Concept and CEO of MaaS Global
Prof. Dr. Pero Mićić (CEO FutureManagementGroup AG)
Prof. Dr. Pero Mićić
Dave Keating, Senior Writer, Energy Monitor
Dave Keating
Senior Writer
David Marek, Project Manager, M+L Logistik
David Marek
Project Manager
Yves Mannaerts, Former Vice-President, IRU
Yves Mannaerts
Former Vice-President
Radu Dinescu, IRU President
Radu Dinescu
Raluca Marian, Director of EU Advocacy and Brussels General Delegate, IRU
Raluca Marian
Director of EU Advocacy and Brussels General Delegate
Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General
Umberto de Pretto
Secretary General

Hotel de Ville
Grand Place