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.
14:30 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)
19:00 Networking Drinks
Hotel de Ville