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German government backs IRU World Congress in Berlin
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German government backs IRU World Congress in Berlin

23 Oct 2019

German transport minister Andreas Scheuer has confirmed the German government’s patronage of the next IRU World Congress, taking place in Berlin.

Meeting with IRU President Christian Labrot in Berlin, Minister Andreas Scheuer said: “We look forward to joining forces with IRU, and the global road transport sector, in order to find solutions to some of the biggest collective challenges facing mobility and logistics, including climate change, digitalisation and driver shortage.”

The next IRU World Congress will take place in one year, and will include an interactive programme, masterclasses, a ministerial-CEO dialogue, an innovation exhibition and a global competition for young start-up firms. 

Under the theme ‘Intelligence on the move’, it will bring together more than 1,000 senior figures from business, government, academia and international organisations from across the globe. 

Christian Labrot, IRU President, commented: “As an important transport and innovation hub in the heart of Europe, Berlin is the perfect place for our next IRU World Congress, especially given IRU’s long history in Germany, helping drive road transport standards and innovation for both people and goods.”

The congress will review the latest developments in – and potential of – innovation in artificial intelligence, low and zero carbon fuels, connected transport, automated vehicles and smart city networks, focusing on how transport operators and their clients can use and benefit from new technology, as well as how business and regulators should work together more effectively. 

For more information, or to pre-register, please visit: 

Notes to editors 

About IRU
IRU is the world road transport organisation, promoting economic growth, prosperity and safety through the sustainable mobility of people and goods. Founded in 1948, IRU has members and activities in more than 100 countries.

IRU member organisations in Germany:

  • AIST (Arbeitsgemeinschaft zur Förderung und Entwicklung des Internationalen Strassenverkehrs) 
  • AMÖ (Bundesverband Möbelspedition und Logistik) 
  • BDO (Bundesverband Deutscher Omnibusunternehmer) 
  • BGL (Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung) 
  • BWVL (Bundesverband Wirtschaft Verkehr und Logistik)  
  • BZP (Deutscher Taxi und Mietwagenverband)
  • Continental
  • Daimler Buses
  • DKV Euro Service
  • DSLV (Bundesverband Spedition und Logistik) 
  • FEDEMAC (Federation of European Movers Associations)
  • Flixbus
  • Kapsch
  • MAN
  • VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie) 

About the IRU World Congress
The IRU World Congress, the new global event for road transport, mobility and logistics, brings the transport industry together with business, government and thought leaders to debate the big challenges and opportunities of our time. The previous edition was in Muscat, Oman, in November 2018. The next edition will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 19 to 21 October 2020.

Christine Poletti
IRU Associate Director – Communication & Events
+41 22 918 29 81