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IRU welcomes the appointment of Adina-Ioana Vălean, the new European Transport Commissioner

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IRU welcomes the appointment of Adina-Ioana Vălean, the new European Transport Commissioner

27 Nov 2019 Brussels

Tasked with improving the functionality of the European transport sector, Adina Vălean will also play a central role in the European Green Deal and digital strategy.

Romania’s Adina-Ioana Vălean, a long-time Member of the European Parliament and current Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, was appointed today as the European Commissioner for Transport by the European Parliament.

Matthias Maedge, who is leading IRU’s activities in Europe, said: “We congratulate Adina Vălean and look forward to working together on smart legislation that will enable the commercial road transport sector in the EU to further innovate and decarbonise. With demand in the freight and passenger sectors set to grow by 60% and over 40% respectively by 2050, close cooperation is essential.” 

“One of our recommended priorities is modal cooperation,” added Matthias Maedge. “Logistics and mobility of people can only become more efficient and drive prosperity when all transport modes meet on a level-playing field. We appreciate Ms Vălean’s commitment to looking at all the options, and emphasise the importance of working in partnership with the road transport industry so that it can grow and innovate further as the lifeblood of Europe’s economy.“

IRU is committed to supporting Adina Vălean and her team’s decarbonisation and digitalisation objectives. As a first step in this cooperation, IRU calls for the introduction of a series of short-term measures, as outlined in the IRU manifesto. These easy-to-implement solutions are all readily available and accessible today, and can help secure quick gains for Europe’s road transport industry.

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