AEL DECLARATION OCTOBER 2014
TOWARDS AN INTEGRATED EU POLICY AGENDA FOR LOGISTICS
Recognising the critical role logistics plays in the competitiveness, growth and sustainability of Europe, we, the members of the Alliance for European Logistics, commit to working with European policy makers to:
ENABLE LOGISTICS TO PLAY A FULL ROLE IN SUPPORTING THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY AND THE EU’s 2020 STRATEGY:
- Ensuring an integrated EU policy agenda for logistics that prioritises:
- Completion and enforcement of the EU internal market;
- A transport policy that recognises the need for flexibility and efficiency across all modes of transport;
- The development of necessary European logistics infrastructure;
- Reducing excessive red tape and ensuring good governance through consistent enforcement of rules;
- Recognising the role of logistics in supporting Europe in global trade;
- Promoting global value chains, efficient border and customs management, including a risk-based approach to supply chain security.
FOSTER EUROPEAN INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP IN LOGISTICS:
- Recognising the critical role that data plays in logistics, ensuring a clear and consistent framework to support handling and processing of data in logistics;
- Partnering to co-finance research and facilitate the exchange of new ideas and best practices;
- Underlining the importance of third country market access for Europe’s logistics sector;
- Using global standards to foster innovation as well as our competitiveness.
HARNESS THE CONTRIBUTION THAT LOGISTICS CAN MAKE TO SUSTAINABILITY, DECOUPLING OUR GROWTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT:
- Continuing with our efforts to optimise energy efficiency and traffic management of our transport fleets and working with our business partners to ensure that all modes of transport are used;
- Harnessing appropriate technological measures to achieve greenhouse gas reductions in the most effective manner possible;
- Identifying new ideas and approaches in logistics to decouple growth and our environmental footprint;
- Developing clear and consistent regulation that drives innovation and leverages the green potential of optimised logistics value chains.
For these reasons, we call on European policy makers to establish a High Level Advisory Group on Logistics to step up the cooperation with our sector and enable logistics to play a full role towards a more competitive, innovative and sustainable Europe.