European Intermodal Summit 2020 - 27 October - VIDEO 27/10/20

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Intermodal freight transport is an essential solution to meaningfully slow down climate change and environmental degradation, at the heart of the European Green Deal and the European Climate Law.

In addition to the changes to be brought about by Mobility Package 1, road congestion, transcontinental freight, the Belt and Road Initiative and driver shortage are all challenges for which intermodal transport can deliver a solution.


UIRR, the industry association of Road-Rail Combined Transport - the unique form of intermodal where the road legs are kept as short as possible – is pleased to share the video recording of the European Intermodal Summit 2020 which took place on 27 October:

  • How Combined Transport has been delivering solutions to the challenges of the past?
  • How will Combined Transport continue to deliver solutions to the challenges of the present and future times?

Transport Commissioner Adina-Ioana Valean will open the line of distinguished speakers who will reflect on the past, present and future of intermodal transport in Europe.

A representative of the German European Council Presidency, State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport Steffen Bilger, who is also the Federal Government Coordinator for Freight Transport and Logistics.  He will highlight how Member State governments view the role of intermodal freight transport within the efforts to decarbonise their economies.

European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) First Vice Chair, MEP István Újhelyi will share the insights of the European electorate and articulate their expectations in light of the European Green Deal and the greenhouse gas emission cuts envisioned therein.

Closing words and conference summary will be offered by Magda Kopczynska, Director D of DG MOVE on behalf of the European Commission Services.

Completing these messages, the online conference featured personal insights from the sector’s leading figures:

Robert Breuhahn

Livio Ambrogio

Erich Staake

Peter Kiss


Ambrogio Trasporti



- the key intermodal network provider for Germany and Europe

- a door-to-door Combined Transport family business since more than 50 years

- the largest tri-modal logistic and hinterland hub in Europe

- the CT flagship of port hinterland transport and terminal operations in Central and Eastern Europe

Michail Stahlhut

Dr Thorsten Bieker

Thibault Fruitier




- the Switzerland-based intermodal operator performing everything from wagon maintenance to traction all over Europe

Europe’s prominent chemical group that is shifting its logistics to the mega tank-container carried by AGVs

CEO of Novatrans and Greenmodal and newly appointed Chairman of the Rail & Terminals Commission of GNTC

as well as feature video messages from:

Clemens Först

Kari-Pekka Laaksonen

Zeno D'Agostino

Rail Cargo Group


Port of Trieste

CEO & a frequent speaker for the Rail Freight Forward coalition


Group CEO's mission is to transform SAMSKIP from a shipping company into a freight transportation provider that also does shipping.

President of the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea and Vice-Chairman of ESPO.

The event was moderated by Majorie van Leijen - editor-in-chief of, online magazine for rail freight professionals

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