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Ireland manifesto calls for trade-friendly focus

[ September 6, 2019   //   ]

FTA Ireland said that businesses moving goods and services need the right trading environment at EU level to allow them to operate safely, efficiently and sustainably, on launching its Transport Manifesto in Brussels on 3 September.

General manager Aidan Flynn called on the newly elected Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the representatives of EU Member States to address the sector’s key priorities for the next five years:

“From the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure to creative initiatives to address the skills shortage we are facing, or a better enforcement of operational road haulage rules, there is a myriad of opportunities as well as challenges on which our industry stands ready to share its expertise and ideas. For our efforts to be most effective though, we need the right policy framework at EU level. The beginning of this new term is the perfect time for policymakers to spur this new dynamic and I’m glad so many of them came together today to show their commitment to delivering safe, efficient and sustainable logistics.”

On Brexit, Flynn said: “It is clear that the trading environment in which we work is set to change dramatically, but FTAI is clear that its members are keen and willing to build on existing trading relationships. Protection of Ireland’s land bridge to the EU mainland is critical, as is the need to invest, innovate and inspire the next generation of employees, so that our sector can continue to deliver the very best service to all its customers, both at home and overseas.”