Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
With the slogan “Transport keeps us going”, ALICE, together with 33 organisations has issued a Declaration stressing the essential role transport is playing in the corona crisis.
“Transport and logistics play a crucial role in the supply of essential goods in this critical period. Limiting the flow of people across cities, regions and countries may be a sensible approach but the flows of goods need to be ensured (and reinforced) to avoid shortages. Truck drivers and logistics companies and operations are very important and need to be protected as critical people and infrastructure to face the outbreak. We hope the Member States are following the recommendations of the Commission to ensure that goods keep moving in Europe, in the interest of every single EU citizen” comments Fernando Liesa, ALICE Secretary General.
On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 a pandemic and governments worldwide have taken wide-ranging measures to contain the spread of the virus.
The transport sector has a crucial role to play in the supply of goods, in particular medicines, medical devices, food and other essential commodities needed to overcome this crisis. The transport sector also proves to be a vital instrument in these times where many European citizens are restricted in their mobility.
The undersigned European associations representing transport, infrastructure managers, operators, workers in all transport modes and logistics, contractors, local and regional authorities, logistics service providers, shippers, users and equipment suppliers in the maritime, port, inland waterways, railways, road, cycling, aviation and intermodal sectors, as well as supporting industries and companies, jointly endorse the following statement:
Download the document here: 2020.03.24_PR_CEF_Campaign_statement_COVID_200324