Meeting of the Chairpersons of the Economic Affairs Committees on Transport Connections of Europe

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Family photo
Family photo

The meeting of the chairpersons of economic affairs committees of national parliaments is dedicated to transport connections in Europe. As Estonia is located on the periphery of the European Union, we need modern connections with the centres of Europe. Therefore, a meeting will be held in Tallinn to discuss the issues relating to flight connections, rail transport, maritime transport and road connections.

The event will take place in Tallinn in September 2017, and the Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu is responsible for its organisation.

Video summary of the meeting

Agenda

14:00–19:00

Arrival of the delegations and registration for the meeting at the hotels

19:00

Departure by bus from the hotels to the dinner venue

19:30

Dinner hosted by Mr Sven SESTER, Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu

Venue: Restaurant Tuljak, Pirita tee 26e, Tallinn

23:00

Return to the hotels by bus

8:15

Departure by bus from the hotels to the meeting venue

Venue: Plenary Hall of the Riigikogu, Lossi plats 1a, Tallinn

9:00–9:15

Opening session

  • Welcome address by Mr Eiki NESTOR, President of the Riigikogu. See: speech (PDF, 79kB)
  • Introductory remarks by Mr Sven SESTER, Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu

9:15–10:45

Session I: EU transport policy for Connecting Europe

Chaired by Mr Sven SESTER, Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu

Speakers:

Debate

Moderated by Mr Henrik HOLOLEI, Director-General DG Mobility and Transport, European Commission

10:45–11:30

Family photo and coffee break

11:30–13:00

Session II: EU Aviation Strategy improving connectivity within and for Europe

Chaired by Mr Sven SESTER, Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu

Speakers:

  • Mr Henrik HOLOLEI, Director-General DG Mobility and Transport, European Commission
  • Mr Pavel TELIČKA, Vice-President of the European Parliament, member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, rapporteur for the EU Aviation Strategy
  • Mr Thomas REYNAERT, Managing Director, Airlines for Europe (A4E)
  • Mr Anrijs MATISS, Member of the Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia

Debate

Moderated by Mr Jan PALMER, Vice-President, European Regions Airline Association (ERA); Nordica / Chairman of Council, Regional Jet

13:00–14:30

Lunch

Venue: White Hall of the Riigikogu

14:30–16:00

Session III: Sustainable transport and innovation. What is the future of transport?

Chaired by Mr Sven SESTER, Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu

Speakers:

  • Ms Maja BAKRAN MARCICH, Deputy Director-General, DG Mobility and Transport, European Commission
  • Mr Sauli ELORANTA, Executive Vice President, E&T; Rolls-Royce Marine; CEO, Rolls-Royce Oy; CEO, Rolls-Royce AB (autonomous ships)
  • Mr Nicolas ERB, European Affairs Director, Alstom (hydrogen trains)
  • Mr Alan JAMES, Vice-President of Worldwide Business Development – Passenger Systems (Hyperloop One)

Debate

Moderated by Ms Tea DANILOV, Head of the Foresight Centre

16:00–16:15

Closing remarks by Mr Sven SESTER, Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu

16:15

Return to the hotels by bus

Location

Plenary Hall of the Riigikogu, Lossi plats 1a, 15165

Tallinn

Speakers

Violeta Bulc

Violeta Bulc

European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport

Violeta Bulc is the EU Commissioner for transport, having been appointed to the office in November 2014. Ms Bulc brings a diverse set of expertise and professional experiences to the role. As Commissioner, Ms Bulc has already placed priority on digitalisation and innovation in transport. A noted academic, author, systems architect and entrepreneur, Ms Bulc has long had a high profile in her homeland of Slovenia. In the corporate sphere, she held various positions in the telecoms industry, including Telekom Slovenia and Telemach. She has also been the owner and CEO of Vibacom, engaged in work on sustainable and innovative business solutions. Immediately prior to her appointment to the European Commission, she was the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, with ministerial responsibility for development, strategic projects and cohesion.

Kadri Simson

Kadri Simson

Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia

Kadri Simson is the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia from 23 November 2016. She is a member of the Estonian Centre Party. From 2007–2016, Kadri Simson was a member of the 11th, 12th, and 13th Riigikogu. From 2009–2016, she was the Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party faction, and from 2007–2009, the Deputy Chairman of the National Defence Committee. From 2003–2007, Kadri Simson was the Secretary-General of the Estonian Centre Party. In 2003, Kadri Simson served as the Research Assistant of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Karima Delli

Karima Delli

Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament

Member of the European Parliament since 2009. Chairwoman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism TRAN. Vice-Chair of the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS). 2007-2008 Federal Secretary Jeunes Verts. Parliamentary assistant of Marie-Christine Blandin, Sénatrice du Nord. Since 2005 Member of Europe Écologie Les Verts.


Henrik Hololei

Henrik Hololei

Director-General DG Mobility and Transport, European Commission

Henrik is an economist by training and holds degrees from Tallinn Technical University and Aarhus University in Denmark. He held various positions in the Estonian Government Office between 1995 and 2004. He was mainly responsible for coordinating the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union. In 2001-2002 he was Minister of Economy. In 2004 he moved to the European Commission as Head of Cabinet of Vice President Siim Kallas until 2013 when he became Deputy Secretary General. On October 2015 he became Director-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission. Married, one daughter.

Pavel Telička

Pavel Telička

Vice-President of the European Parliament, member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, rapporteur for the EU Aviation Strategy

Member of the European Parliament with the ALDE Group and Vice-President of the European Parliament, Pavel Telička was elected in the Czech Republic after having significantly contributed to the country’s integration into the EU throughout his career.

Thomas Reynaert

Thomas Reynaert

Managing Director, Airlines for Europe (A4E)

Thomas Reynaert is Managing Director of Airlines for Europe (A4E), Europe’s largest EU airline association which was launched in January 2016. Prior to joining A4E, as President of the United Technologies (UTC) International Operations (Europe) he led the government relations activities for Europe on behalf of UTC during 2008–2015.

Anrijs Matiss

Anrijs Matiss

Member of the Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia

Anrijs Matiss is a Latvian politician, former Minister of Transport, former State Secretary for Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Economics. Currently deputy of 12th Saeima as a member of “Unity” party. As a member of 12th Saeima working in Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee and Citizenship, Migration and Social Cohesion Committee.

Maja Bakran Marcich

Maja Bakran Marcich

Deputy Director-General DG Mobility and Transport, European Commission

Maja held various positions in the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs between 1996 and 2016. From 1999 until 2011, she was responsible for horizontal coordination of the Croatian accession negotiations. In 2011, she was responsible for setting up and management of the system of national coordination of European Affairs. In 2015 she became Assistant Minister for Europe in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. On 1 December 2016, she became Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, responsible for coordinating the activities related to investment, innovative and sustainable transport.

Sauli Eloranta

Sauli Eloranta

Head of Innovation & Technology, Rolls-Royce Marine

Sauli Eloranta is in charge of innovation and technology of Rolls-Royce´s Marine business. He is based in Turku, Finland. Sauli acts as the Chairman of the One Sea Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem and he is a Board member of Waterborne Technology Platform, DIMECC Oy and Finnish Marine Industries. He is engaged in several initiatives on digitalising maritime operations through autonomy and AI. Sauli has spent his entire career in Marine business in Finland, US, France and Norway.

Nicolas Erb

Nicolas Erb

Alstom, European Affairs Director

Nicolas studied Political Science in France and graduated from the College of Europe. He joined UNIFE in 2001 where has was involved in contributing to and managing different research projects co-funded by the EU, ERTMS and the Railway European Technology Platform ERRAC. He joined Alstom in 2005 and has held different positions in Strategy, Business Development and Mergers & Acquisition before becoming European Affairs Director in 2012.

Alan James

Alan James

Vice President of Worldwide Business Development – Passenger Systems (Hyperloop One)

Alan is the primary worldwide point of contact for cities, regions and countries seeking to revolutionise transport and economic competitiveness with 300 metres / sec (1,080 km/h) Hyperloop One networks. He is leading the company’s engagement with the EU and Governments of Member States where Hyperloop One systems are proposed. Alan has served as strategic advisor to the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has extensive experience of developing strategic, economic, political and commercial cases for international multi-billion infrastructure projects.

Tea Danilov

Tea Danilov

Head of the Foresight Centre

Tea has been launching the Foresight Center at the Estonian Parliament since January this year. Previuosly, she was Director of Entrepreneurship and Export in Enterprise Estonia. Her responsibilities involved wide range of national programmes in support of innovation and export in Estonian companies. In the years 2000 – 2015 she held various positions in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. In the years 2007-2012 she worked as the Director of Economic Development Department, in charge of the design of innovation and entrepreneurship policies.

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Contacts

Kaido Rosin

Kaido Rosin

Responsible Organiser of the Meeting on European Transport Connections / Adviser, Head of Secretariat to the Economic Affairs Committee

+372 631 6433 kaido.rosin@riigikogu.ee

Siiri Sillajõe

Siiri Sillajõe

Coordinator of the Parliamentary Dimension of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU

+372 631 6505 siiri.sillajoe@riigikogu.ee

Margit Muul

Margit Muul

Assistant to Coordinator of the Parliamentary Dimension of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU

+372 631 6502 margit.muul@riigikogu.ee

Last update 22/09/2017 22:42