Elements for European Logistics Policy - A Discussion Paper

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Helsinki, 16 February, 2006 — Elements for European Logistics Policy - A Discussion Paper

The discussion paper has been published by Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications. Following a Finnish initiative the European Commission is preparing a communication on logistics in 2006. To support the preparations Finland arranged the so called EULOC-process in which logistics experts from different countries were invited to participate.

First, an industry foresight of European logistics in 2015 was created. Next, the mission, vision, and policy priorities of the European logistics policy were discussed. The mission for European logistics policy was created from the viewpoint of citizens, companies, states, and Europe. Seven vision elements were created. The driving visions are “Seamless systems” and “Intelligent regulation”. The guiding and enabling visions are “Resources” and “Cost efficiency”. The outcome visions are “Europe’s competitiveness”, “Equal business opportunity” and “Sustainability”.

According to the experts’ views the priority areas of European logistics policy are:

- Infrastructure – Seamless systems require investments
- Research, development and training – Strengthen the competitiveness of the European Union
- Enterprises – The reinforcement of logistic industry
- Regulation – Innovative and intelligent
- Cost Efficiency – Effective logistics
- Sustainability – From environmental, social and economic viewpoint, a must in modern logistics
- Co-Operation – A strategic issue in network society
- Public-Private Partnership – Agile solutions for investments.

The paper is available in pdf form.

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