Foreword from Philippe Citroën
It was great getting a chance to speak with so many of you at the 10th Anniversary of the European Railway Awards earlier this month. As always, the event provided a wonderful opportunity for so many members of our community to come together and listen to insightful speakers share their visions of rail – including UNIFE Chairman President of Bombardier Transportation Laurent Troger. I hope those of you who had a chance to attend enjoyed it.
Today is European Industry Day – which will bring together high-level policy makers and representatives from various sectors to debate the future of European Industry. UNIFE along with 125 European Manufacturing Associations signed a Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy, made public earlier this month to put pressure on the European Commission to propose an industrial strategy that will help safeguard the world leadership of European manufacturers, and keep jobs in Europe. We’ve never seen so many associations from such a wide range of industries come together to support a single declaration, and we have definitely been heard. You can read more about this declaration in this Newsletter.
I am currently on a flight back from Tokyo, where I attended the 6th EU-Japan Industrial Dialogue on Railways. As you know, the past few years of negotiations have not done much to improve access to the Japanese market, and we were very firm in our expectation of concrete results and major market access improvements going far beyond the ‘one-year package’ on railway.