Slide Plenary Sessions

PLENARY 4 – Policies and Economics for a Competitive Europe

Thursday, 17 November 2022: 10:30-11:45




  • Antonella Trombetta, Director of European Affairs at Hitachi Rail STS
  • Eero Lehtovaara, Chair at the Waterborne Technology Platform
  • Jan Ludvík, Engineering Director – Advanced Technology Europe at Honeywell
  • Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni, Vice President at Valeo
  • Maria da Graça Carvalho, MEP and member of the ITRE Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
  • Rosalinde van der Vlies, Director of the Clean Planet Directorate, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission and Deputy Manager of the Climate-neutral and Smart Cities Mission





  • Jacki Davis



This Plenary Session, titled Policies and Economics for a Competitive Europe, will focus on the discussion of the main policies, frameworks, and economic trends that are needed to boost Europe’s competitiveness in the area of transport, both on the research and industrial fronts, taking into account the vision and goals set in relevant strategic documents such as A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, the Fit for 55 Package and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, as well as the financing opportunities for the industry provided by the European Recovery and Resilience Plan.


Pursuing global leadership and competitiveness in Europe requires supporting industrial policy for the digital and green transformation. Challenges include making the transport industry circular, internalizing environmental externalities, fostering sustainable value chains to yield significant social and environmental benefits, and moving towards Industry 5.0. European partnerships, multi-stakeholder collaboration, and open science in transport research are important seeds for future mobility and innovation.





  • How will we reach and maintain a leading role in Europe?
  • How do we prepare the existing physical infrastructure to support mobility’s digitalisation, not only in urban areas?
  • How do we ensure a green EU transport system?
  • How can research support the market competitiveness and the return of EU production facilities?
  • What are the most efficient transport measures to respond to climate emergencies?
  • How will a levelled playfield across transport modes be achieved in terms of greenhouse emissions?
  • How to use and articulate the different EU funds to support innovation, including Horizon Europe?