Romania’s Adina-Ioana Vălean, a long-time Member of the European Parliament and current Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, was appointed the position of European Commissioner for Transport by the European Parliament last month.
Tasked with improving the functionality of the European transport sector, Vălean will play a central role in the European Green Deal and digital strategy according to the International Road Transport Union (IRU).
“We congratulate Adina Vălean and look forward to working together on smart legislation that will enable the commercial road transport sector in the EU to further innovate and decarbonise,” said Matthias Maedge, who is leading IRU's activities in Europe.
“With demand in the freight and passenger sectors set to grow by 60 per cent and over 40 per cent respectively by 2050, close cooperation is essential,” he said.
One of IRU's recommended priorities is modal cooperation.
“Logistics and mobility of people can only become more efficient and drive prosperity when all transport modes meet on a level-playing field,” said Maedge. “We appreciate Ms Vălean’s commitment to looking at all the options, and emphasise the importance of working in partnership with the road transport industry so that it can grow and innovate further as the lifeblood of Europe’s economy.“
IRU is committed to supporting Vălean and her team’s decarbonisation and digitalisation objectives.
(Image: Adina Vălean.)