IRU/EU Conference 2022

Web Name: IRU/EU Conference 2022







Fit for 55:
the Road Ahead

1 June 2022 - 17:00 | Solvay Library Brussels, & online


Fit for 55: the Road Ahead

The European Commission’s Fit for 55 proposals aim to reduce CO₂ emissions by 55% by 2030, accelerating the EU’s plan to fully decarbonise by 2050.

Following last year’s IRU-EU Conference on Fit for 55 and its implications for road transport, the next conference will focus on EU’s current plans for alternative fuel infrastructure and supporting road transport operators to scale up green technologies.

Amidst general concerns on increasing costs for mobility and logistics operators and on the lack of timely alternatives, does the current stage of the Fit for 55 debate show opportunities for the sector?

Join us and leading figures from EU institutions, governments, shippers and the wider road transport industry to debate two key topics:

Fit for 55 – Is the EU ready to roll out alternative fuel infrastructure?Fit for 55 – Is the EU ready to incentivise the decarbonisation of road transport?



Opening remarks

Raluca Marian, Director EU Advocacy and General Delegate to the EU, IRU

Panel 1 – Fit for 55: Is the EU ready to roll out alternative fuel infrastructure?

Opening remarks

Daniel Mes, Member of Frans Timmermans' Cabinet and Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal

Panel discussion

Agne' Vaiciukeiviciute, Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications of LithuaniaIsmail Ertug, Member of the European ParliamentJaime Alberto Moreno, Director General for Land Transport, Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda - SpainGerrit Marx, Chief Executive Officer, Iveco GroupThomas de Boer, Vice President Shell Commercial Road Transport18:00

Panel 2 – Fit for 55: Is the EU ready to incentivise the decarbonisation of road transport?

Opening remarks

H.E. Ambassador Georges Friden, Head of the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the European Union

Panel discussion

Andrey Novakov, Member of European ParliamentSjel Wijngaards, Deputy Managing Director, Jan de Rijk Logistics, The NetherlandsJulia Poliscanova, Senior Director Vehicles and E-Mobility, Transport&Environment (T&E)Christoph Debus, Chief Financial Officer, Flix

Concluding remarks

Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General, IRU19:00

Networking Summer Cocktail

Confirmed speakers

Daniel Mes

Member of Cabinet, Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, European Commission

A lawyer by training, Daniel started his career at the European Commission in its competition department. There he worked on transport and digital technology files. During the last Commission term, he managed relations with the European Parliament and the Council, including on digital policy files, and was a speechwriter to Margrethe Vestager. Since 1 December 2019, he works in the Cabinet of Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans on the transport and digital aspects of the European Green Deal.

Agnė Vaiciukevičiūtė

Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications of Lithuania

Agnė Vaiciukevičiūtė is Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania. Previously she worked as a Vice-Dean for Strategic Partnership of the Faculty of Business Management at VILNIUS TECH. Agnė‘s career has taken her to four continents including North America and Australia where she worked as a researcher at the Center for European Policy Analysis, Washington DC and Australian Science Council Competence Center, Sydney, Australia. She has a PhD in Social Sciences (Economics) from VILNIUS TECH.

Ismail Ertug

Member of the European Parliament

Mr. Ismail Ertug, MEP and Vice-President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, was born in Amberg, Germany in 1975. After his studies, he held several different positions at the Health Insurance Scheme AOK. In 2009, he was elected to become a Member of the European Parliament for the first time, and he was re-elected in 2014 as well as in 2019.

Since then, MEP Ertug has been a Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN). During his second term, he acted as Coordinator of the S&D Group in the TRAN Committee. In 2019, he was called to hold office as Vice-President of the S&D Group. Besides his full membership in the TRAN committee, he is a substitute for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). He is also a full Member of the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China and a substitute of the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula.

MEP Ertug is involved in topics such as the future of mobility, the reduction of CO2 emissions, the introduction of alternative and cleaner means of propulsion as well as the increase of automation and digitalisation. Furthermore, he stands for the rights of rail passengers, aims for simplifying cross-border travel as well as the regulation of guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network.

Jaime Moreno

Director General for Land Transport, Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda – Spain

Jaime Moreno García-Cano was born in Madrid in 1978.

In addition to a degree in law, he is a civil engineer for canals and ports and a senior traffic technician.

Moreno has extensive experience in Spanish institutions.

He has held various positions with increased responsibilities at the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Finance Public Administration, focussing on road transport issues, mobility and traffic, among others.

Gerrit Marx

Chief Executive Officer, Iveco Group

Gerrit Marx has more than 20 years of experience in roles of increasing importance in different locations around the world and in a variety of industrial segments, with a specific in-depth focus on automotive industries. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering (“Diplom Ingenieur”) and an MBA (“Diplom Kaufmann”) from RWTH Aachen University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Cologne University.

From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Marx worked at the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, focusing on operational improvement programmes in the automotive and aerospace industries in Europe, Brazil, and Japan.

He joined Daimler AG in 2007 to head the global controlling function for vehicle and powertrain component projects, as well as market-entry / mergers and acquisitions for three truck brands in North America, Europe, and Asia. This led him to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer at Daimler Trucks China in 2009 and subsequently, President of Skoda China with Volkswagen AG, overseeing imports and joint venture business relations in both roles.

In 2012 Mr. Marx joined the European leadership team of Bain Capital as a member of their portfolio group, driving and leading transformational change programs. This role also encompassed due diligence and merger and acquisition activities, with specific focus on automotive and industrial assets, and also included interim roles such as Chief Executive Officer of Wittur Group, a global Tier-1 supplier to the elevator industry.

Gerrit Marx joined CNH Industrial in January 2019 as President of Commercial and Specialty Vehicles.

Since the spin-off of Iveco Group from CNH Industrial on 1st January 2022, Mr. Marx has served as Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed Company.

Born in 1975, German citizenship.

Thomas de Boer

Vice President
Shell Commercial Road Transport

Thomas has been appointed to the position of VP Commercial Road Transport, Sectors and Decarbonisation effective June 1st 2022.

Thomas joined CRT in 2021, making a significant impact to the business strategy and its implementation in Europe. HE built a string and diverse team and has been a key contributor to the development of the Shell BioLNG and biofuels CVPs in particular.

He has 20 years of experience in various Downstream business with assignments in the Netherlands, US and UK. In his previous role as General Manager Aviation Global Operations, he played a key role in transforming cost and safety performance through the COVID impact on the business. Prior to this, Tomas held various leadership roles in the mobility business.

H.E. Ambassador Georges Friden

Head of the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the European Union

George Friden studied law, international relations and political science in Luxembourg, France, the United Kingdom and Belgium.
After passing the Luxembourg Bar exam, he began his extensive career in European law. He has held several positions in European legal institutions and in Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He is now the Ambassador Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the European Union.

Andrey Novakov

Member of the European Parliament

Andrey Novakov (EPP, Bulgaria) became Member of the European Parliament in 2014, one of the youngest MEPs to ever serve the Institution. Currently, he is the EPP Coordinator in the Committee on Regional Development and part of three other committees - the Committee on Budgets, the Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Committee on Budgetary Control. Additionally, he is also participating in the Delegation to the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee and the Delegation for relations with Israel. He is the acting President of the Rail Forum Europe Association (RFE).

Being involved in TRAN, transport and mobility matters as well as heavy goods vehicles drivers rights are an essential part of Andrey’s work and he was strongly committed to these topics even before his formal attachment to this committee. Currently he is the rapporteur on the TRAN opinion on the revision of the EU ETS Directive.

Lawyer by education, Andrey was featured in the Politics category of the Forbes 30 under 30 list of the most successful young people in 2016.

Sjel Wijngaards

Deputy Managing Director, Jan de Rijk Logistics, The Netherlands

Sjel Wijngaards is Dep. Managing Director at Jan de Rijk Logistics, Headoffice in Roosendaal, The Netherlands. Jan de Rijk Logistics is a leading Logistics Provider, with services ranging from International Transport to Benelux Distribution, Intermodal Transport, Warehousing and Freight Forwarding.

Sjel Wijngaards has over 35 years' experience in logistics in various senior management roles. Next to his transport & logistics education, he holds a law degree, which he obtained at the University of Utrecht and gives him the opportunity to have a legal perspective on logistic matters and developments.

Furthermore he is chairman of Transfrigoroute Holland, a Dutch association representing the interest of Dutch transport companies in the area of conditioned and perishable transport.

Julia Poliscanova

Senior Director, Vehicles and E-Mobility
Transport & Environment (T&E)

Julia joined T&E in June 2015 and now leads its vehicles and electrification work across light and heavy-duty road transport. This includes policy and projects on car emissions and emobility, such as EU vehicle CO2 standards, sustainable batteries, and infrastructure for electric vehicles. Julia also represents T&E on the board of the Global Battery Alliance, and is an unpaid advisor to the board of Vulcan Energy Resources. Julia previously worked as senior EU environment expert for the Mayor of London and, as an advisor to an MEP, followed legislation on renewables, energy efficiency and sustainable transport. Hailing from Latvia, Julia studied European politics and French at Goldsmiths, University of London, and holds an MSc in energy from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, specialising in batteries and fuel cells. She speaks English, French, Latvian and Russian, and loves swimming and travelling in her spare time – as well as good red wine (with emphasis on oenology, not drinking, of course).

Christoph Debus

Chief Financial Officer

Christoph Debus took over the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the beginning of March 2022. In his position, he is responsible for all Flix’s financial and legal functions. Christoph Debus is an expert in the transport industry and has held numerous management positions in the capital market that go beyond traditional CFO activities on an interdisciplinary basis. He was previously CEO of Thomas Cook Group Airlines and most recently CFO at Condor, where he successfully repositioned the company.

Umberto de Pretto

Secretary General of IRU

Umberto de Pretto took up office as Secretary General of IRU in June 2013. He joined IRU in 1995 as Head of Economic Affairs. He then became Policy Coordinator and Head of Strategy, and was appointed Deputy Secretary General in 2002. He is responsible for ensuring that IRU leads the road transport industry in embracing innovation and guaranteeing that the industry is ready for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

After graduating from Ottawa’s Carleton University in Political Science, Economics and International Relations, he worked as a Legislative Assistant for Ministers and Members of the Canadian Parliament (1986-1991). In 1991, he took on the position of Head of the Transport Division of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, and was shortly afterwards named Deputy Director, responsible for International Commercial Practices and Techniques.

Born in 1961, Umberto holds Canadian and Italian citizenships.

Raluca Marian

Director EU Advocacy and General Delegate to the EU, IRU
(Host and Moderator)

Raluca is the Director, EU Advocacy & General Delegate – International Road Transport Union (IRU), where she leads the Brussels based team and is in charge of advocacy for the entire commercial transport by road, including mobility of people and goods. Regarding people mobility, this means advocating for bus, coach and on demand last mile mobility, such as taxi. Regarding goods mobility, this includes all road freight transport and logistics matters as well as their multi-modal connectivity and drive to digitalisation. Prior to joining IRU, for over 10 years Raluca was a competition and regulatory lawyer in Norton Rose Fulbright’s team in Brussels, where she advised on a broad range of competition areas, such as merger control, investigations, abuse of dominance, horizontal and vertical agreements and State aid law. On the regulatory side, her focus has been transport regulation and market access..


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