Euro-parliamentarians visit the Port of Duisburg
Duisburg, 23.08.2013 | Petra Kammerevert MEP and Jens Geier MEP get a picture of the logistics location Duisburg / Meeting with Erich Staake about effects of EU policy on the largest inland port in the world
The Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Petra Kammerevert and Jens Geier visited Duisburger Hafen AG today. In addition to a meeting with Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake, a visit to the logport-I site in Duisburg-Rheinhausen was also at the forefront. The 265ha site, where steel was once produced, is one of the most modern logistics areas in the whole of Europe. Over 4,000 new jobs have been created here over the past 15 years. “duisport and the logport facilities are an engine for our region. The European internal market and the EU, which guarantee free trade, are driving this engine forward,” said Jens Geier, MEP responsible for Duisburg.
In addition to the development of the Port of Duisburg into the leading logistics turntable in Central Europe, the meetings also concerned the effects of European policy on the economic location NRW. The core issue here was retaining and building up the infrastructure, which forms the backbone for highly efficient logistics. In this connection the building up of the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) was discussed, a key element of the newly revived Lisbon strategy for competitiveness and employment in Europe. As part of the TEN-T the Port of Duisburg forms a node in the Rotterdam-Genoa corridor, which is the main transport axis for flows of goods in Europe. “duisport is a living and impressive example of the role the logistics sector, including the various modes of transport water, rails and roads, plays in Europe. Furthermore, duisport shows the economic importance which a well-developed infrastructure and good connections to the large sea ports of Rotterdam und Antwerp represent for us in NRW,” said Petra Kammerevert, Substitute Member of the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament.
The discussion partners agreed that cross-border transport in Europe has to be driven forward and that priority had to be given to building up the main economic transport routes. By developing further hinterland connections, not only the Port of Duisburg but also the whole economic and logistics location NRW would be sustainably strengthened.
Over 40,000 jobs already depend on the Port of Duisburg today. The roughly 300 logistics oriented companies in the port create value of around €3 bn per year.