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Workshop - Long Distance Bus and Coach Transport in Europe


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Hotel Sofitel Europe, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels, 29 February 2012, 9:00 – 12:30

Preliminary programme
Working languages: French and English

Moderated by Steven Salmon (CPT, UK)

 

 

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8:30-9:00 Welcome coffee
9:00-10:00 Opening and setting the scene
  Thierry Mariani, Minister of Transport, France
  Results of the European Commission study (2009) on bus and coach transport in the EU: challenges and opportunities for the future
Simon Smith
, Steer Davis Gleave, UK
  New modern communication and reservation systems to facilitate customers’ access to long distance bus and coach services
Jan Möllmann
, EPTO
10:00-11:00 First panel debate and discussion: Towards a business-friendly legal and administrative framework for long distance bus and coach travel – matured markets
 

The Spanish intercity market model and the emergence of BRT: lessons to learn and mistakes to avoid
Francisco Iglesias, Director of the Interurban Transport Division, ALSA, Spain

The UK intercity market model and the role and place of National Express

Bruce Alexander, Business Development Director, National Express, UK

  The Italian intercity market model: lessons to learn and mistakes to avoid
Paolo Beria
, Assistant Professor of Transport Economics, Politecnico di Milano, on behalf of ANAV, Italy
  Results and lessons to be learned from the liberalisation of long distance bus and coach lines in Norway
Terje Sundfjord, International Affairs, NHO Transport, Norway
11:00-12:00 Second panel debate and discussion: Towards a business-friendly legal and administrative framework for long distance bus and coach travel – new market opportunities
  Opening the intercity bus and coach market in Germany: challenges and opportunities
Heinrich Strößenreuther, Verkehrs Innovations Partner/Transport Innovations Partner, Germany
 

Opening the intercity bus and coach market in France: challenges and opportunities

Eric Ritter, Secretary General, FNTV, France

  The international perspective: problems and opportunities
John Gilbert, President Eurolines
12:00-12:30 Concluding remarks
  Dominique Riquet, Member of the European Parliament (t.b.c.) and Stéphane Buffetaut, President, Transport section, European Economic and Social Committee
  Yves Mannaerts, IRU Vice President

 

12:30-13:00: Buffet lunch for all participants offered by the IRU

 

 


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