EuDA @ European Shipping Summit
Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels
EuDA Session on “Maritime transport, enabling Europe’s open strategic autonomy through the Global Gateway”

19 September 2023
The European Shipping Summit (ESS) 2023 is a two-day event organised by the European Shipping Industry bringing together European and international policy-makers and regulators, representatives of the maritime sector and its supply chain, NGOs, seafarers and maritime workers to promote the industry, to reaffirm the industry’s importance for Europe, to highlight the industry’s most pressing issues and to discuss the possible ways forward, including related policies and regulations. The ESS’s engaging industry sessions and high-level dialogues are taking place on the 19-20 September 2023 at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, 9 rue du Musée, 1000 Brussels.
During the European Shipping Summit, EuDA is organising a session on the Global Gateway to reflect on the importance for Europe of its waterborne transport network and on the need to preserve this network from external threats, like the ones posed by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China uses the BRI as a long-term commercial and political framework to take or increase control over key markets, infrastructures, and resources worldwide. Often, this framework’s objectives conflict with European interests around the world.
In order to foster the European open strategic autonomy and to respond to the BRI, the European Union has launched the Global Gateway to boost smart, clean and secure links in, among other sectors, transport systems across the world. The Global Gateway aims to mobilise up to €300 billion in investments between 2021 and 2027.
This session will focus on the European companies active in shipping, ports and dredging, playing a key role in building Europe’s open strategic autonomy, and on the role of the Global Gateway in maintaining and developing these maritime transport sectors.

Ms Kathleen Van Brempt
Hounourable Member of the European Parliament
The importance of the European maritime cluster
Mr Sergio Oliete Josa Presentation
Head of Unit of Sustainable Transport at DG INTPA - European Commission
The Global Gateway Enabling European Strategic Autonomy in Maritime Transport
Mr Alan Lievens Presentation
Chairman - European Dredging Association
The enabling role of the dredging industry in the Global Gateway
Information on the whole event (sessions, conference, lunch, dinner) can be found at European Shipping Summit 2023.

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