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European Review of Regional Logistics 2022-1

EU Review Issue 2022/1


Dear Readers,

The new issue of the “European Review of Regional Logistics” is again packed with scientific news and project descriptions from the world of logistics and their interdependency with the regions of Europe. The members of the European Network of Regional Logistic Competence Centers “Open ENLoCC” and other organizations have contributed with their latest research results.

A main topic is data handling along the logistics chain and for autonomous driving as well as for urban deliveries. Several articles relate to these aspects, which are complex but crucial. In addition, the current issue of the “Review” reflects a recent thematic shift.

Apparently, a new important regional topic is the use of hydrogen for transport, with fuel cell technology. This technology, previously mainly tested in experimental vehicles close to academic research, is about to establish itself parallel to the battery technology. While use is still limited, it is just now arriving in the regions. Besides driving, there may even be a hydrogen future in aviation. In any case, the specific point is the necessary and very specific infrastructure. Let’s not forget: Logistics needs transport, and transport needs infrastructure. Both of this has intense regional implications.

In 2021, some conferences could be held including personal meetings were held in person, but they also used hybrid formats. We can report some such important meetings and conferences.

You may ask why the current pandemic features so little in this issue. That has a rather straightforward reason: When an unexpected event occurs, things must be handled on the spot. This includes emergency measures as well as early lessons learned and contingency plans. Our previous issue gave some examples. But the world of science does not change topics at short notice. Science either prepares the practitioners with advice derived from existing experience, or work through the current situation and show the lessons for the future. Which we for sure will report.

Please feel free to spread the “Review” across your colleagues and networks. Requests for free subscriptions are welcome. And now enjoy reading!

Giuseppe Luppino

Giuseppe Luppino

President of the OPEN ENLoCC Network and co-editor of the Review

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Martin Brandt

Martin Brandt

Editor in chief of the of the European Regional Review

Giuseppe Luppino

Giuseppe Luppino

President of the OPEN ENLoCC Network and co-editor of the Review

Editorial Team

Martin Brandt, Giuseppe Luppino, Piotr Novak, Reima Helminen

Contributors to this issue

Georgia Ayfantopoulou, Benedikte Borgström, Claire Bouvier, Stane Bozicnik, Martin Brandt, Paolo Dileno, Anna Giarandoni, Tomislav Letnik, Paolo Lunardi, Giuseppe Luppino, Maršenka Marksel, Alberto Milotti, Elena Montironi, Francesco Paolo Nanni Costa, Carolina Navarro Correcher, Giovanni Petroli, Walter Rogg, Guido Vettorel, Elpida Xenou.

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The EU Regional Review

The “European Review of Regional Logistics”, quarterly journal of Open ENLoCC, the European network of regional logistics competence centers, is issued in cooperation with Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart GmbH (WRS).

Electronic subscriptions of the “Review” are free. Individual paper copies are distributed via Open ENLoCC members. The language of this publication is “EU English.” Contact us for the advertising guide. 

Open ENLoCC is listed in the EU Transparency Register under ID 138828413651-57. 

Articles in this issue

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Smart Supply Chain and Intelligent Intermodal Corridor Management for the China-Europe land-sea express line.” Recent research and business practice pinpoint that the integration of new

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Promoting Hydrogen in Valencia

On 13 October 2021, the “H2VLC Valencia Hydrogen Valley” project was presented at the Valencia City Council headquarters, with the participation of more than 40

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Spotlight from Europe

OPEN ENLoCC Joins the Scandria Alliance

We are glad to announce that OPEN ENLoCC joined the Scandria Alliance as Associated Member.

The ceremony was hosted by Nordic Embassies in Berlin with the introduction from Per Thöresson, Ambassador of Sweden to Germany in a mix version (virtual/physical).

Guido Beermann, Minister of Infrastructure and Federal State Planning of Land Brandenburg, was the chairman of the Alliance’s General Assembly.

OPEN ENLoCC aims to create new synergies with new Organizations with the same objectives. And Scandria Alliance is for sure one of them.

Mr. Guido Beermann underlined also the role of cross-border rail transport and promoted the expansion of European rail infrastructure for sustainable regional growth and climate protection. Here a brief extract of his speech: “In view of the ambitious European and national climate targets, cross-border rail transport plays an important role here. To consolidate it, the members of the Scandria®Alliance want to work together even more intensively within the framework of their strategic partnership and together unlock the potential of rail as a sustainable, innovative and safe means of transport.

The cooperation has started, we hope it will contribute to guide Regions to adopt sustainable and green solutions also thanks to the cross-border and transnational cooperation.


Deadline 11th February 2022

The REIF Shift to regional rail – Award aims at sharing best practices and at providing an opportunity for communication and knowledge exchange among regions and local contexts all over the EU regarding policies to support rail and intermodal freight transport.
The focus of the award is on best practices concerning public actions, measures and policies, which have been implemented or which are under implementation by Regional government and which produced outstanding results and achievements in promoting rail freight transport.

All the regional policies that could help shift freight from road to rail can be candidate to REIF Shift to regional rail – Award, this means that policies can range from infrastructural improvements to incentive policies for modal shift to education and communication campaigns related the importance of rail freight sector.
The award is promoted by the Institute for Transport and Logistics (ITL) through the REIF Project, funded under the Interreg Central Europe Programme.

The REIF Shift to regional rail – Award is structured in two categories:

  1. EU REGIONS or other PUBLIC BODIES: applicants to this category can apply because they have approved measures and policies focusing on rail-intermodal transport in Eu territory.
  2. Technical Agency – Policy advisor of EU Regions: applicants to this category can apply thanks to the development of studies, analysis and policies support provided to public bodies, focused on rail-intermodal transport in EU territory.
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The European Commission published the new eu urban mobility framework

In December 2021 the European Commission published an important document which paves the way for the transport sector in urban areas for both private mobility and freight mobility. The document emphasize the importance of the urbann nodes in the TEN-T regulation and identify the Sustainable Urban Mobility (and Logistics) Plan as the tool to implement the new Green Deal.

It is fundamental to have tools and data to monitor the state of the art in terms of pollution, congestion and safety.

In particular, chapter 2.6 Zero-emission city freight logistics and last-mile delivery sets new ambitious targets in terms of pollution limits and improvements in ICT solutions and data sharing on voluntary basis.

This document will be used by the European Commission also to update the TEN-T Regulation and will be taken into consideration for the new Horizon Europe call in 2022.

NEWBRAIN PLUS approved in Interreg ADRION

NEWBRAIN PLUS, follow up of NEWBRAIN, aims at increasing the awareness among the European, National and Macro-regional stakeholders in the field of logistics and transport about the importance of the role of Motorways of the Sea in the Adriatic-Ionian region and their connection to land transport infrastructures for the freight transport flows between the two shores of the Adriatic-Ionian Sea.

NEWBRAIN PLUS will promote and enhance the NEWBRAIN transnational strategy signed by all project partners that identified a list of common areas of interest for the strengthening of transnational institutional cooperation during the next programming period (2021-2027). Moreover, NEWBRAIN PLUS will also refer to the conclusions of the Policy Paper realized in the framework of ADRION Thematic Cluster 4 “Integrated multimodal sustainable water and land transport” coordinated by LP Central Adriatic Ports Authority (Italy.

NEWBRAIN PLUS intends to achieve the main objective through the realization of a public event in Ancona aimed at engaging European, Macro-regional and National stakeholders in a high-level debate over the role of the Adriatic-Ionian transport and logistics nodes for the connections between Southern-East Med areas and Western and Central Eu regions, with a look on how the pandemic crisis changed the interaction between players and economic factors in the field of transport and logistics.

ADRIPASS PLUS approved in interreg adrion

Analysing and better understanding the physical and non-physical barriers limiting the sustainable development of multimodal transport in the Adriatic Ionian region, developing ICT applications and elaborating and adopting a transnational strategy for the improvement of multimodal transport in ADRION were at the core of the ADRIPASS project. Regional cooperation, border crossing facilitation, dematerialization of processes exploiting the potential of ICT applications as well as stakeholders structured involvement and cooperation have represented a key element, not only to overcome the pre-existing bottlenecks facilitating multimodality in the area, but also to partially face the unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.

Building on the positive results achieved within ADRIPASS and considering the importance of capitalizing and further developing sustainable solutions for improving multimodal freight transport in the region, the ADRIPASS PLUS project will be developed in 2022 under the guidance of the Central European Initiative (CEI).

EP President David Sassoli passed away on 11 January 2022

President Sassoli adopted extraordinary measures enabling the European Parliament to carry out its duties and exercise its prerogatives under the Treaties during the course of the pandemic. He also played a prominent role in championing an ambitious long-term EU budget and effective recovery facility. In addition, the late President led Parliament in showing its solidarity towards the less fortunate when the crisis first hit, with supportive actions in European Parliament’s host cities such as providing meals to charities and shelter in Parliament’s premises to women who are victims of violence. Determined to draw from the lessons of the pandemic, President Sassoli also launched a large reflection exercise with Members to rethink and reinforce Parliamentary democracy.

As a dedicated European, President Sassoli underlined in his speech at the European Council in December a few weeks ago that “What Europe needs, and needs most of all, is a new project of hope. I think we can build that project on the basis of a powerful three-pronged approach: a Europe that innovates; a Europe that protects; and a Europe that illuminates.”

As project manager for EU funded projects, I will record these words! RIP

Giuseppe Luppino

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