In parallel to other strategic actions that Mafex usually carries out in Brussels, between February 19th and 20th, the Association’s Steering Committee held one of its meetings for the first time in this same city. The members of the Committee also held several institutional meetings during such days. The objective was to gain an in-depth understanding of the progress that the European Commission and other stakeholders and public entities are making in areas such as sustainability, investment in infrastructure, innovation and trade, to convey their vision and concerns about them.
Thus, in close collaboration with CEOE Brussels, Mafex could meet with entities such as Business Europe, the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU and senior officials from different Directorates-General (DG) of the European Commission: DG Move (develops and implements policies on Transport), DG Trade (develops and implements European trade and investment policies), DG Devco (establishes the European policy for international cooperation and development) and DG Research (is in charge of policies for research, science and innovation). A special was also arranged with Spanish MEP Ms Izaskun Bilbao, who has been in charge of important dossiers related to the railway sector.
Likewise, messages and concerns were also shared with the representatives of UNIFE (the association that brings together the European railway industry and of which Mafex is active part since 2008) and Shift2Rail, an indispensable initiative for the advancement and international positioning of the sector.