Press releases

26 January 2011
Transport Achievement Award 2011: open for applications!
Recognising Mobility Solutions that Put People First Transport Achievement 2011 Award Call for Applications Showing how they are putting people first in transport is the challenge for applicants of the 2011 Transport Achievement Award, according to the Call for Application launched today. The Transport Achievement Award will recognise projects or initiatives that demonstrate excellence in identifying and efficiently meeting the transport needs of their clients. It aims to highlight the importance of taking seriously the transport needs of society, both in relation to personal mobility and to ensure ready access of goods within communities. The International Transport Forum at the OECD is offering this prestigious award jointly with the International Association for Public Transport (UITP), the European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services (CLECAT) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA). Applications for the Award are open to all modes of transport: operators, service providers, authorities, and suppliers and/or manufacturers, within International Transport Forum member and observer countries. It will be awarded in the presence of Transport Ministers from around the globe at the International Transport Forum’s annual summit to be held 25-27 May 2011 in Leipzig, Germany. Heiner Rogge, Secretary General of CLECAT and FIATA commented: “Societies rely heavily on the efficient deliveries in supporting the daily needs: food, clothing, entertainment all depends on the ‘invisible hand’ of efficient logistics, which is both a source of employment for many and a reliable support for their lifestyles. Freight services exist only if they put people first.” For more details or to apply for the Award, please go to . The closing date for applications is 21 March 2011. More information is available in CLECAT's 'Ongoing Projects ' section (on the left) and in the relevant Press Release.
26 January 2011
Transport Achievement Award
The Transport Achievement Award will recognise projects or initiatives that demonstrate excellence in identifying and efficiently meeting the transport needs of their clients. It aims to highlight the importance of taking seriously the transport needs of society, both in relation to personal mobility and to ensure ready access of goods within communities. The award is a Joint ITF/CLECAT/FIATA award. The award in 2011 was done in cooperation with UITP. For more information on the 2009 winner, please visit the relevant section on our website: Transport Achievement Award 2009 For more information on the 2011 competition, please see Transport Achievement Award 2011 Please contact the CLECAT Secretariat , if you need more information on any of the items.  
26 January 2011
Transport Achievement Award 2011
CLECAT has joined forces with FIATA, UITP and the International Transport Forum and is extremely pleased to invite candidates to submit their applications for the 2011 Transport Achievement Award from this point forward until the 21st of March 2011. The Award focuses on “putting people first” and the winner will be the applicant that will manage to use its high level expertise to demonstrate excellence in identifying and efficiently meeting the transport needs of its clients. The Award will be delivered on the occasion of the 2011 International Transport Forum, to be held in Leipzig 25th – 27th of May and which will explore the implications of transport for society and individuals, and how transport can continue to contribute to sustainable growth. The award is open to all modes of passenger and freight transport: Operators Service providers Authorities Suppliers and manufacturers       The application may describe either a product, service, or project. The initiative must have been in operation for a minimum of six months, to ensure attributes and benefits are realised and supported by evidence, but not longer than 5 years to ensure the recognition of continual development and innovation.   Applications may be submitted in either English or French.   Deadline for Applications: 21st of March 2011.   More information can be found in this brochure . Award applicants should send their completed application to  or to the International Transport Forum 2 rue André Pascal 75775 Paris Cedex 16 France
10 December 2010
Second edition of the Security Compliance Handbook and Sustainable Logistics Best Practice Guide
CLECAT is proud to announce the publication of the second edition of its Supply Chain Security Compliance Handbook and its Sustainable Logistics Best Practice Guide CLECAT Press Release
13 October 2010
Will the Council adopt a new tax on road freight that flies in the face of EU cohesion?
CLECAT issues a press release for the upcoming meeting of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council CLECAT Press Release
22 September 2010
Press Release: Commission takes the pen with a fresh look at railways in Europe
CLECAT issues a press release on the EC proposal and communication concerning a Single European Railway Area, as part of the recast of the first railway package. CLECAT Press Release 
30 April 2010
Press release on the cross-border operations of Modular Concepts
Directive 96/53/EC allows cross-border operations of modular concepts in Europe between Member States that allow them on their territory CLECAT issues today a position paper that examines the consolidated text of the Council Directive 96/53/EC laying down for certain road vehicles circulating within the Community the maximum authorized dimensions in national and international traffic and the maximum authorized weights in international traffic, with a view to understanding its impact on the circulation of European Modular System (modular concept) combinations in the European Union. By performing a rational analysis of Directive 96/53/EC in line with the spirit of the original intention of the legislation, the CLECAT Road Transport Institute has come to the conclusion that the current EU legislation allows cross border operations of modular concept combinations between member states, on condition that these member states allow modular concept operations within their own territory even in their national transport operations. An additional condition is that the member states where such operations take place have informed the Commission. Marco Sorgetti , Director-General of Clecat made the following comment, when discussing with Mr Stefan Back , Chairman of the Clecat Road Transport Institute: “Common sense is very good guidance even in the most complicated legalistic discussions. The overarching principle of the directive is to create the conditions to further open the market, without creating distortions of competition. In other words the directive is intended to prevent member states from excessive protectionism by restricting the circulation, certainly not to prevent them from creating more flexible rules by allowing the circulations of such vehicles within their territory, as long as all operators stand on the same footing.”   Mr Back observed that “after reading this interpretation one is surprised that the strong emotions felt by some stakeholders made it possible for some to read this directive in a way that was clearly never meant”.  Mr Sorgetti added that “we can only hope the institutions will now take the view that there is no harm for member states to allow the use of these vehicle: this will contribute to reducing emissions that are a very serious problem and eventually provide some extra efficiency in our multi-modal operations, which are likely to greatly benefit from these combinations that are perfectly suited to intermodal transport.”   The position paper can be consulted at the following link: The Road Transport Institute of Clecat, after the endorsement of the interpretation, took the view that this position paper be open to further signatures of stakeholders who share the same views on this interpretation of Directive 96/53/EC. All interested parties are welcome to take contact with the Clecat secretariat. Should you like further information you may contact our Secretariat ( Mr Marco Sorgetti Director General CLECAT CLECAT press release (pdf version)   Reply from the Vice-President of the European Commission Siim Kallas
28 April 2010
LOGSEC project launched to improve understanding of logistics and supply chain security
CLECAT and ESC issue a joint press release on the LOGSEC Project. Press Release
08 February 2010
Press Release: CLECAT and FERRMED, good cooperation leads to membership
CLECAT FERRMED press release  
20 January 2010
Logistics Best Practice Guide
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