Mobility in Europe : Which solutions to a sustainable and borderless transport ?

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Join us on Wednesday 12 April 2023, at the Baden-Württemberg representation to the european Union, in Brussels, for the 2nd edition of the « Rhine-Meuse Forum », dedicated this year to the European challenges of sustainable and cross-border transport.

This day will be made up of four round tables devoted to the major current issues: the future of the car and rail industries, major European transport networks, daily cross-border mobility and innovations.

During the lunch break, a dedicated space will allow you to discover innovative mobility and transport projects, or even to present your own project (see below)!

Are you carrying a research or innovation project for greener, more sustainable mobility, favorable to economic, social and territorial cohesion or in the car and rail industry?

→ Participate in the poster session and present your project ! 


09:00 | Greetings and coffee

09:30 | Opening

  • Winfried Hermann MdL, Minister of Transport of the State of Baden-Württemberg

  • Anne Sander MEP: President of Grand Est-Europe, Member of the European Parliament, Regional Councillor for Grand Est

  • Jan-Christoph Oetjen MEP, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)

10:00 | Car and rail industries: what future for the « Made in Europe »?

Moderated by Bruno Grandjean, General manager of the Pôle véhicule du futur, President of the European Automotive Cluster Network

Speakers :

  • Jürgen Barke, Minister of Economy, Innovation, Digital and Energy of Saarland
  • Claude Sturni, Vice-President of the Grand Est Region responsible for economic development
  • Michael Bloss MEP, member of the Industry and Environment Committees
  • Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director Mobility and Energy-intensive Industries, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Franz Loogen, President of the State Agency of Baden-Württemberg for New Mobility Solutions and Automotive, e-mobil BW
  • Sigrid de Vries, Director General of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA)

11:15 | Trans-European transport networks: can we meet the challenge?

Moderated by Julien Beccherle, Deputy Director General for Mobility, Grand Est Region

Speakers :

  • Dominique Riquet, MEP, co-rapporteur on the TEN-T review
  • Herald Ruijters, Deputy director general, DG Move, European Commission
  • Anne-Marie Jean, Vice President of the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg and President of the Autonomous Port of Strasbourg
  • Lucia Luijten, Secretary General of the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine
  • Sabine Stock, Executive Board Member of Austrian Federal Railways, Passenger Services

Closing of the morning session by Catherine Trautmann, European coordinator of the North Sea – Baltic Sea corridor (TEN-T), former Member of the European Parliament


12:30 | Lunch break and presentation of innovative projects


14:00 | Which kind of innovations for tomorrow’s mobility

Moderated by Jan Molema, Director at Benelux Union

Speakers :

  • Winfried Hermann MdL, Minister of Transport of the State of Baden-Württemberg
  • Lydia Peeters, Minister of Mobility and Public Works, Flanders
  • Vera Tax, MEP, member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism
  • Torsten Klimke, Head of Innovation and Research Unit, DG MOVE
  • Alain Dieterlen, Vice-President of the University of Haute-Alsace, vice-president of Eucor
  • Marie-José Navarre, Vice-President of Lohr

15:15 | Towards borderless mobility for citizens?

Moderated by Rob van Eijkeren, Director of the bureau of the House of the Dutch Provinces

Speakers :

  • Georges Gilkinet, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Mobility, Kingdom of Belgium
  • Jean-Claude Meyer, Deputy Secretary General of the Benelux Union
  • Pascal Arimont, MEP, member of the Committee on Regional Development
  • Anne Sander, MEP, founder of the European Parliament’s cross-border group
  • Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit Interreg, cross-border cooperation, internal borders, DG REGIO, European Commission
  • Frédéric Bierry, President of the European Collectivity of Alsace

16:30 | Conclusion and perspectives

  • Winfried Hermann MdL, Minister of Transport of the State of Baden-Württemberg
  • Franck Leroy, President of the Grand Est Region
  • Kris Peeters, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), responsible for transport financing

17:00 | Reception



The « Rhine-Meuse Forum » is the annual meeting of political, economic and scientific actors from France (Grand Est), Germany (Rhine Valley), Benelux and Switzerland. This event promotes exchanges between Europeans at local, regional, national and European levels. In 2022, the first edition of the forum had been dedicated to the challenges related to the development of hydrogen.

→ Throwback to the 2022 edition of the Rhine-Meuse Forum | Hydrogen: How can we decarbonize together across borders?