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03/09/18 11:13

Changing of the guard at European inland ports

As anticipated in July, Turi Fiorito has become new EFIP director, succeeding Alexander van den Bosch

As anticipated in early July with its previous communication, the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) confirmed that Turi Fiorito has become its new Director effective from 20 August, succeeding Alexander van den Bosch who took up a new position as Senior Advisor for the 12 Dutch Provinces Representation.

He comes with a solid background in EU policy making and transport, having worked as Transport Policy Advisor for a Dutch Member of the European Parliament, Wim van de Camp; in that capacity, Fiorito has been working on different port (Port Services Regulation), rail (4th railway package) and inland waterway issues for a number of years.

Before joining the European Parliament, he worked as a European Affairs Assistant at the Dutch Airline company KLM and started his career as a Consultant for a global public affairs consultancy, based in Brussels. Fiorito had studied history and international relations at the University of Nijmegen and Utrecht (Netherlands) and then pursued a Student Affairs Fellowship at the National Chengchi University in Taipei (Taiwan).

“In the next few years, we will not only be faced with policy revisions, such as CEF and the TEN-T, but also with the changing of the European Institutions. This will provide EFIP with a plethora of opportunities and challenges that I look forward to addressing alongside the existing team” the new Director commented.

“I am looking forward to strengthening further the cooperation between EFIP and ESPO in the interest of both organisations. Inland and sea ports are both nodes of transport which face similar challenges on issues like financing of infrastructure investments, decarbonisation, digitalisation and port-city relations. I hope we can step up the exchange of experience and best practices and benefit as much as possible from being under one roof” added ESPO’s Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost; EFIP has a joined office with ESPO since 2009.

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