FCH JU participation in the TEN-T days
Last week the FCH JU participated in the 9th edition of the TEN-T Days, held in Ljubljana between 25th and 27th April 2018. This year’s edition focused on how to contribute to smart, sustainable and safe Mobility, relying on the trans-European transport network and investments in transport connectivity.
The event, organized by the European Commission and hosted by Commissioner of Transport Violeta Bulc saw the presence of 26 ministers and over 2,200 participants from all over Europe. With highlights and greetings from high level public authorities and stakeholders, this edition was attended by Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger and Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu. In addition, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar, Bulgarian Minister for Transport Ivaylo Moskovski and Karima Delli, Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism in the European Parliament, gave their contributions.
The FCH JU participated in the TEN-T days in multiple forms. An FCH JU stand was a part of the indoor exhibition, together with more than 100 other exhibitors showing innovative transport solutions. Hydrogen and Fuel Cells were a central key topic of those days, and a variety of companies and public authorities approached the stand to know more about the benefits of this technology and possible collaboration within the FCH JU. Commissioner Bulc, Deputy-Director General Maja Bakran and several other high level representatives of the European Union and the member states visited the stand and highlighted the importance of keeping up the hard work for a better future of mobility with hydrogen and fuel cells technologies. The presence of FCH JU- funded projects like H2FUTURE, JIVE, H2ME and REVIVE gave the participants a glance of how Institutional Public Private Partnerships can improve the ecosystem in the field of research and innovation for mobility.
On Thursday 26th April, FCH JU Executive Director Bart Biebuyck contributed to the discussion presenting the funding programme in a session focusing on the decarbonisation of cities and regions, joint by presentations from project REVIVE. He was also jury member in several sessions with the aim of tackling harmful emission and development of smarter cities.
The FCH JU was also present at the outdoor exhibition with a fuel cell electric vehicle, its Hyundai IX35 traveled from Brussels to Ljubljana with the specific purpose of showcasing the readiness of the technology during the days of the TEN-T, and a Hydrogen Bus from the FCH JU project High V.LO-City attracted the attention as innovative solution.