The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association welcomes the new European Commission

- The Commission's main priorities; climate, digitalization and free trade are priorities shared by Norwegian shipping. We look forward to working with President von der Leyen and her team, says Harald Solberg, CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association.

Following formal approval by the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 27 November, the new European Commission now takes office on December 1.

Transport, ocean and green transition

President von der Leyen presented her political program this summer and has now clarified the final division of responsibilities.

- We would particularly like to welcome Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean and also look forward to fruitful cooperation with Virginijus Sinkevičius, who is responsible for ocean and environment. In addition, we will closely follow the work on a European Green Deal, which is led by First Vice President Frans Timmermans, says Solberg.

Flagship event in February

The EU plays an important role for Norwegian shipping and the Norwegian Shipowners' Association is therefore actively present with our own local representation in Brussels.

European Shipping Week 2020, which takes place in Brussels on 17-21 February, will be an early chance to showcase the industry to new policymakers, and along with our partners in the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) we look forward to presenting our strategic priorities for 2019-2024.