Opening workshop: Budapest, 17-18 September 2014

Summary of the workshop Synchronization and development of national strategies of logistics in V4 countries (Budapest, 17-18 September 2014)

 

The workshop was the first event of the Synchronization and development of national strategies of logistics in V4 countries, a project supported by the International Visegrad Fund. In his opening lecture, Lajos Veres (professor at the College of Dunaújváros, board member of the Hungarian Logistics Association and chairman of the Scientific Association for Spatial Development) gave an overview of the economic trends in the Visegrad area since the collapse of communism. Regarding the present, he emphasized the effects of the European Union, in particular the increasing interdependencies, the regional cooperation and the cohesion policies. According to Professor Veres, the main challenges of the future are the questions of security, the connectivity and the increasing role of culture as economic resource.

Noémi Piricz (College of Dunaújváros) introduced the national logistics strategy of Hungary. First, she gave a brief account of the present state of logistics in Hungary in a European context. Second, she investigated the main tenets of the Hungarian national logistics strategy.

Imre Gódány (Scientific Association for Spatial Development) presented an overview of the most important national and EU strategic documents which may effect logistics.

The Czech logistics sector was introduced by Václav Cempírek and Petr Průša of the University of Pardubice. In their lecture they presented the road and railway network of the Czech Republic and the volume of transported goods. The emphasized the dominant role Prague and the Moravia play in the Czech logistics.

Researchers of the University of Zilina, Iveta Kubasáková and Ivana Šimková delivered a presentation about the current state and challenges of the logistics in Slovakia. They gave an overview of all logistic sectors (road, railway, intermodal, air and water), presented the logistic centers and the planned developments in the next six years. They also discussed the financial background of these plans.

The Polish logistics was presented by researchers of the University of Economics in Katowice, Edyta Klosa and Marcin Switala. In their presentation, they dealt with the infrastructure, the development plans and the volume of Polish logistics sector.

By the end of the workshop it became clear that there are significant differences in the governmental planning of logistics in the Visegrad region. The most nuanced is the Hungarian case, as Hungary’s government has accepted a comprehensive national strategy in logistics. By contrast, Poland’s logistics sector is covered by the strategy of transport. The participants of the workshop elaborated the methods how to compare the national logistics strategies which may lead to a harmonization of these documents and plans.