On 25 March, the European Union, officially still uniting 28 states, inhabited by 500 million Europeans and speaking 24 different languages, celebrated its 60th birthday.
This anniversary was also marked by a loss, since the Great Britain has officially started its withdrawal already the following week. Even despite the fact that on 25 March 2017 the leaders of the already 27 member states gathered in Rome to sign a declaration, stating that the “European unity is a bold, far-sighted endeavour”.


By Justinas Liuima,
Senior Industry Analyst of Euromonitor International


2016 was marked by increased political uncertainty and business volatility, which hindered the performance of the logistics industry. A period of high uncertainty is expected to continue in 2017, but, despite this, global growth is anticipated to accelerate.
Global real GDP growth is forecast to reach 3.4 % in 2017, thanks to accelerating growth in emerging markets in Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe and better-than-expected growth in the EU. This is anticipated to translate into new opportunities for logistics providers, with the logistics industry forecast to grow by 2 % in 2017, in comparison to the decline of 0.3 % registered in 2016.
Yet, despite improving economic growth, business and consumer confidence remains fragile. Political instability in Europe, fear of free trade restrictions and terrorism will remain the key issues constraining business confidence and the logistics industry’s growth in 2017. However, the introduction of new transportation modes and redistribution of trade routes at the same time will provide new opportunities for logistics providers operating on Europe-Asia trade routes and within the EU.

Milda Manomaityte
Director, Global AirRail Alliance


This march I had a privilege to speak at the annual Passenger Terminal Conference, celebrating its 20th anniversary in Amsterdam. With nearly 7000 visitors, speakers and conference participants, the Passenger Terminal Expo & Conference is clearly the largest and most important annual gathering for global airports and suppliers.
Among 11 different conference tracks “Airport Cities, Transport Connections & Tourism” session discussed various airport access issues.
Over the years, as the director of the Global AirRail Alliance, I have been asked one question so many times, that I thought it would be a good idea to address it during my presentation, titled “Why airports should stop relying on car parking revenues?”, 
and maybe challenge the “we’ve always done it this way” thinking.
And the question that I’m asked very often is – “why should we, the airport, invest in rail links when most of our revenue comes from people parking their vehicles at our car parks?”

On 22–23 February Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, hosted the third meeting for the participants of the global EXPO 2017, attended by 326 delegates from more than 100 countries. This was the last and most important meeting of such scale until the opening of the exhibition on 10 June.
The delegates were provided with the key facts on the progress of the project, as well as introduced to the exhibition’s system of accreditation and operational management. It was finally stated that at the end of February the participation at the global EXPO was officially confirmed by 115 countries and 18 international organisations. This number has already made EXPO 2017 a record-breaker in terms of participants throughout the entire history of these exhibitions.
Since Kazakhstan offered a visa-free regime for 45 countries throughout the exhibition, organisers expect that the number of visitors should exceed 5 million.

Classed by the World Economic Forum as the world’s number one long term risk, water crisis is a key issue impacting a huge number of businesses, from energy production, to agriculture, food production, apparel and heavy end use industries such as beauty and personal care, laundry detergent and laundry appliances. This report looks at how a range of companies are tackling this pressing concern, from supply chain management to community initiatives and product innovation.


Zita Tallat-Kelpšaitė


The Seine-Scheldt Canal is an example of Central European transnational cooperation.

Showing flexibility in adapting to global shipping tendencies and market conditions, the Port of Klaipėda summed up the last year with a new cargo handling record by exceeding 40 million tonnes. The results of the fastest-growing port in the region illustrate continuous investments into its infrastructure and superstructure. In order to create the most convenient conditions and increase competitiveness, last year the Port of Klaipėda dredged the external shipping channel and increased the draft. The partners of the port soon felt the benefits and importance of this project with the only Lithuanian seaport receiving increasingly larger ships, looking forward to accept the largest ships entering the Baltic Sea in the future.

TheATRIUM – the first international theatre festival – will take place at Klaipėda Drama Theatre on 1-25 June 2017. 
The Lithuanian and foreign theatres, invited to participate at the festival, are acknowledged professionals that have gained recognition both in their homelands and abroad. The festival will feature non-commercial, yet highly artistic performances and will make use of the entire reconstructed Klaipėda Drama Theatre and the Theatre Square.


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