Alexander van den Bosch to become new EFIP Director


van den BoschAlexander van den Bosch has been appointed as the new Director of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP). He succeeds Kathrin Obst, who took on a position at the European Commission, DG MOVE in April.

Mr van den Bosch (pictured) has been working for more than 13 years in EU policy-making and advocacy in Brussels. Over the last six years, he has worked as EU representative for the Province of Zuid-Holland (NL), a strong transport region. In that capacity, he has also been involved in the setting-up of the European network CLINSH (Clean Inland Shipping).

Before that, he was representing the Urban Network Brabantstad in Brussels, after having served for three years as policy advisor in the European Parliament. He studied at the Dutch Institute for Public administration (Thorbecke Academy), at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is Dutch, is fluent in English and French, and speaks good German and some Polish.

“We are very much welcoming Alexander van den Bosch as our new Director”, said EFIP President Hans-Peter Hadorn.

“Alexander has a solid basis in EU policy-making and advocacy. Moreover, since he has been representing over the last years a region in which ports, both sea- and inland ports, and inland waterways play an important role, I am sure he has seen what inland ports can bring to a region. This is why I believe he is very well-placed to show the added value of inland ports as multi modal nodes, linking the sea ports with the hinterland and vice versa.”

“It is a great honour for me to be on board of EFIP and to make the voice of inland ports heard in Brussels. Every inland port in Europe is gifted and, as multimodal nodes of transport in the hinterland, they take a crucial position in solving today’s and tomorrow’s economic and environmental challenges of Europe’s transport sector. My experience in the Region will be very useful and I am really looking forward to learning, working and acting together not only with the different inland ports all over Europe and ESPO, but also with the involved actors and EU institutions in Brussels.”, said Mr van den Bosch.

Mr van den Bosch will be working at the EFIP Secretariat, which is based in Brussels and has a joint office with the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO). He will take up his new position on 1st September.