International Transport Forum - 2014 annual summit Transport for a Changing World | 21-23 may 2014 - Leipsig, Germany | France presidency
Michael Cramer
Member of the European Parliament
Chairman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism
Transport and regional development: Taking trade and tourism beyond urban centres
11:00 - 12:45Friday, 29 May 2015

As a Member of the European Parliament, Michael Cramer works mainly on European Union (EU) transport policy. After ten years as transport policy spokesperson for the Green group, he was elected chairman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) in July 2014. He initiated the "Iron Curtain Trail" project. This project transfers the concept of a “bike ride through history” from the "Berlin Wall Trail" to the European level. The "Iron Curtain Trail" stretches for approximately 10 000 km from the Barents Sea on the Norwegian-Russian border all the way down to the Black Sea, crossing 20 countries, 15 of which are today member states of the European Union. The project is co-funded by the EU as a model for sustainable cultural tourism. Cramer is also a Member of the European Parliament’s delegation to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and chairs the parliamentary platform "Rail Forum Europe".