Press Release

New North Rhine-Westphalia Prime Minister visits Port of Rotterdam

Armin Laschet, elected as Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia at the end of June, visited the Port of Rotterdam during his first international visit. The CDU politician took a tour of the Europoort and Maasvlakte area and spoke with the Port Authority management.

Yvonne van der Laan, Armin Laschet and Emile Hoogsteden.

“We are delighted with Prime Minister Laschet’s visit”, said Emile Hoogsteden, Port of Rotterdam Authority Director of Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics. “It is a great honour to be the destination of his very first international visit. And, of course, we have a lot to discuss. North Rhine-Westphalia and Rotterdam are inextricably linked regarding logistics, with Duisberg and the other inland ports and logistics hubs as indisputable multi-modal transport links from and to the hinterland. We are also facing the same significant challenges: energy transition and digitisation. Together, we are better able to capitalise on emerging opportunities in these areas, which will enable us to further strengthen the industrial logistics axis of North Rhine-Westphalia - Rotterdam.”

'Nicht Hamburg'
At 55.7 billion euro, the Netherlands is by far the most important North Rhine-Westphalia trading partner. The Maas city plays a crucial role in this. The Port of Rotterdam, with 80 million tonnes, takes a 60 per cent market share of all transport between Germany’s most heavily populated state and the sea ports. Although Prime Minister Laschet’s statement gained notoriety in his own country, what the CDU politician stated in his government declaration on 13 September is correct “Unser Seehafen heisst nicht Hamburg, sondern Rotterdam.” (Our sea port isn’t called Hamburg, but Rotterdam.) Building on this, parties agreed today to further intensify collaboration between North Rhine-Westphalia and the Port of Rotterdam. Both parties will also work to firmly anchor the position of the sea ports relevant for the Germany economy, which includes Rotterdam, in national German policy.

Energy in transition

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is committed to combating climate change and wants to play a leading role in the global energy transition. The reduction of CO₂ emissions and efficient use of raw and residual materials are important tasks for the Port Authority.

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