Thursday, September 29th

10:00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
Conference with simultaneous translation in English


In collaboration with RAM/SPC Italy and the European Short Sea Shipping Network (ESN)

The Conference is organized by RAM Spa – SPC ITALY in the framework of the 2022 ESN Italian Presidency with the goal of promoting a debate on the decarbonization and digitalization processes of the transport and logistics system and on the evolution of the geopolitical scenarios in Europe and the Mediterranean area.
The event will be an important opportunity to present the results of the ESN position paper elaborated following the results of the webinars held in 2022: “The importance of eco incentives for SSS and the maritime sector” and “Digitalization and environmental sustainability as drivers in the change of SSS”.
Representatives of national and EU Institutions and stakeholders will discuss the policies, programmes, funding opportunities and future scenarios of Short Sea Shipping in Europe.

A simultaneous translation in English will be provided for the Italian interventions.



Welcome and keynote speeches
Francesco Benevolo, Managing Director, RAM Spa/SPC Italy
Maria Teresa di Matteo, Vice Head of Cabinet and General Director, Directorate General for the supervision of System Port Authorities, maritime and inland waterways transport, Italian Ministry of sustainable infrastructures and mobility
Giovanni Colzi, Policy Officer, Seconded national expert, European Commission – DG Move

Setting the scene towards 2027: Policies and Funding
Interview to Kurt Bodewig, EU Coordinator for the Motorways of the Sea
Sofia Papantoniadou, Feedback to Policy Coordinator – CEF Transport, European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency

Presentation of the ESN Paper “Short Sea Shipping – Challenges and Opportunities towards 2027”
Arianna Norcini Pala, Head of European and National Program Unit, RAM Spa/SPC Italy



Discussion table
Moderator: Morena Pivetti, Journalist experts in economics and transport
Matteo Catani, Chief Executive Officer, GNV
Dario Bocchetti, Head of Energy Saving & Innovation, Grimaldi Group
Zeno D’Agostino, Vice President, ESPO
Japoco Signorile, Senior Advisor, CdP
Enrico Finocchi, President, Albo dell’Autotrasporto
Vito Mauro, Digital Expert of STM, Italian Ministry of sustainable infrastructures and mobility
Dario Aponte, Transport Engineer and Intermodal Transport Expert


Conclusions and outlook
Francesco Benevolo, Managing Director, RAM Spa/SPC Italy

End of Conference