European and International Cold Chain Associations Come Together to Amplify Voice Ahead of European Elections


European and International Cold Chain Associations Come Together to Amplify Voice Ahead of European Elections

In a display of shared aims, ten prominent European and international associations, including the European Cold Storage and Logistics Association (ECSLA), have forged a powerful network to elevate the voice of the European cold chain industry. As Europe prepares for crucial elections, these organizations are joining forces to ensure that the unique needs and contributions of the cold chain sector are recognized and prioritized by the European Parliament, the European Commission, and stakeholders at large.

The cold chain industry plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the integrity of perishable goods, ensuring food safety, and facilitating the distribution of life-saving vaccines and pharmaceuticals.

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent energy crises have placed immense strain on global supply chains, particularly the cold chain sector. Throughout the pandemic, cold chain professionals demonstrated remarkable resilience and innovation, spearheading the development of infrastructure that enabled the successful delivery of vaccines to over 350 million people.

Building on this spirit of resilience and innovation, the supporting European and international associations seeks to harness their collective strength to shape policies and initiatives that promote sustainability, energy efficiency, resilience and growth across the cold supply chain.

By pooling resources and expertise, the group sets out four key priorities for Europe for which a successful cold chain will play a vital role:

  • Supporting a resilient and sustainable food system
  • Thriving in a decarbonised European energy system
  • Enabling trade and economic growth
  • Providing jobs for today and tomorrow

Read more in the document ‘Delivering a Sustainable, Resilient Perishable Goods Supply Chain’ (link needs to be included)

It contains a series of policy proposals underpinning each of these themes, and the supporting associations will use this statement as a basis for engaging with MEPs and officials throughout the election period and in the new European Parliament.

Christine Weiker, Secretary General of ECSLA said:

“The significance of this Call to Action extends far beyond the boundaries of individual organizations. It is a testament to the collective commitment of the cold chain industry to drive positive change and make a lasting impact on a global scale”.

She continued:

“At this pivotal moment in European politics ahead of the elections to the European Parliament and a new college of European Commissioners, our cold chain associations stand ready to engage with policymakers, industry leaders, and stakeholders to advocate for policies that promote the resilience, sustainability, and innovation of the cold chain”.


Available documents:

Call to Action 



For media inquiries, please contact:

Christine Weiker
Secretary General
European Cold Storage and Logistics Association – ECSLA