Press releases

House of Rail welcomes the draft EC Regulation on the creation of a European Rail Network for Competitive Freight.

House of Rail members and many other customer groups lobbied hard for the European Parliament not only to accept the Commission’s draft but to strengthen it. They therefore welcome the amendments made earlier this week which:

  • increase the flexibility of the regulation,
  • involve customers and operators to a greater extent,
  • provide for a greater role for independent regulators, and
  • increase the transparency of the various activities involved, including a requirement to provide independent regulators with information.


HoR is pleased that the European Parliament did not accept certain amendments designed to neuter the regulations and make them less effective.

HoR will now study the new text of the Regulation and may propose some further improvements. Similarly, HoR will be seeking to ensure that member states support this Regulation in the Transport Council so that it can be implemented at the earliest possible time.


2nd Joint Statement - UIC, UIP, ERFA and CER on responsibility of Wagon Keeper for maintenance

The associations:

  • Welcomed that both TRAN and the Council in their decisions acknowledge the important role of the keeper of rail freight wagons as well as the need to define the term “keeper” in the Safety Directive and to clearly identify the keeper in the national vehicle registers.
  • Further welcomed that TRAN voted unanimously in favour of the sole responsibility of the keeper for the maintenance and in favour of a mandatory certification of the maintenance management of the keeper.
  • And strongly objected, for the reasons repeated below, to the proposal of the Council to introduce an additional “entity in charge of maintenance” in the Safety Directive which is not in every case identical with the wagon keeper.


The texts of the Interoperability Directive, voted in first reading by the European Parliament on December 11th, and of the Safety Directive proposed by the Council and presently subject to the tripartite conciliation procedure, compel the associations to re-issue the position that they already formulated against the notion of “entity in charge of maintenance” and against the voluntary nature of the certification of that maintenance, as advocated by the Council’s text. 


Joint Statement - UIC, UIP, ERFA and CER on responsibility of Wagon Keeper for maintenance

The associations welcome that both TRAN and the Council in their decisions acknowledge the important role of the keeper of rail freight wagons as well as the need to define the term keeper in the Safety Directive and to clearly identify the keeper in the national vehicle registers.

The associations further welcome that TRAN voted unanimously in favour of the sole responsibility of the keeper for the maintenance and in favour of a mandatory certification of the maintenance management of the keeper.

The associations strongly object, for the reasons given below, to the proposal of the Council to introduce an additional entity in charge of maintenance in the Safety Directive which is not in every case identical with the wagon keeper