Annual reports

UIP 70th Annual Report 2019

"The beginning is the most important part of the work" Plato


The start of a new era: The European agenda of 2019 was dominated by the election of the new European Parliament, the appointment of the new European Commission and the consequences for the political landscape. While for this 9th legislature, roughly half of the members of European Parliament are new, the significant rise of the nationalists, populists and eurosceptics in most Member States was fortunately not reflected in an increase of their weight at European level. Unfortunately, in the absence of a stable majority, it remains to be seen what kind of dynamic will define parliamentary activities over the next five years.


UIP 69th Annual Report 2018

“All endeavour calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one characteristic we must possess if we are to face the future as finishers.” Henry David Toreau

Two topics were at the heart of almost all discussions in 2018: the implementation of the 4th Railway Package and of course digitalisation. Adapting to change is difficult and messy but even if the reality of yesterday proves to be wrong today, nobody really knows what the truth for tomorrow will be. 2018 will be remembered as a year of preparing the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) to cope with its new tasks and fostering common efforts for the development of standardised interfaces to open-up the railway system. 

UIP 67th Annual Report 2016

 "An optimist does not refuse the negative side of things, but refuses to dwell on them" - Alexander Lockart

During the past years, our common sense has been severely questioned. In 2016, the vagaries of political changes and the real and destructive effects of terror attacks across Europe reminded us about the perilous times we live in. But even if it’s becoming more and more difficult to predict the frequency or the occurrence of such events and the impact they may have on our lives and our businesses, we must strive for a delicate balance between liberties and enforced boundaries. We must turn risks into opportunities.