Studies and Reports

RFC Sector Statement: progress report on boosting rail freight

In 2016 Ministers of Transport signed the so-called ‘Rotterdam Declaration’ and expressed their strong support for international rail freight transport and a market-oriented development of the Rail Freight Corridors. At the same time the railway sector adopted a sector statement with commitment to “boost international rail freight”

Following the Rotterdam Declaration and the Sector Statement, the sector identified 10 priorities, which were presented during the Rail Freight Day in Rotterdam in December 2016. Sector organisations decided to work together on the priorities in an integrated way and set up the Sector Statement Group by July 2017 and indicated 10 rapporteurs for the identified priorities. As agreed in 2016, a Comprehensive Progress Report has been prepared for the Rail Freight Days 2018 to set forth the findings, detailing progress on the sector priorities based on information received from the sector priority rapporteurs. It also makes an assessment of where specific attention (topics, priorities, actions) may be focused on in the next two years at sector / EU level.

This comprehensive progress report is accompanied by a non-technical paper 'Outlook on the Sector Statement'. You will find both documents to download below.

With this progress report the whole rail freight sector demonstrates that changes are possible and that we share the view that the Graz Declaration can mark the beginning of a new era, reiterating the importance of keeping rail freight at the heart of national and EU policies for a decarbonized and clean transportation of the future. The rail sector stands ready to intensify its collaborative efforts in acting as a backbone of a sustainable mobility in Europe.




 

UIP guidelines on CEF calls for telematics

These UIP Guidelines should facilitate the submission of project proposals for EU funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The guidelines have been prepared in a Q&A Format to guide members and individual Keepers through the application process. It focuses on project proposals for telematics under the CEF priority (Rail interoperability).

With this CEF call, the European Commission wants to support activities towards the introduction of predictive and condition-based maintenance. This means in particular that projects aiming at capturing data by installing sensors and telematic devices on freight wagons to track and trace, detect collisions, identify wear and tear and monitor the proper functioning or the condition of rolling stock can be proposed for funding.

Projects for Rail Interoperability & telematics are funded under the TEN-T Multi-Annual Call and should be best submitted as studies that include some deployment activities (e.g. include some testing of sensors/telematic devices in pilot projects) on the Trans European transport network. CEF funding offers 50% reimbursement of the eligible costs for such studies.
The evaluation and selection process for project proposals is managed by INEA, the Commission’s Executive Agency for Innovation and Networks, which is also responsible for awarding the funds and monitoring the realisation of the approved projects under their relevant programmes.

 

ERRAC - RAIL 2050 Vision

During the plenary meeting of the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC), the Rail stakeholders unanimously endorsed the content and subsequent publication of a Rail 2050 Vision.

The document represents the vision of the rail sector for the needs of the future railway system as the backbone of Europe's mobility. It sets out the important role that rail already plays in delivering economic and societal benefits in Europe and that it has the opportunity to contribute much more, taking advantage of technical developments. It also pushes the key message that the rail sector is able and ready to offer a significant contribution to the solution of mobility expectations in both passenger and freight/logistics and support economic growth, social cohesion, competitive markets, etc. by facilitating mobility.

The key to the delivery of this ambitious vision includes a closer collaboration with the other transport modes so as to put customers at the forefront of all considerations.