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ERFA - European Rail Freight Association

ERFA represents new entrants, i.e. all those operators who want open access and fair market conditions, and sustains their role of pushing forward the development of the railway market.

The members of ERFA  represent the entire value chain of rail transportation: rail freight operators, wagon keepers, service providers, forwarders, passenger operators and national rail freight associations.

ERFA works towards a competitive and innovative single European railway market by promoting attractive, fair and transparent market conditions for all railway companies.


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NEWSLETTERS24-11-16

ERFA Newsletter n°5

 

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PRESS10-11-16

ERFA welcomes the European Commission’s decision to investigate anti-competitive practises of Czech Railway incumbent, Ceské dráhy, in passenger transport.

ERFA, representing new entrants from the freight and passenger sector, very much welcomes the Commission’s decision to crackdown anti-competitive practises and abuse of dominant position in the Czech rail market. It sends a strong signal that the rail sector should urgently stop thinking as a monopoly service provider!

Incumbent operators both passenger and freight, are doing their best in shutting out competition, but not in improving the quality, the efficiency of rail services. In addition to maintain the rail sector in unsustainable economic conditions, price dumping prevent competitors to access to the market to the detriment of passengers and customers.

 

 

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NEWS / EVENTS04-11-16

Paying the freight: Europe's transportation challenges

Markus Vaerst, on the behalf of ERFA, participates to the 2016 European Paper Recycling Conference in Rotterdam. He gave a presentation on the state of play of rail freight in Europe and how to improve its attractiveness for customers.

 

 

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PRESS20-10-16

30 transport associations call on the European Parliament and the Council to approve the Commission proposal for the review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework

ERFA and 29 European transport associations, representing infrastructure managers, operators, local authorities, users and equipment suppliers in the maritime, inland waterways, railways, road, cycling, aviation and intermodal sectors, call on the European Parliament and the Council to approve the Commission proposal for the review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework. The proposal foresees an increase of EUR 1.4 billion for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget. Nonetheless, the transport sector warns that this cannot be considered sufficient to complete the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T)
 

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NEWSLETTERS12-10-16

ERFA Newsletter n°4

 

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04-11-16

Paying the freight: Europe's transportation challenges

Markus Vaerst, on the behalf of ERFA, participates to the 2016 European Paper Recycling Conference in Rotterdam. He gave a presentation on the state of play of rail freight in Europe and how to improve its attractiveness for customers.

 

 

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21-09-16

ERFA commits to ERTMS Deployment

ERFA co-signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the deployment of ERTMS with other stakeholders and Violeta Bulc, European Commissionner for Transport, at Innotrans on the 21st September. 

 

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23-06-16

The General Contract of Use for Wagons is celebrating 10 years of success

In 2006, following the liberalisation of the rail freight market, ERFA, UIP and UIC created the General Contract of Use for Wagons. It is a multilateral single contract between those operating wagons and those owning wagons. It specifyies the mutual rights and obligations in order to allow cross-border activities.

A very good example of simple, but effective solutions, which the rail sector is able to develop when it cooperates. In other words, a success.

 

 

 

 

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21-06-16

Railway Sector Declaration on Boosting International Rail Freight

The rail sector and its customers presented a declaration at the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam, committing themselves to the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of the Rail Freight Corridors for the benefit of all customers, and to improving the quality, reliability and efficiency of transporting goods by rail across Europe. 

 

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13-06-16

More EU budget for Transport

The Transport sector is mobilised to urge European institutions to dedicate more EU funds to transport in order to complete the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T). More EU Budget for Transport is the Best Investment Plan for Europe.

 

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10-11-16

ERFA welcomes the European Commission’s decision to investigate anti-competitive practises of Czech Railway incumbent, Ceské dráhy, in passenger transport.

ERFA, representing new entrants from the freight and passenger sector, very much welcomes the Commission’s decision to crackdown anti-competitive practises and abuse of dominant position in the Czech rail market. It sends a strong signal that the rail sector should urgently stop thinking as a monopoly service provider!

Incumbent operators both passenger and freight, are doing their best in shutting out competition, but not in improving the quality, the efficiency of rail services. In addition to maintain the rail sector in unsustainable economic conditions, price dumping prevent competitors to access to the market to the detriment of passengers and customers.

 

 

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20-10-16

30 transport associations call on the European Parliament and the Council to approve the Commission proposal for the review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework

ERFA and 29 European transport associations, representing infrastructure managers, operators, local authorities, users and equipment suppliers in the maritime, inland waterways, railways, road, cycling, aviation and intermodal sectors, call on the European Parliament and the Council to approve the Commission proposal for the review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework. The proposal foresees an increase of EUR 1.4 billion for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget. Nonetheless, the transport sector warns that this cannot be considered sufficient to complete the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T)
 

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10-10-16

ERFA welcomes the European Parliament’s proposal to offer a free InterRail pass to young Europeans as an opportunity for the Single European Railway area.

ERFA, representing new entrants from the freight and passenger sector, believes that free InterRail pass for young Europeans is an essential project to encourage youth’s mobility, contributing to create a common European identity.

In an open rail market, all passenger rail operators, including new entrants, need to be fully integrated in the InterRail project in order to reflect the diversity of railways and passenger experiences.

ERFA urges the European Commission and Eurail to allow all operators to join the scheme on a fair and equitable basis without delay and not to shut out new entrants from the free InterRail pass project, as they represent a growing part of the rail market and bring benefits for the whole rail sector.

 

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04-07-16

Joint letter urging strong EU action to decarbonise transport

In a joint letter with European transport associations, ERFA, representing rail new entrants, calls for an ambitious strategy to tackle rising Green House Gas emissions from the transport sector.

Major opportunities to decarbonise transport must be grasped within all modes, but also with a focus on shifting to cleaner modes. A modal shift to rail in particular for medium and long distance passenger and freight transport can play a major role in reducing CO2 emissions from the transport sector.

ERFA believes that the promotion of a more level playing field in infrastructure charging between all modes goes hand in hand with efforts to enhance rail’s performance and competitiveness.

 

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19-04-16

4th Railway Package, Political pillar : A missed opportunity

The Council and the European Parliament agreed on a final version of the 4th Railway Package. The result is far removed from the European Commission’s initial ambition for reforming rail. The real winners from yesterday’s agreement are the other more polluting modes of transport, led notably by the road sector, who continue to make market gains where rail refuses to reform.

 

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01-09-16

List of Applicable Legislation

Recently ERFA, together with other associations entered into a joint agreement with TÜV Süd, where the latter will provide the associations with an updated list of all applicable legislation for railway manufacturing, maintenance and refurbishment, also known as "Listing of directives relating to RFU-PLG Ol3"

 

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22-07-16

How can rail improve the efficiency of its own charging regime to limit competition distortions?

Effective implementation of existing EU rules would already be an important step forward in improving TRANSPARENCY, EFFICIENCY and CONSISTENCY of charges.

  • Is this happening?
  • EU court of Auditors report (published May 2016) highlighted implementation as a problem in the rail sector, also in the areas of the calculation of track access charges and separation of accounts.
 

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04-07-16

Joint letter urging strong EU action to decarbonise transport

In a joint letter to the European Commission the European transport associations, CER, EIM, ERFA, T&E, UITP and UNIFE call for an ambitious strategy to tackle rising Green House Gas emissions from the transport sector (from 1990 – 2013 GHG emissions have risen by 20%)

Major opportunities to decarbonise transport must be grasped within all modes, but also with a focus on shifting to cleaner modes.

 

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30-03-16

Rail Freight Corridors need quick wins

ERFA highlight a list of “quick wins” for the Rail Freight Corridors – relatively SMALL investments in quality than can result in BIG improvements on the performance of rail.

 

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08-03-16

A revision of the Rail Freight Corridors regulation is needed!

ERFA calls for a revision of the Rail Freight Corridors regulation in order to improve the performance of rail freight services, focusing on the need for strengthened leadership and targeted financial support for achieving quick wins, as well as improvements in the provision of efficient train paths.

 

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Rail competition barometer

  • Commission investigates practices of Czech railway incumbent Ceské dráhy in passenger transport

    The European Commission opens investigations against CZ incumbent for price dumping aiming at shutting out competition in passenger rail transport services. It breachs EU antitrust rules!

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  • The Commission refers Greece, Romania and Luxembourg to Court!

    22.7.2016 - The European Commission refers Greece, Luxembourg and Romania to the Court of Justice of the EU for failure to transpose the Directive on a single European railway area, which guarantees a fair access to the rail market for all RUs.

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  • Unannounced inspections in rail passenger sector for anti-competitive agreements

    The European Commission confirms inspections in several rail passenger companies for anti-competitive agreements aiming to shut out competing rail passenger transport operators from the market.

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  • SNCF has the monopoly of expertise!

    The French rail reform in 2014 has reinforced the monopoly of SNCF in terms of expertise. There is no independent investigations concerning the accidents in Brétigny or in Alsace!

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  • Illegal State aid in Portuguese railways?

    The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigations against the Portuguese State-owned railway maintenance company for illegal state aid. This would create an anti-competitive rail supply industry.

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  • "Competition will wait"

    Le Monde has published an article explaining that Member States, in particular France and Germany, have protected their monopolies at the detriment of the rail market. After 3 years of negotiations, the Commission is disappointed.

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  • Dawn raid in Czech National Railways

    A new case of anti-competitive practises on the line Ostrava-Prague affects the Czech National Railways. Dawn raid has been conducted in the incumbent's office in order to establish the necessary transparency.

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  • Shippers call for a "greater market focus in Rail Freight Corridors"

    The European Shippers' Council calls for a market-oriented approach on Rail Freight Corridors (RFC). In order to attract shippers to a competitive rail, RFC should meet market expectations.

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  • ARAFER rejects the nomination of Mr Farandou as the Head of SNCF Réseaux

    The French Regulator (ARAFER) has serious doubts concerning the independence of Mr Farandou vis-à-vis SNCF Mobilité. The rail sector in France needs an independent SNCF Réseaux to guarantee an open and non-discriminatory market.

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  • Czech national railways involve in a corruption case

    Czech anti-corruption police detained six people suspected to manipulate the tenders for major railways investments. Czech Transport ministry and the state railway operator would be involved in this corruption case.

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  • DB Sales' practises are anti-competitive

    After a procedure of 2 years, the German Cartel Office would confirm that Deutsche Bahn Sales' practises would not respect competition law and would discriminate new entrants.

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  • The markets expect public transport to be open by 2019

    10/03/2016 LEO Express, a Czech private transport company which entered the passenger transport market in 2012, urges EU institutions on opening the rail market for passengers as soon as possible.

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  • Fair competition is essential for rail growth

    3/11/15 The German freight association NEE and passenger association Mofair highlight the benefits of competition for the development of the rail system, and the stagnation in the long distance passenger market, where there is effectively no competition.

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  • Finland - Failure of rail leads to business opportunity for road transport

    04/09/2015 Chair of the Finnish Rail Passenger Association regrets that the passenger market in Finland remains closed to competition, to the benefit of business opportunities for road transport companies

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  • France and Germany killing off competition in their home markets

    27/07/2015 Tony Berkeley, RFG Chair, criticses France and Germany for closing up their rail markets, while ignoring the advice of 2 new competition reports, one from the UK and one from Germany, that advocate the benefits of more competition above rail.

    France and Germany killing off competition in their home markets

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  • German Monopolies Commission calls for separation between track and train ownership

    22/07/2015 The Monopolies Commission is convinced that the only way to establish undistorted competition in the German railway sector is to completely separate the infrsatructure and transport units of the integrated company Deutsche Bahn AG

    German Monopolies Commission calls for separation between track and train ownership

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  • 4th Railway Package - keep it together and stand firm on monopoly demands

    07/07/2015 In a message to the Luxembourg Presidency, Tony Berkeley, RFG Chair, highlights concerns over practices on the French and German rail market and the end of alliancing in the UK. Protecting national monopolies is not the way forward for rail.

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  • Where is the Single European rail market?

    14/04/2015 In his reference to siamese twin monopolies, Tony Berkeley, RFG Chair, criticises DB and SNCF for creating "smoke-screen"competition within their own holding companies, while obstructing any real competition in their home countries

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  • Wasted airmiles as Transport Ministers block growth in eco-friendly rail

    13/03/2015 Westbahn criticises the EU Transport Ministers who continue to block progress on the railway market and urges a much-needed European,rather than national approach, to rail.

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  • The truth about jobs in the European rail industry

    07/03/2015 In reference to a study commissioned by UTP, SNCF and ARAF, Tony Berkeley warns against following the SNCF employment model which makes rail uncompetitive compared with road and aviation.

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  • Antimonopoly Authority announces closer look into rail sector

    03/02/2015 The antimonopoly commission in Slovakia has announced that it will focus on identifying market barriers in the rail passenger market and recommend measures for their elimination.

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  • French Competition Authority also expresses concern on rail reform

    Not enough importance given by the rail reform to neutral and transparent access to the rail infrastructure, concludes the French Competition Authority.

    French Competition Authority also expresses concern on rail reform

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  • Turning national monopolies into a pan-European market is hard!

    10/01/2015 According to The Economist " Lack of competition among rail operators is another reason why high speed rail is failing to win passengers... The EU is finding it hard to transform national rail monopolies into a pan-European market...."

    Turning national monopolies into a pan-European market is hard!

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  • La fin du train? asks Le Monde

    06/01/15 La fin du train – "Trop cher et grevé de dettes, le système ferroviaire français est à bout de souffle."

    La fin du train? asks Le Monde

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  • Major passenger transport associations oppose splitting the 4th Railway Package

    08/01/15 UITP, EPTO and EMTA defend a package approach whereby both pillars are taken forward jointly

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  • Worrying developments on the French rail reform - towards even more monopolisation?

    19/12/14 As quoted by the French newspaper Le Monde, the new developments are a crude manipulation and distort the spirit of the law voted this summer. "La manipulation est grossière et dénature l'esprit meme de la loi votée cet été"

    Worrying developments on the French rail reform - towards even more monopolisation?

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  • Interesting findings from new rail freight study

    12/12/14 "One way or another the stakeholders in the railway sector will have to let go of the natural monopoly, because only through the arrival of new competitors will the impasse of old habits gradually be broken"

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  • ARAF concerns on French reform

    8/12/14 French Regulator raises concerns over cross-subsidisation, lack of financial transparency, risk of exchange of sensitive and strategic information under the new SNCF EPIC structure

    ARAF concerns on French reform

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  • Industry support for keeping 4th Railway Package together

    02/12/14 The European Freight and Logistics Forum, whose membership includes Mars, Procter & Gamble, Cargill, Volvo as well as ports, logistics service providers and more, voice their support for a level playing field in the rail sector.

    Industry support for keeping 4th Railway Package together

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  • New Entrants win prestigious Swiss rail award

    2/12/14 ERFA points to the success of BLS cargo, in partnership with ERFA member ERS Railways, in delivering innovation and efficiency in cross border rail services

    New Entrants win prestigious Swiss rail award

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  • Nobel Prize Winner - a strong critic of French Rail refom and lack of real competition on the French rail market

    Jean Tirole, who has received the Noble prize for Economic Sciences, explains on Swedish TV that problems linked to poor conditions and maintennce on French rail network cannot be attributed to deregulation, as France has not yet deregulated.

    Nobel Prize Winner - a strong critic of French Rail refom and lack of real competition on the French rail market

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