ERFA held its Annual event in Brussels on 15th March, with EU Transport Head, Mr Henrik Hololei headlining the evening event. Goods, unlike people, don?t vote. The needs of rail freight are often neglected. While the rights of passengers have driven discussions on improving passenger services, how can we raise the game for rail freight and ensure it plays a key role in a sustainable transport system?
At the ERFA workshop lowering user charges and incentivising higher performance for rail were the two main themes discussed together with rail regulators and the European Commission. New EU rules provide greater transparency, cost-efficiency and consistency in the charges rail has to pay, but in some Member States there is poor enforcement.
ERFA Vice-President Frank Schuhholz described the impact of track access charges on rail's attractivenss to customers at an event co-sponsored by CER, ERFA and UIRR. Efficient transport pricing for the rail sector and for all modes of transport is needed in order to avoid price distortions that undermine the competitiveness of the sector.
ERFA held its Annual event in Brussels on 24th March, with EU Transport Commissioner Bulc headlining the evening event. SEE PICTURES HERE
On 20th November ERFA, as a Representative Body, took part in the Group of Representative Bodies' event welcoming the current ERA Director,Marcel Verslype and his successor, Josef Doppelbauer in Brussels.
On 3rd September ERFA hosted an MEP Briefing seminar with the Chair of the European Parliament's Transport Committee, Michael Cramer MEP. .
highlighting the EU Railway Conference organized by the Commission and the Agency (ERA) in Lille (France) See on the ERA website the conference files
... and visits permanent Representatives / transport attachés of several countries (SE, RO, NL, LU, ES, LV, DK, UK, ?.)