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Press Statement: Learnings from Rastatt

21-11-17

Press Statement: Learnings from Rastatt

Infrastructure Managers must strengthen their support for international services.

Rail freight companies set out their priorities following the Rastatt disaster:

- Infrastructure managers must take responsibility for developing one standard infrastructure if rail is to be competitive with road.

- Rail companies who have to adapt to different operational rules, signalling systems, language requirements, train parameters can never deliver a competitive offer.

- Full liability for the financial damages caused by Rastatt must also be settled by DB Netz in the short term. The lost customer confidence in rail as a reliable partner in the supply chain must be regained.

 

Adoption of the new European Union rule to improve rail infrastructure works

14-11-17

Adoption of the new European Union rule to improve rail infrastructure works

The European Rail Freight Association strongly welcomes the adoption of new EU rules to improve the coordination of infrastructure works.

It is a positive step forward for rail’s competitiveness.

Improved rail performance is essential to make rail more customer-friendly and to encourage a shift of goods from road to rail.

ERFA urges infrastructure managers to ensure the success of the new framework for organising infrastructure works!

 

 

ERFA press release on ERTMS

06-10-17

ERFA press release on ERTMS

ERFA welcomes the European Court of Auditors’ ERTMS report, stating that ERTMS has not been properly planned, deployed and managed, and that the individual business case for the parties involved have not been considered.

The lack of a business case for today’s railway undertakings, who will face the costs, but very little of the benefits of ERTMS, should be addressed as a priority.

ERFA welcomes the key report recommendations for a thorough assessment of the costs, coordinated and legally binding dates for decommissioning national signalling systems and the improved targeting of EU funding for cross-border sections and locomotives involved in international traffic.

 

ALLRAIL Press Release on Rail Passenger Rights

04-10-17

ALLRAIL Press Release on Rail Passenger Rights

Last week a new proposal for the regulation on EU rail passengers’ rights and obligations was released by the European Commission.

ALLRAIL stresses that better access to rail travel information should become a passenger right.

While ALLRAIL welcomes the new Regulation, our press release highlights how the travel information proposals will jeopardise further growth in above Rail competition.

 

European Commission's decision to fine Lithuanian Railways

03-10-17

European Commission's decision to fine Lithuanian Railways

ERFA welcomes the decision, adopted yesterday, by the European Commission to fine the Lithuanian incumbent rail company for an unprecedented case of anti-competitive behaviour that took place in 2008.

Such anti-competitive behaviour jeopardises efforts to shift more goods onto rail and to build a more competitive rail sector.

ERFA underlines the need for greater efforts on the part of Member States to support a competitive European rail sector.

We also encourage the European Commission to pursue without delay other anti-competitive cases in the rail sector.

 

Rastatt disaster: let's learn the lessons!

02-10-17

Rastatt disaster: let's learn the lessons!

ERFA with 28 other European and national-based associations co-signed an open letter addressed to: Commissioner Bulc, 28 EU Transport Ministers, Swiss Transport Minister, Rail Freight Corridors and Executive Director of ERA. 

The Rastatt disaster led to chaos and wide-reaching economic damage. It is vital rail wins back customer confidence.

The closure of a small stretch of line exposed the weaknesses of the rail sector in the transport logistics chain.

The open letter calls for progress to be made in achieving a more international approach to rail freight services. An international corridor management and the international coordination of works is at the heart of this.

 

ERFA welcome new EU rules to support rail’s competitiveness and modal shift.

28-09-17

ERFA welcome new EU rules to support rail’s competitiveness and modal shift.

New legislation, adopted yesterday, paves the way for basic provisions to root out anti-competitive practices and to strengthen the role of the rail facilities market in boosting rail’s growth. The role of rail regulators in supporting a competitive facilities market will be crucial.

 

CEF Transport coalition

22-09-17

CEF Transport coalition

ERFA together with the European transport organisations promotes the campaign: “ More budget for transport”.

The transport sector plays a very important role in our day to day lives. It employs over 20 million people, which represents 10% of total EU employment. Every day the sector faces new challenges. To keep up with the times we need to continue the process of innovation we have begun.

This is just one of the reasons why continued high EU financial resources are so important for the future!

 

 

Views of the rail sector: Multiannual Financial Framework post-2020

21-09-17

Views of the rail sector: Multiannual Financial Framework post-2020

ERFA together with the European associations representing the rail sector presents a joint paper explaining why it is so important to continue to invest in rail. The JP underlines the need of more finance resources for the future to guarantee further developments of the sector.

 

More EU budget for transport!

19-09-17

More EU budget for transport!

Why does EU transport need more investments in the future? The transport associations from across the different modes, including ERFA, have joined forces to explain!

 

RASTATT DISASTER! Open letter to EU Commissioner Bulc and Federal Minister Dobrindt

04-09-17

RASTATT DISASTER! Open letter to EU Commissioner Bulc and Federal Minister Dobrindt

An open letter to EU Commissioner Bulc and Federal Minister Dobrindt in order to underline the severe problems that rail freight is facing on Europe’s most important North-South corridor
The Rhine valley railways will be interrupted for almost two months because of the Rastatt construction site incident. Once the route is reopened on the announced date of 7 October 2017, railway logistics will have suffered immense damage.

Alternative solutions have to be found to solve the problem ASAP to not disadvantage further the rail freight transport and the economies of the countries involved.

 











ERFA urges MEPs to defend financial transparency

22-02-16

ERFA urges MEPs to defend financial transparency

In the updated position on the Governance negotiations ERFA urges the European Parliament to fight for financial transparency. The current status quo allows for the diversion of public money and other sources of revenue away from infrastructure investment and to undermine the running of competing rail services. ERFA argues this is not in the public interest or long term stratgic rail interest for a sustainable rail sector.

 

ERFA position on Governance Trilogue

04-11-15

ERFA position on Governance Trilogue

ERFA proposes amendments based on the European Parliament and Council positions.

 


ERFA Input Paper - Reforming rail

03-09-15

ERFA Input Paper - Reforming rail

In reforming the management of railways priority must be given to making rail a more attractive transport mode both for customers and for investment in the sector. Ahead 8th September Council meeting ERFA opposes provisions that continue to allow anti-competitive behaviour, harming the quality of existing rail services as well as detering new investment into the rail sector.

 

ERFA input paper on Governance discussions

15-07-15

ERFA input paper on Governance discussions

Ahead of the Council Working Party meeting of 16th July ERFA urges for the creation of a one stop shop for all infrastructure-related issues and for assurances that the fragmentation of the Infrastructure functions will not lead to increased costs for the rail system.

 


Open Letter on 4th RP Market Pillar

30-06-15

Open Letter on 4th RP Market Pillar

 

ERFA Practical guide to Recast Implementation

16-06-15

ERFA Practical guide to Recast Implementation

ERFA has prepared a user-friendly guide to all the new measures that come into force on 16th June 2015 and that Member States are expected to have already transposed into national law. ERFA relies on the Member States to ensure timely and effective implementation of the Recast Directive and on the European Commission to take action where there are delays or breaches of the implementation.

 


ERFA position paper on the Transport White Paper revision

27-05-15

ERFA position paper on the Transport White Paper revision

ERFA fully supports the rail growth targets from the 2011 Transport White Paper, but wants to see more concrete action from the European Commission and Member States in order to achieve them.

 

ERFA position paper on NRMM

20-05-15

ERFA position paper on NRMM

ERFA urges the proposals on emission standards for rail not to be set in a vacuum, disconnected from the realities of the conditions necessary for incentivising growth in the rail sector.

 

ERFA updated position on Governance

20-04-15

ERFA updated position on Governance

In reaction to the latest version of the new compromises on the 4th Railway Package ERFA raises concerns over weakened independence requirements of the infrastructure manager and urges caution over the "association" of railway undertakings in traffic management.

 

Open Letter urging ambition in transforming rail into a customer-friendly sector

10-03-15

Open Letter urging ambition in transforming rail into a customer-friendly sector

In a letter co-signed with Europe-wide representatives of freight forwarders, shippers, passengers, rail-road operators and environmental organisations ERFA calls on Member States to push through important changes on the Market Pillar of the 4th Railway Package.

 

 







Private investments into rail – what  framework conditions?  Input paper

03-09-14

Private investments into rail – what framework conditions? Input paper

ERFA has produced a new document intended to feed into the discussions on the political pillar of the 4th Railway Package.
The input paper exposes the discriminatory practices faced by new entrants across Europe.

 

ERFA latest position paper on the 4th Railway Package – developments under the Italian Presidency

27-08-14

ERFA latest position paper on the 4th Railway Package – developments under the Italian Presidency

ERFA seeks to steer discussions towards a regulatory framework that promotes rail growth and away from discriminatory practices that hinder newcomers to the rail market.

 

Best practice from the UK: separated rail markets enable competition and promote growth and investment

21-07-14

Best practice from the UK: separated rail markets enable competition and promote growth and investment

An open letter from the British Rail Freight Group

 

ERFA Position Paper on the 4th Railway Package

18-07-14

ERFA Position Paper on the 4th Railway Package

The rail reform, as proposed by the European Commission’s 4th Railway Package, is the right way forward for achieving a much-needed revitalisation of the rail sector in Europe. 

 


ERFA Position on today’s ERTMS development and problematic: ERFA urges the Commission to develop a synthetic 3D European diagnosis matrix being updated in real time

01-11-13

ERFA Position on today’s ERTMS development and problematic: ERFA urges the Commission to develop a synthetic 3D European diagnosis matrix being updated in real time

During the first meeting on 5th November 2013 of ERTMS Users Group (= the Infrastructure Managers) with the RUs and their Representative Associations (CER, ERFA, EPTTOLA), ERFA pointed out the today’s eclectic ERTMS deployment made of segments not connected to each other and leading to un-harmonized/ incoherent interoperability.

 

NOISE - ERFA is answering the public and stakeholder consultation “Effective reduction of noise generated by railway freight wagons in use in the European Union”

01-10-13

NOISE - ERFA is answering the public and stakeholder consultation “Effective reduction of noise generated by railway freight wagons in use in the European Union”

Highly concerned by the problematic either on the public acceptance level of the rail freight traffic night and day either on cost increase of the operations level, ERFA answered the consultation

 

In meeting, the Board of ERFA expressed strong and clear messages regarding the 4th Railway Package under discussion

16-09-13

In meeting, the Board of ERFA expressed strong and clear messages regarding the 4th Railway Package under discussion

 



First comments of ERFA on the 4th RP draft reports issued by the TRAN Committee’s Rapporteurs

03-07-13

First comments of ERFA on the 4th RP draft reports issued by the TRAN Committee’s Rapporteurs

The Rapporteurs issued their draft reports on 18 June. Following a focused Reading, ERFA decided to deliver first comments. Here there are on the 4 reports regarding the Commission’s proposals of Interoperability directive, Safety directive, ERA regulation (all three representing the technical pillar of the 4th RP) and governance and passengers open access directive (let’s say the recast of the recast of the 1st RP). These reports are submitted to amendments to be delivered no later than 16 September.

 



ERFA issues 2 new presentations for better communication towards members, EU institutions and stakeholders

12-04-13

ERFA issues 2 new presentations for better communication towards members, EU institutions and stakeholders

 









ERFA position on the Advocate General opinion

06-09-12

ERFA position on the Advocate General opinion

The same day as the EESC conference, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice delivered his opinion. ERFA reacted by issuing a press release

 

ERFA expressed its opinion on the social conditions and dialogue for the Railways workers

06-09-12

ERFA expressed its opinion on the social conditions and dialogue for the Railways workers

In the frame of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) conference : Reforming European railway legislation

 

The 100 year celebration of our ERFA Member VAP/CRE in Bern, Switzerland

31-08-12

The 100 year celebration of our ERFA Member VAP/CRE in Bern, Switzerland

The Secretary General participates to the celebration in Bern. On the occasion, a publication was edited with the ERFA contribution

 

ERFA Open letter to Brian Simpson, MEP, Chairman of the Committee of transport and tourism

07-08-12

ERFA Open letter to Brian Simpson, MEP, Chairman of the Committee of transport and tourism

The President François Coart address to MEP Brian Simpson following his interview in DVZ of July 21raising some concerns amongst ERFA

 

Joint Position paper on the future role of ERA

10-07-12

Joint Position paper on the future role of ERA

ERFA and CER cooperate and share the views on the future role of ERA …. With some nuances which could be emphasized in the 4th Railway package discussions

 

ERFA position on the EC discussion paper on a Single European Rail Infrastructure Mangement

30-04-12

ERFA position on the EC discussion paper on a Single European Rail Infrastructure Mangement

 

Hearing of ERFA by the Belgian Parliament on SNCB restructuration

24-04-12

Hearing of ERFA by the Belgian Parliament on SNCB restructuration

Presentation of the Secretary general

 

Hearing of ERFA and UIP on TrenItalia unjustified restriction for ECM

19-04-12

Hearing of ERFA and UIP on TrenItalia unjustified restriction for ECM

See the common letter signed by Secretary General

 

ERFA’s President comment on ERTMS new MoU (baseline 3) signature

16-04-12

ERFA’s President comment on ERTMS new MoU (baseline 3) signature

In Copenhagen under Danish Presidency

 

ERFA supports the Luino line in Italy as part of the Rotterdam-Genoa corridor

16-02-12

ERFA supports the Luino line in Italy as part of the Rotterdam-Genoa corridor

 

The ERFA Agenda & wagon keepers

30-01-12

The ERFA Agenda & wagon keepers

Presentation of Secretary General on the General Assembly meeting of BeWAG

 

The Recast and the ERFA statement by IRG-Rail

29-11-11

The Recast and the ERFA statement by IRG-Rail

Presentation of Secretary General in plenary meeting with Stakeholders in Bonn (D) by BNetzA

 

Major topics in the European rail freight policy

29-10-11

Major topics in the European rail freight policy

Presentation of Secretary General by VDV 82. Sitzung des Ständigen Ausschusses der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Eisenbahnen öffentlicher Häfen (EöH) in Dresden (D)

 

Potential for optimizing single wagon load rail traffic …. By investing in infrastructure for the 1st and last mile and non discriminatory use of service facilities

06-10-11

Potential for optimizing single wagon load rail traffic …. By investing in infrastructure for the 1st and last mile and non discriminatory use of service facilities

Presentation of Secretary General by VDV’s 6th International VDV Railway Congress I n Frankfurt

 

ERFA and the major challenges for private rail freight operators

04-10-11

ERFA and the major challenges for private rail freight operators

Presentation by Secretary General to RETRACK Synthesis Workshop 2011 in Mechelen (B)

 

ERFA Position Paper on the 4th Railway Package

ERFA Position Paper on the 4th Railway Package

The rail reform, as proposed by the European Commission’s 4th Railway Package, is the right way forward for achieving a much-needed revitalisation of the rail sector in Europe. 

 


ERFA press release on ERTMS

ERFA press release on ERTMS

ERFA welcomes the European Court of Auditors’ ERTMS report, stating that ERTMS has not been properly planned, deployed and managed, and that the individual business case for the parties involved have not been considered.

The lack of a business case for today’s railway undertakings, who will face the costs, but very little of the benefits of ERTMS, should be addressed as a priority.

ERFA welcomes the key report recommendations for a thorough assessment of the costs, coordinated and legally binding dates for decommissioning national signalling systems and the improved targeting of EU funding for cross-border sections and locomotives involved in international traffic.