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To the European Council of transport: For a safe railway system in Europe, we need urgently an empowered ERA!

To the European Council of transport: For a safe railway system in Europe, we need urgently an empowered ERA!

13-09-13

Under the 4th railway package and the revision of the safety directive, the issuance of the unique safety certificate by the European Railway Agency (ERA) for railway undertakings is contested by several Member States. This could constitute a blocking minority! The work carried out in the European Council of Ministers of Transport on governance of railway safety is at risk! …… It would therefore be unacceptable and irresponsible to keep the ERA out of these missions and keep them confined to a network of NSAs with a “Lead NSA”, thereby reinforcing nationalistic tendencies to the detriment of a united and harmonised European railway system!