We develop cooperation with other associations.
ERFA works closely with other European associations linked to the rail sector on policy, technical and financial issues. These include CER, CLECAT, EIM, ESC, UIP, UIRR and UNIFE.
We will develop collaboration particularly with those who see the benefit of market liberalisation. This closer cooperation can take the form of joint letters, the exchange of information, joint meetings, the preparation of joint strategies etc.
|CER||The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) is the leading European railway association. It was founded in 1988 with twelve members and now brings together more than 70 rmembers - European railway undertakings, their national associations as well as infrastructure companies. The membership is made up of long-established bodies, new entrants and both public and private enterprises.|
|CLECAT||The European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Custom Services represents the interests of 22 national organisations of European freight related service providers, with more than 19.000 companies employing 1.000.000 staff in logistics, freight forwarding and customs services. CLECAT promotes the activity and defends the interests of its members in connection with a large number of institutional and non-institutional counterparts in the intent of securing a uniform and seamless environment, where cargo can move freely and securely for the benefit of the whole.|
|EIM||European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) was established in 2002 following the liberalisation of the EU railway market to promote the interests of independent rail infrastructure managers. EIM represents the independent infrastructure managers vis-à-vis to the relevant European institutions and sector stakeholders.|
|ESC||The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) represents the freight transport interests (import and export and intra-continental, by all modes of transport) of business in Europe, whether manufacturers, retailers or wholesalers. Members are drawn from national transport user organisations/shippers’ councils, a number of key European commodity trade associations and corporate members.|
|UIP||The International Union of Private Wagons encompasses 16 European associations from 16 European countries. The associations and the UIP represent owners, loaders, users and other parties interested in about 180.000 private rail freight wagons running in Europe.|
|UIRR||Founded in 1970, the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR) is the industry association of European road-rail Combined Transport Operators and Transhipment Terminal Managers. Road-Rail Combined Transport (CT) is a system of freight forwarding which is based on efficiently and economically inserting electric rail into long-distance (road) transport-chains through the use of intermodal loading units (ILU).|
|UNIFE||The Union of the European Railway Industries represents nearly 100 leading European companies responsible for the design, manufacture, maintenance and refurbishment of guided land transport systems, subsystems and related equipments.|
ERFA presents at the annual meeting of European rail regulators plenary on the needs of rail customers.
A competitive environment is key to fostering the right conditions to meet customer needs.
Healthy competition does not exist in most Member States. Dominant position of state incumbents undermines customer choice, quality, cost and innovation of services.
Infrastructure managers have limited incentives to create the right conditions to ensure competitive services, which in turn feeds bad quality and high prices.
Rail regulators should use their role in the market to foster a competitive environment, root out basic competition problems and support the end goal of modal shift.
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.