Besides politics, ERFA’s objective is to support its members in case of problems affecting their individual business. The Association also intends to raise the members’ understanding of EU initiatives and ongoing activities by providing them direct access to EU ad hoc events, meetings but also regular working groups.
According to the Statutes, full members are companies directly and associations indirectly involved in rail freight operations (railway undertakings, shippers, infrastructure managers, ports, terminals, rolling stock providers) in EU, EFTA, and EU accession countries.
Associated members are associations, legal entities and persons having an indirect stake in rail freight operations but whose activities are of special importance for the accomplishment of the purposes of ERFA, such as companies from the rail passenger sector interested in fair competition.
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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.