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ERFA - European Rail Freight Association

ERFA represents new entrants, i.e. all those operators who want open access and fair market conditions, and sustains their role of pushing forward the development of the railway market.

The members of ERFA  represent the entire value chain of rail transportation: rail freight operators, wagon keepers, service providers, forwarders, passenger operators and national rail freight associations.

ERFA works towards a competitive and innovative single European railway market by promoting attractive, fair and transparent market conditions for all railway companies.


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POSITIONS / PUBLICATIONS30/06/2015

Open Letter on 4th RP Market Pillar

 

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POSITIONS / PUBLICATIONS16/06/2015

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.

 

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POSITIONS / PUBLICATIONS27/05/2015

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.

 

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POSITIONS / PUBLICATIONS27/05/2015

ERFA supports a competitive rail sector that plays by the rules - for rail companies and employees

ERFA supports open markets that can promote sustainability and be an opportunity for customers, employees and society. The 4th Railway Package aims at enhancing the railway system in the interest of society and the environment.

 

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POSITIONS / PUBLICATIONS20/05/2015

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.

 

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31/03/2015

Pictures of the ERFA Annual Event - 24th March 2015

ERFA held its Annual event in Brussels on 24th March, with EU Transport Commissioner Bulc headlining the evening event.

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25/03/2015

ERFA Annual Event - 24th March

ERFA held its Annual event in Brussels on 24th March, with EU Transport Commissioner Bulc headlining the evening event.

How to achieve growth, investment and innovation on the rail market was the theme of the day.

 

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20/11/2014

ERFA takes part in rail sector event to welcome the new ERA Director

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.

 

 

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4/09/2014

ERFA organises MEP seminar in the European Parliament

 On 3rd September ERFA hosted an MEP Briefing seminar with the Chair of the European Parliament's Transport Committee, Michael Cramer MEP.

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7/05/2014

ERFA participates to the round table discussion on “the Single EU Railway Area”

highlighting the EU Railway Conference organized by the Commission and the Agency (ERA) in Lille (France)

 

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26/03/2015

ERFA Annual Event - ERFA grows stronger and urges acceleration towards market-orientation

At its Annual Event held in Brussels on 24th March the association of newcomers on the rail market discussed how to attract investment, growth and innovation in the European rail sector.

 

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26/02/2015

Noise reduction must not jeopardise competitiveness of rail

ERFA supports efforts to reduce rail noise, but not at the expense of jeopardising the competitiveness of the rail sector.

 

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20/02/2015

ERFA,CLECAT and ESC support more cooperation and customer-orientation on the railways

The independent rail operators, represented by ERFA and the rail freight customers, represented by CLECAT and ESC urge EU decision-makers to give their strong support to more cooperation and customer-orientation on the railways.

 

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11/02/2015

Court rulings are not the right answer!

ERFA draws attention to two recent court wins by independent operators, which underline the vested interest that continues to block new services and growth on the railways.

 

 

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14/01/2015

ERFA urges more compliance with EU legislation in the rail sector

Failure to implement EU rail legislation undermines the Single European Railway Area, jeopardising safety, competitiveness and growth of the rail sector. 

 

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ALL PRESS

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30/06/2015

Open Letter on 4th RP Market Pillar

 

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16/06/2015

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.

 

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27/05/2015

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.

 

READ MORE

pdf  

27/05/2015

ERFA supports a competitive rail sector that plays by the rules - for rail companies and employees

ERFA supports open markets that can promote sustainability and be an opportunity for customers, employees and society. The 4th Railway Package aims at enhancing the railway system in the interest of society and the environment.

 

READ MORE

pdf  

20/05/2015

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.

 

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Rail competition barometer

  • Where is the Single European rail market?

    14/04/2015 In his reference to siamese twin monopolies, Tony Berkeley, RFG Chair, criticises DB and SNCF for creating "smoke-screen"competition within their own holding companies, while obstructing any real competition in their home countries

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  • Wasted airmiles as Transport Ministers block growth in eco-friendly rail

    13/03/2015 Westbahn criticises the EU Transport Ministers who continue to block progress on the railway market and urges a much-needed European,rather than national approach, to rail.

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  • The truth about jobs in the European rail industry

    07/03/2015 In reference to a study commissioned by UTP, SNCF and ARAF, Tony Berkeley warns against following the SNCF employment model which makes rail uncompetitive compared with road and aviation.

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  • Antimonopoly Authority announces closer look into rail sector

    03/02/2015 The antimonopoly commission in Slovakia has announced that it will focus on identifying market barriers in the rail passenger market and recommend measures for their elimination.

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  • French Competition Authority also expresses concern on rail reform

    Not enough importance given by the rail reform to neutral and transparent access to the rail infrastructure, concludes the French Competition Authority.

    French Competition Authority also expresses concern on rail reform

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  • Turning national monopolies into a pan-European market is hard!

    10/01/2015 According to The Economist " Lack of competition among rail operators is another reason why high speed rail is failing to win passengers... The EU is finding it hard to transform national rail monopolies into a pan-European market...."

    Turning national monopolies into a pan-European market is hard!

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  • La fin du train? asks Le Monde

    06/01/15 La fin du train – "Trop cher et grevé de dettes, le système ferroviaire français est à bout de souffle."

    La fin du train? asks Le Monde

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  • Major passenger transport associations oppose splitting the 4th Railway Package

    08/01/15 UITP, EPTO and EMTA defend a package approach whereby both pillars are taken forward jointly

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  • Worrying developments on the French rail reform - towards even more monopolisation?

    19/12/14 As quoted by the French newspaper Le Monde, the new developments are a crude manipulation and distort the spirit of the law voted this summer. "La manipulation est grossière et dénature l'esprit meme de la loi votée cet été"

    Worrying developments on the French rail reform - towards even more monopolisation?

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  • Interesting findings from new rail freight study

    12/12/14 "One way or another the stakeholders in the railway sector will have to let go of the natural monopoly, because only through the arrival of new competitors will the impasse of old habits gradually be broken"

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  • ARAF concerns on French reform

    8/12/14 French Regulator raises concerns over cross-subsidisation, lack of financial transparency, risk of exchange of sensitive and strategic information under the new SNCF EPIC structure

    ARAF concerns on French reform

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  • Industry support for keeping 4th Railway Package together

    02/12/14 The European Freight and Logistics Forum, whose membership includes Mars, Procter & Gamble, Cargill, Volvo as well as ports, logistics service providers and more, voice their support for a level playing field in the rail sector.

    Industry support for keeping 4th Railway Package together

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  • New Entrants win prestigious Swiss rail award

    2/12/14 ERFA points to the success of BLS cargo, in partnership with ERFA member ERS Railways, in delivering innovation and efficiency in cross border rail services

    New Entrants win prestigious Swiss rail award

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  • Nobel Prize Winner - a strong critic of French Rail refom and lack of real competition on the French rail market

    Jean Tirole, who has received the Noble prize for Economic Sciences, explains on Swedish TV that problems linked to poor conditions and maintennce on French rail network cannot be attributed to deregulation, as France has not yet deregulated.

    Nobel Prize Winner - a strong critic of French Rail refom and lack of real competition on the French rail market

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