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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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PRESS26/02/2015

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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PRESS20/02/2015

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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PRESS11/02/2015

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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PRESS14/01/2015

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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PRESS22/12/2014

Worrying developments on the French rail market - towards ever more monopolisation?

ERFA is concerned over recent developments on the French rail reform.

 

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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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2/05/2014

ERFA keeps the very best attention to the 4th Railway Package future!

... and visits permanent Representatives / transport attachés of several countries (SE, RO, NL, LU, ES, LV, DK, UK, ….)

 

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11/04/2014

ERFA ANNUAL EVENT & GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING

Vice-President and Commissioner Siim KALLAS : “European Rail Freight Association and its Members are an important force for revitalizing the European Rail Freight market and putting it back on the path to growth after decades of decline!”

 

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ALL NEWS / EVENTS

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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.

 

READ MORE

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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.

 

DOWNLOAD

pdf  

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.

 

 

READ MORE

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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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22/12/2014

Worrying developments on the French rail market - towards ever more monopolisation?

ERFA is concerned over recent developments on the French rail reform.

 

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ALL PRESS

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28/11/2014

Joint Open Letter -4th Railway Package

ERFA, together with CLECAT, European Passengers Federation, European Shippers Council, Mofair and UIRR, has published an open letter urging EU Transport Ministers to pursue much-needed changes to the rail sector via the political pillar of the 4th Railway Package.

 

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14/11/2014

ERFA Input Paper - the danger of cooperation agreements

ERFA warns of the dangers in allowing cooperation agreements, particularly within vertically integrated structures, currently being discussed under the governance pillar of the 4th Railway Package.

 

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17/10/2014

Joint Letter to the Romanian Government expressing concern over proposed line closures

Joint ERFA-UITP-EIA letter to the Romanian Government expressing strong concerns at proposed railway line closures in Romania

 

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2/10/2014

ERFA Open Letter calling for an end to the gridlock in the rail sector that jeopardises the future of rail in Europe

ERFA calls for the members of the EU Transport Council to modernise the present governance structure of the railways, removing the discrimination potential that incumbents have at their disposal and use against new entrants, diminshing the competitiveness of the rail sector.

 

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30/09/2014

ERFA supports strong reciprocity clause

ERFA supports the inclusion of a strong reciprocity clause in the PSO regulation to avoid competitive distortions on the rail market.

 

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ALL POSITIONS / PUBLICATIONS

Rail competition barometer

  • 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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