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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 / PUBLICATIONS2/10/2014

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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POSITIONS / PUBLICATIONS30/09/2014

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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POSITIONS / PUBLICATIONS11/09/2014

"Cooperation agreements" perpetuate monopolies

ERFA expresses concern at "cooperation agreements", currently being discussed in Council, which could lead to severe market distortions and provides input from the UK, where such agreements are already in use.

 

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POSITIONS / PUBLICATIONS3/09/2014

Private investments into rail – what framework conditions? Input paper

ERFA has produced a new document intended to feed into the discussions on the political pillar of the 4th Railway Package.
The input paper exposes the discriminatory practices faced by new entrants across Europe.

 

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PRESS3/09/2014

Rail regulatory conditions strangle new entrants

ERFA today organised an event in the European Parliament, hosted by the new Chair of the Transport Committee, Michael Cramer MEP. ERFA members outlined to MEPs the added value of new entrants on the rail market. ERFA asked for changes to the regulatory environment, which currently hinders and even pushes off  new entrants on the rail market.

 

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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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10/04/2014

ERFA ANNUAL EVENT & GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING – PHOTO GALLERY

Photos of the Board meeting, the walking lunch, the General Assembly Meeting, the Welcome and Speech of VP Kallas, the Seminar-debate, the cocktail reception and the Gala Dinner

 

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6/03/2014

INVITATION to the ERFA General Assembly Meeting (GAM) and to 12th annual event on next 1st April with Vice-President Siim Kallas and MEP Brian Simpson, Chairman of the TRAN Committee on the theme “The core network needs the 4th Railway Package, enough tal

ERFA is inviting you to its 12th ANNUAL EVENT, taking place on Tuesday, 1th April 2014 from 4.00 to 10.00 pm at the hotel “Le Méridien” in Brussels (in front of the Central Station and with parking facility nearby).

 

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3/09/2014

Rail regulatory conditions strangle new entrants

ERFA today organised an event in the European Parliament, hosted by the new Chair of the Transport Committee, Michael Cramer MEP. ERFA members outlined to MEPs the added value of new entrants on the rail market. ERFA asked for changes to the regulatory environment, which currently hinders and even pushes off  new entrants on the rail market.

 

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19/08/2014

Change at ERFA board

 

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21/07/2014

Why greater separation is needed

ERFA clarifies why greater separation between those running the tracks and those running the trains in Europe is badly needed.

 

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18/07/2014

The 4th Railway Package establishes fair market conditions.

New entrant rail operators, represented by ERFA, are worried about the remonopolisation tendency in the railway market. The 4thRailway Package, proposed by the European Commission, intends to establish a level playing-field.

 

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26/06/2014

ERFA urges the EU Member States to deliver on the political pillar of the 4th Railway Package.

EU Member States in the driving seat for the creation of a European railway market boosting jobs and growth

 

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ALL PRESS

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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.

 

READ MORE

pdf  

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.

 

READ MORE

pdf  

11/09/2014

"Cooperation agreements" perpetuate monopolies

ERFA expresses concern at "cooperation agreements", currently being discussed in Council, which could lead to severe market distortions and provides input from the UK, where such agreements are already in use.

 

READ MORE

pdf  

3/09/2014

Private investments into rail – what framework conditions? Input paper

ERFA has produced a new document intended to feed into the discussions on the political pillar of the 4th Railway Package.
The input paper exposes the discriminatory practices faced by new entrants across Europe.

 

DOWNLOAD

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27/08/2014

ERFA latest position paper on the 4th Railway Package – developments under the Italian Presidency

ERFA seeks to steer discussions towards a regulatory framework that promotes rail growth and away from discriminatory practices that hinder newcomers to the rail market.

 

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