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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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NEWS / EVENTS13-01-16

ERFA Vice President speaks at EU Track Access Charges event

ERFA Vice-President Frank Schuhholz described the impact of track access charges on rail's attractivenss to customers at an event co-sponsored by CER, ERFA and UIRR. Efficient transport pricing for the rail sector and for all modes of transport is needed in order to avoid price distortions that undermine the competitiveness of the sector.

 

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NEWS / EVENTS04-12-15

Rail Freight Day in Vienna

ERFA takes part in rail freight day event to discuss how to speed up implementation of rail freight corridors

 

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POSITIONS / PUBLICATIONS04-11-15

ERFA position on Governance Trilogue

ERFA proposes amendments based on the European Parliament and Council positions.

 

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PRESS26-10-15

Joint Open Letter ahead of Trilogues on 4th RP

An open letter co-signed by the representatives of the customers,passengers, independent rail operators, rail leasing companies and environmental campaigners urging ambitious reform of the rail sector.

 

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NEWS / EVENTS12-10-15

ERFA Strategy Day

ERFA organised a strategy workshop with members  to discuss key topics for the upcoming year: ERTMS, revision of the Rail freight corridors and access to rail facilities and their services.

 

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13-01-16

ERFA Vice President speaks at EU Track Access Charges event

ERFA Vice-President Frank Schuhholz described the impact of track access charges on rail's attractivenss to customers at an event co-sponsored by CER, ERFA and UIRR. Efficient transport pricing for the rail sector and for all modes of transport is needed in order to avoid price distortions that undermine the competitiveness of the sector.

 

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04-12-15

Rail Freight Day in Vienna

ERFA takes part in rail freight day event to discuss how to speed up implementation of rail freight corridors

 

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12-10-15

ERFA Strategy Day

ERFA organised a strategy workshop with members  to discuss key topics for the upcoming year: ERTMS, revision of the Rail freight corridors and access to rail facilities and their services.

 

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31-03-15

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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25-03-15

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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26-10-15

Joint Open Letter ahead of Trilogues on 4th RP

An open letter co-signed by the representatives of the customers,passengers, independent rail operators, rail leasing companies and environmental campaigners urging ambitious reform of the rail sector.

 

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29-09-15

Close financial transparency loopholes

Ahead of a decisive meeting on 30th September ERFA urges an end to loopholes in financial transparency. The loopholes that have recently emerged in discussions within Council create competitive distortions between EU Member States and within the rail sector. ERFA warns that they are contrary to the conditions needed for a competitive rail sector.

 

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15-09-15

Financial Transparency - an essential pre-condition for a rail system that generates growth and competitiveness

 ERFA raises concerns over the weakening of financial transparency provisions within the 4th Railway Package discussions.

 

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09-09-15

Competition improves quality of rail services

Ahead of the Transport Working Party on the opening of the domestic passenger market ERFA urges EU Member States to harness the benefits of competition in order to drive up the quality of rail services. Shielding rail services from any kind of competitive pressure does not help the sector generate growth or attract investment.

 

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09-07-15

Joint statement on Rail intermodal

Together with CER and UIRR, ERFA published a joint statement regarding rail intermodal in the US and highlighting the lessons that can be learnt for Europe.

 

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04-11-15

ERFA position on Governance Trilogue

ERFA proposes amendments based on the European Parliament and Council positions.

 

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21-09-15

ERFA ERTMS position paper

ERFA urges for an ERTMS implementation strategy that reduces costs and risks and ensures improved competitiveness of rail services from Day 1.

 

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03-09-15

ERFA Input Paper - Reforming rail

In reforming the management of railways priority must be given to making rail a more attractive transport mode both for customers and for investment in the sector. Ahead 8th September Council meeting ERFA opposes provisions that continue to allow anti-competitive behaviour, harming the quality of existing rail services as well as detering new investment into the rail sector.

 

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15-07-15

ERFA input paper on Governance discussions

Ahead of the Council Working Party meeting of 16th July ERFA urges for the creation of a one stop shop for all infrastructure-related issues and for assurances that the fragmentation of the Infrastructure functions will not lead to increased costs for the rail system.

 

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08-07-15

ERFA Input Paper on new Luxembourg Presidency compromise

Ahead of an important Council Working party meeting on 9th July ERFA raises concerns over new provisions that take rail away from growth-orientated reform.

 

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Rail competition barometer

  • Fair competition is essential for rail growth

    3/11/15 The German freight association NEE and passenger association Mofair highlight the benefits of competition for the development of the rail system, and the stagnation in the long distance passenger market, where there is effectively no competition.

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  • Finland - Failure of rail leads to business opportunity for road transport

    04/09/2015 Chair of the Finnish Rail Passenger Association regrets that the passenger market in Finland remains closed to competition, to the benefit of business opportunities for road transport companies

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  • France and Germany killing off competition in their home markets

    27/07/2015 Tony Berkeley, RFG Chair, criticses France and Germany for closing up their rail markets, while ignoring the advice of 2 new competition reports, one from the UK and one from Germany, that advocate the benefits of more competition above rail.

    France and Germany killing off competition in their home markets

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  • German Monopolies Commission calls for separation between track and train ownership

    22/07/2015 The Monopolies Commission is convinced that the only way to establish undistorted competition in the German railway sector is to completely separate the infrsatructure and transport units of the integrated company Deutsche Bahn AG

    German Monopolies Commission calls for separation between track and train ownership

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  • 4th Railway Package - keep it together and stand firm on monopoly demands

    07/07/2015 In a message to the Luxembourg Presidency, Tony Berkeley, RFG Chair, highlights concerns over practices on the French and German rail market and the end of alliancing in the UK. Protecting national monopolies is not the way forward for rail.

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  • 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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