Events

Events

ERFA General Assembly Meeting
  • 12
  • Mar
  • 2017

ERFA General Assembly Meeting

The ERFA General Assembly Meeting took place on the 7th March in Brussels. This event was an opportunity to discuss political and technical issues with ERFA members and to collect their inputs and concerns. As a market orientated driver, ERFA relies on the contribution of its members to define its strategy and priorities. On the same day, Lindsay Durham (Freightliner Group) has been elected ERFA President. Markus Vaerst (Cargo Rail Europe) has been appointed as ERFA Vice-President.

ERFA Annual Event 2017
  • 12
  • Mar
  • 2017

ERFA Annual Event 2017

ERFA held its Annual event on the 7th March in Brussels, with Gert-Jan Koopman, EU Commission’s Deputy Director General for State Aid at DG Competition. The event was dedicated to the actions needed to deliver further market opening in Europe. Rail newcomers are often frustrated in their efforts to set up new routes and offer new types of services.

Workshop on 'Rail Freight Digitalisation'  Business Case : Road-Rail Combined Transport
  • 14
  • Dec
  • 2016

Workshop on 'Rail Freight Digitalisation' Business Case : Road-Rail Combined Transport

On December 14th 2016 ERFA together with UIRR (Combined Transport Association) welcomed nearly 40 participants to the Workshop on "Rail Freight Digitalization". 8 speakers provided valuable "food for thought" regarding different digital solutions, covering all aspects of rail freight transportation including interfaces to infrastructure managers, terminals and the customers.

Paying the freight: Europe's transportation challenges
  • 04
  • Nov
  • 2016

Paying the freight: Europe's transportation challenges

Markus Vaerst, on the behalf of ERFA, participates to the 2016 European Paper Recycling Conference in Rotterdam. He gave a presentation on the state of play of rail freight in Europe and how to improve its attractiveness for customers.  

ERFA commits to ERTMS Deployment
  • 21
  • Sep
  • 2016

ERFA commits to ERTMS Deployment

ERFA co-signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the deployment of ERTMS with other stakeholders and Violeta Bulc, European Commissionner for Transport, at Innotrans on the 21st September. 

The General Contract of Use for Wagons is celebrating 10 years of success
  • 23
  • Jun
  • 2016

The General Contract of Use for Wagons is celebrating 10 years of success

In 2006, following the liberalisation of the rail freight market, ERFA, UIP and UIC created the General Contract of Use for Wagons. It is a multilateral single contract between those operating wagons and those owning wagons. It specifyies the mutual rights and obligations in order to allow cross-border activities. A very good example of simple, but effective solutions, which the rail sector is able to develop when it cooperates. In other words, a success.      

Railway Sector Declaration on Boosting International Rail Freight
  • 21
  • Jun
  • 2016

Railway Sector Declaration on Boosting International Rail Freight

The rail sector and its customers presented a declaration at the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam, committing themselves to the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of the Rail Freight Corridors for the benefit of all customers, and to improving the quality, reliability and efficiency of transporting goods by rail across Europe. 

More EU budget for Transport
  • 13
  • Jun
  • 2016

More EU budget for Transport

The Transport sector is mobilised to urge European institutions to dedicate more EU funds to transport in order to complete the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T). More EU Budget for Transport is the Best Investment Plan for Europe.

2nd Plenary Meeting of the Dialogue for Railway Undertakings
  • 18
  • Apr
  • 2016

2nd Plenary Meeting of the Dialogue for Railway Undertakings

The RU Dialogue offers a forum for regular and open dialogue between Railway undertakings (RUs), associations representing RUs, the European Commission and the European Railway Agency (ERA) on subjects of interest to the railway undertakings. When? 10th of May 2016, 09:15 - 17:00 Where? Brussels

2016 Annual Event
  • 18
  • Mar
  • 2016

2016 Annual Event

ERFA held its Annual event in Brussels on 15th March, with EU Transport Head, Mr Henrik Hololei headlining the evening event. Goods, unlike people, don?t vote. The needs of rail freight are often neglected. While the rights of passengers have driven discussions on improving passenger services, how can we raise the game for rail freight and ensure it plays a key role in a sustainable transport system?

Workshop on Track Access Charges
  • 15
  • Mar
  • 2016

Workshop on Track Access Charges

At the ERFA workshop lowering user charges and incentivising higher performance for rail were the two main themes discussed together with rail regulators and the European Commission. New EU rules provide greater transparency, cost-efficiency and consistency in the charges rail has to pay, but in some Member States there is poor enforcement.

ERFA Vice President speaks at EU Track Access Charges event
  • 13
  • Jan
  • 2016

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.