ERFA Annual Event 2017


Successive rounds of EU rail reform have continued to leave scope for former rail monopolies to stifle competition and innovation. Rail newcomers are often frustrated in their efforts to set up new routes and offer new types of services. It is not only customers that are losing out, but society as a whole, with rail failing to increase its modal share and fulfil its central role in cutting CO2 emissions and reducing congestion. What action can be taken to overcome the limitations of rail market opening legislation, boost competition and deliver the lower costs, higher quality and innovation customers expect?

DATE: Tuesday 7th March 2017

VENUE: Hotel Le Plaza, Bld Adolphe Max 118-126, Brussels



ERFA Seminar: “Rail market opening: unfinished business. What next?”

16.00 -17.30

What future for investments in rail?

Dominique Riquet, MEP, Vice-Chair of the Transport & Tourism committee in the European Parliament, President of Long Term Investment Intergroup

Open data - today’s limits on availability and accessibility of rail data

Tomi Lapinlampi, Chief expert on open data policy, Finnish Transport Agency

Erich Forster, CEO Westbahn

How can access to facilities be improved to support a more competitive rail sector?

 Duncan Clark, Head of Strategic Development GB Railfreight

Time for a crackdown on anti-competitive behaviour in the rail sector?

 Gert-Jan Koopman, Deputy Director General – DG Competition, State Aid


Welcome cocktail

17.30 -18.30

 ERFA dinner

Sian Prout, Head of Unit, DG MOVE, "Single European Rail Area"

ERFA President

18.30 – 21.00



Latest News


ERFA Strategy Day 2017

On the occasion of the ERFA Strategy Day Workshop, an internal meeting of private rail freight companies in Europe, the unfriendly business environment for rail freight and the weak state of the industry were heavily discussed.

The presentation of Joakim Landholm, CEO of Hector Rail, highlighted concerns related to the dominance of incumbents, in terms of distorting prices and limiting the customer-orientation as well as the lack of crucial and complete data in the sector. Geert Pauwels, CEO of Lineas stressed the failure of rail to make any significant gains from modal shift until now and the importance of a shift towards rail freight as crucial and urgent for sustainable logistics in Europe.

During the day the key role of national governments and infrastructure managers in supporting rail’s competitiveness  was underlined. The German Master Plan should be developed as best practice in other European countries with a focus on international services.

The European Commission was also present at the meeting to outline on how they could support the reduction of the access charges in the rail sector and to present the Eurovignette directive as an instrument to level the playing field between rail and road. 



Adoption of the new European Union rule to improve rail infrastructure works

The European Rail Freight Association strongly welcomes the adoption of new EU rules to improve the coordination of infrastructure works.

It is a positive step forward for rail’s competitiveness.

Improved rail performance is essential to make rail more customer-friendly and to encourage a shift of goods from road to rail.

ERFA urges infrastructure managers to ensure the success of the new framework for organising infrastructure works!



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