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



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More EU budget for transport!

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ERFA's presentation at the first annual IRG-Rail Forum

At the first annual IRG Rail Forum ERFA gave an overview of the Rail

Freight Corridors from a freight RUs perspective.

The concerns of RUs were presented, highlighting the lack of joint agreement on performance indicators among IMs; the limited coordination on infrastructure works and investments and the lack of provision of appropriate alternatives during TCRs.

The EU legislation establishing the rail freight corridors is too weak on performance objectives and the voluntary initiatives undertaken are not legally binding, limiting the progress of the corridors.

Market oriented KPIs and data would improve the efficiency of the Corridors, potentially attracting more customers and so becoming more attractive to investments. 

Last but not least we need much more coordination and cooperation among IMs. Contingency plans, coordination of works along the lines, alternative routes in case of disruption. We need to be prepared in emergency situations..and to learn lessons from RASTATT!

Rail customers are losing patience….all the efforts made in the past could be for nothing if the RFCs do not make significant progress in performance.



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