1/12/2022 - Press Release - Ambition of European Commission on TEN-T must be maintained by EU Council
On 01 December, ERFA, along with other European railway associations, issued a joint statement on the need for the EU Council to adopt an agreement on a joint approach regarding the TEN-T Regulation which is in line with the ambitions laid out by the European Commission?s proposal. For rail freight to be able to achieve the targets agreed upon in the European Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, it is important that infrastructure is developed in a timely manner and which will facilitate increased rail freight volumes.
For rail freight to be able to meet the objectives set out in the European Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, it is essential that railway capacity management moves towards a system that is European, digital, flexible and secure. Rail freight undertakings must be able to book capacity which is in line with their business models and allows for flexibility to meet customer needs. Along with FTE (Forum Train Europe) and ALLRAIL, ERFA has agreed a common vision on how this can be achieved.
20/10/2022 - Joint Statement - Short-term Measures Needed to Protect European Supply Chains from Unsustainable Energy Price Increases
The functioning of European supply chains is being put at risk by increasing energy prices. There is a significant risk of a collapse of supply chains which rely heavily on rail freight for transportation due to unsustainable energy and transportation costs. The informal meeting of the Council of European Transport Ministers of 20-21 October should agree that Regulation (EU) 2022/1854 on an emergency intervention to address high energy prices will be applied to traction electricity used by freight trains.
30/9/2022 - Press Release - Revision of Train Drivers Directive Needed to Reflect Reality of Rail Freight Operations
The revision of the Train Drivers Directive will play an important role in ensuring rail freight can achieve its modal shift objectives. With the closing of the public consultation on the revision of the Directive, it is important that the European Commission adopts an approach which ensures the train driver certification process ensures a high level of safety of operations whilst also introducing greater flexibility and ensuring that language requirements do not become a bottleneck to the good functioning of the European rail freight market.