Sector Statement Group welcomes Berlin Declaration and presents its progress report

Sector Statement Group welcomes Berlin Declaration and presents its progress report

The   Sector   Statement   Group   (SSG)   welcomestoday’s  publication  ofthe Ministerial  “Rail  Freight  Corridors:  The  Future  of  Rail  Freight  in  Europe” Declaration (Berlin Declaration). The Berlin Declaration showcases the necessary clear commitment of theEUMember States to support international rail freight and rightly recognises the environmental advantage of rail freight in view of the European Green Deal. We notably welcome the clear commitment of the Member States to agree on a  migration strategy  for Digital  Automatic Coupling and the recognition of the importance of further digitalisation of infrastructure networks, capacity management and allocation.


Today, the SSG also wishes to present their “SSG Follow-up” to outline the developments, improvements and challenges of each identified priority action, accompanying the Berlin Declaration.  The  integrated  efforts  of  the  sector set  in  motion  a  process  of  tangible improvement for European rail freight transport. There has been good progress in the SSG  Priorities  during  the  past  years,  but  there  is  still  room  for  improvement  and closer cooperation, also with Member States and the EU institutions. International rail freight  transport  is  the  future  of  the  European  Green  Deal  and  the  rail  sector  is committed  in enhancing  the  competitiveness  of  international  rail  freighttransport business, and improving the  quality,  reliability  and  efficiency  of transporting goods across Europe, in light of the 2021 European Year of Rail.


Please find the follow-up report of the Sector StatementGroup below.


About the Sector Statement Group


The Sector Statement  Group consists  of the  rail sector associations and their  members (representing the interests of the shippers, freight forwarders, rail freight operators (RUs), intermodal  operators,  intermodal  terminals,  infrastructure  managers  (IMs), allocation bodies, rail freight corridors (RFCs), rail equipment suppliers and Rail Freight Corridors. In 2016,  the  railway  sector  adopted  a  sector  statement  with  commitment  to  “boost international rail freight”.

Linked documents

20200921 ( 200921 SSG Follow-up_press release FINAL-1600760012.pdf )

20200921a ( 200921_SSG_Sector_Statement_Follow-up-1600760048.pdf )