The International Union of Wagon Keepers (UIP) strongly supports the Commission’s plan to adopt a comprehensive strategy to meet the Green Deal target of a 90% reduction in transport-related greenhouse gas emission by 2050. This target can only be achieved by significantly increasing rail freight transport in Europe and by coming up with newer and more innovative measures than in the past. To do so, we recommend the following measures:
Higher priority must be given to rail freight in terms of capacity allocation
The COVID-crisis and the freeing up of capacity on the European railway network have shown that the quantity and quality of capacity which is offered to rail freight matters and can render rail freight more punctual and reliable, hence making it an attractive option to shippers. Therefore, higher priority must be given to rail freight on the whole network when it comes to the allocation of capacity. The revision of the Regulation (No) 913/2010 on Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) should aim to correct the current imbalance and simplify operations and procedures.
Financial incentives for shippers to facilitate the modal shift
Until the preconditions for more efficiency in rail freight are given, financial incentives should be given to shippers to facilitate the modal shift to rail as the greenest mode of transport. Here the right financing instruments should be created, and the revised European Commission State Aid guidelines should not obstruct such national subsidies.