Annual reports

UIP 69th Annual Report 2018

“All endeavour calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one characteristic we must possess if we are to face the future as finishers.” Henry David Toreau

Two topics were at the heart of almost all discussions in 2018: the implementation of the 4th Railway Package and of course digitalisation. Adapting to change is difficult and messy but even if the reality of yesterday proves to be wrong today, nobody really knows what the truth for tomorrow will be. 2018 will be remembered as a year of preparing the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) to cope with its new tasks and fostering common efforts for the development of standardised interfaces to open-up the railway system. 
 

UIP 67th Annual Report 2016

 "An optimist does not refuse the negative side of things, but refuses to dwell on them" - Alexander Lockart
 

During the past years, our common sense has been severely questioned. In 2016, the vagaries of political changes and the real and destructive effects of terror attacks across Europe reminded us about the perilous times we live in. But even if it’s becoming more and more difficult to predict the frequency or the occurrence of such events and the impact they may have on our lives and our businesses, we must strive for a delicate balance between liberties and enforced boundaries. We must turn risks into opportunities.

UIP 66th Annual Report 2015

"Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it” – Maya Angelou

In the past years, the whole Railway Sector has been undoubtedly very active in asking, arguing and putting the emphasis on what decision makers have to deliver for the success of rail freight policy. Today, it remains to be seen if we have been understood and if we were smart and specific enough in getting our messages out. Between 2013 and 2014, UIP  concentrated its efforts on producing and promoting constructive and fresh ideas to cope with the challenges of Noise, the 4th Railway Package and Digitalisation. With the formal adoption of the Technical Pillar of the 4th Railway Package and the submission of an EC Staff Working Document on Noise, we have seen progress on important policy topics and the focus will need to move now towards a coherent and coordinated implementation and deployment of the legislative texts by all Stakeholders.