Annual reports

UIP 64th Annual Report 2013

„Two things are necessary in our work: tireless endurance and the willingness to throw away something in which one has put a lot of time and efforts." - Albert Einstein


In 2013 the European Rail Agenda was marked by intense discussions around the publication of the 4th Railway Package in January. Ensuring that the strengthening of the role of ERA and the recast of the Safety and Interoperability Directives get the necessary attention during the legislative pro- cedure was one of UIP’s main activities. During the year, UIP called insistently on the European Institutions to support the development of a modern, flexible and efficient rail freight system.

UIP 63rd Annual Report 2012

«One should bear in mind that there is nothing more difficult to execute, nor more dubious of success, nor more dangerous to administer than to introduce a new order to things: for he who introduces it has all those who profit from the old order as his enemies, and he has only lukewarm allies in all those who might profit from the new » - Niccolo Machiavelli


Change is uncomfortable, and adapting to change is difficult and messy. But even if in rail transportation the reality of yesterday proves to be wrong today, and nobody really knows what the truth for tomorrow will be, 2012 will be remembered as a year of empowering UIP’s structure and individuals to respond to the new challenges in our industry.

UIP 62nd Management Report 2011

2011 was another challenging year for the UIP, its members and the whole rail freight sector. Market recovery after the crisis in the last decade slowed down, and competition with other modes of transport remained challenging. UIP took this into account in its activities during the year 2011. Among those activities, two new UIP working groups started their work in 2011: the working group “Economic Impact” investigated the cost impact resulting from the rules and regulations applied to rail freight cars during the last few years. The work resulted in a comprehensive report which was published in November 2011 and  which received a broad attention aiming to intensify the existing dialogue between the sector and the authorities and politicians at international and national levels; the GCU working group internally prepared the UIP proposals for a number of amendments / modifications to the GCU and reorganized the “GCU Forum”, thus becoming an effective mirror group for the GCU Joint Committee and its attached working groups.