Joint letter from the European rail sector on concrete measures to face the COVID‐19 pandemic and its economic consequences

Joint Letter from the European Rail Sector

We, the representatives of European railways, combined transport and wagon load operators, wagon keepers, workshops and mobile services associations, on behalf of our members and of the European rail and intermodal sectors would like to thank all public authorities at all levels – European,  national  and  local – for  their  efforts  to  ensure  a  coordinated  and  quick  European  response to the health and economic crises triggered by the COVID‐19 pandemic.

We, UIP, together with CER, ERFA, UIRR & All Rail, underline the following measures:

  • Recognise railway as a strategic asset in keeping freight moving
  • Use the new State aid Temporary Framework correctly and widely to ensure the fair and adequate support for all railway actors
  • Guarantee short‐term liquidity, in particular to keep these businesses alive and secure jobs
  • Exempt rail staff as strategic workforce from national rules such as travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine
  • Keep rail service, including maintenance activities, up and running

Joint Letter to the European Commission and the European Union Agency for Railways on Route Compatibility

Joint Letter from the Group of Representative Bodies

The vehicle authorisation topic has been discussed intensively between the European Commission, the European Union Agency for Railways, the national safety authorities and the sector representatives and satisfying results have been achieved.

Before a Railway Undertaking can use a vehicle in the ‘area of use’, specified in its authorisation for placing on the market, it shall carry out “checks” according to Article 23 of the Interoperability Directive.

These “checks” have been subject of various discussions among the sector stakeholders and in the respective ERA working parties. The topic is indeed complex and requires clarification and an approach that ensures the sound implementation of the 4th Railway Package’s Technical Pillar.

The Group of Representative Bodies (GRB) believes that the current description of the Route Compatibility assessment is not mature enough to be implemented and that various issues still need to be resolved. We believe that further discussions between the EC, the Agency and the sector stakeholders are needed in order to clarify the “checks” mentioned in Article 23 of the Interoperability Directive considering also the Article 21 of the Interoperability Directive and to develop a big picture which takes into account various subsystems, roles & responsibilities and the operational aspects is necessary.

The Group of Representative Bodies (GRB) intends to provide a position paper soon to hopefully agree on an approach supported by the sector stakeholders. The intention of the 4th Railway Package’s Technical Pillar is to facilitate the overall authorisation processes for vehicles and ensure a quick time to market/ operations. We need to avoid the “use of vehicles” becoming a stumbling block.


Joint letters to the European Commission and the European Union Agency for Railways on the implementation of the 4th Railwa Package

Joint Letters from several organisations of the Group of Representative bodies

UIP and other representative bodies are suggesting several changes in preparation to the forthcoming meeting of the Expert Group on the implementation of the 4th Railway Package’s Technical Pillar.

Acknowledging the huge efforts made for drafting and continuously amending the draft Implementing Acts (IA) on vehicle authorisation and fees and charges, some crucial and important issues remain to be solved. The Sector would like to propose amendments and call the European Commission and the Agency to reconsider the timetable for TSI LOC&PAS and TSI WAG revisions 2018-2020as to avoid the publications of 3 different TSI versions within 3 years.