Position papers

GRB-SFR Sector Vision for the Future of Reference Standards

The Group of Representative Bodies (GRB) and the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Sector Forum Rail (SFR) published a position paper to set out the railway sector’s vision for how referenced standards within the Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs) should be managed in the future. 

 

The proposal described in this paper aims to solve challenges faced in the sector today when applying TSIs and European standards during the conformity assessment process. The aim of the proposal is to introduce a process which allows the sector to benefit from regulatory stability while at the same time being able to apply the state-of-the-art standards.
The GRB and SFR asks the European Commission (EC) and the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) to consider this position paper and to reflect on how the future regulatory framework for the railways can be adapted to work better for the sector and for society.

Joint position paper on the revision of the CT directive

Views of the Transport Sector on the revision of the Combined Transport Directive


Ahead of the European Commission High-level Conference on European Multimodal Freight Transport in Sofia on 20th March, UIP, along with 11 road and waterborne associations under the IAM Alliance, co-signed a position paper on the proposed revision of the Combined Transport Directive. For UIP, the new proposal of the CT Directive must pave the way for efficient intermodal and multimodal freight services offering level playing field for all modes of transport and promoting better the mode alternatives to suppliers, users and customers. You will find hereunder some of our proposals which we used to launch the Sector discussions and which we already sharedwith the Bulgarian Presidency and MEPs in Brussels.

We are greatly concerned that the new proposal does not guarantee more and new traffic between road and other modes of transport. Instead, it shows a positive discrimination of combined container transport, and creates additional administrative burden which will create extra costs for the Member States and the transport Sector.







 

Joint position paper on the future EU financial framework

Views of the Rail Sector on the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework


In the context of the budgetary discussions for the post-2020 period, UIP and other European associations representing the rail sector – would like to explain in this joint paper why it is important for the European Union to continue investing in rail projects, particularly considering the benefits of rail transport for the economy and the whole society. Besides illustrating the European added value of rail projects, the paper also highlights the considerable financial resources still required to complete the TEN-T rail network, modernise and digitalise rail infrastructure and rolling stock in Europe for the benefit of Europe’s citizens.