RFC Sector Statement: progress report on boosting rail freight

In 2016 Ministers of Transport signed the so-called ‘Rotterdam Declaration’ and expressed their strong support for international rail freight transport and a market-oriented development of the Rail Freight Corridors. At the same time the railway sector adopted a sector statement with commitment to “boost international rail freight”

Following the Rotterdam Declaration and the Sector Statement, the sector identified 10 priorities, which were presented during the Rail Freight Day in Rotterdam in December 2016. Sector organisations decided to work together on the priorities in an integrated way and set up the Sector Statement Group by July 2017 and indicated 10 rapporteurs for the identified priorities. As agreed in 2016, a Comprehensive Progress Report has been prepared for the Rail Freight Days 2018 to set forth the findings, detailing progress on the sector priorities based on information received from the sector priority rapporteurs. It also makes an assessment of where specific attention (topics, priorities, actions) may be focused on in the next two years at sector / EU level.

This comprehensive progress report is accompanied by a non-technical paper 'Outlook on the Sector Statement'. You will find both documents to download below.

With this progress report the whole rail freight sector demonstrates that changes are possible and that we share the view that the Graz Declaration can mark the beginning of a new era, reiterating the importance of keeping rail freight at the heart of national and EU policies for a decarbonized and clean transportation of the future. The rail sector stands ready to intensify its collaborative efforts in acting as a backbone of a sustainable mobility in Europe.