Studies and Reports

Joint Implementation guide for Keepers-ECM declaration

Guidelines for the Keeper's "ECM Declaration" - Implementation Guide written by UIC, ERFA and UIP

The purpose of this document is to promote Keeper’s ECM Declaration Guidelines.

It should be understood as a joint recommendation from the publishing Associations to their mem-bers and all other parties involved enabling them to follow the outlined provisions.

This document however, does not bear any legal responsibility and it does not replace the relevant information from the original sources, namely the respective national and international legal provi-sions in force.

This document is addressed to all

  • Freight Wagon Keepers domiciled in the European Union or OTIF States for wagons belonging to them and operated in or through EU Member States and/or OTIF States;
  • Railway Undertakings operating freight trains in or through EU Member States or OTIF States;
  • Entities in Charge of Maintenance of freight wagons

It must be clearly stated that all provisions made in this document shall be intermediate only. Accessible, operational and properly updated NVRs in all EU Member States and COTIF States are the target system (see for example Directive 2008/57/EC Article 33).

Challenge 2050 - The Rail Sector Vision

Rail is vital to thewell-being of Europe’s society and the strength of its economy. To maintain and develop this role in the future, the sector needs to meet enormous challenges. There is a need to protect the social, economic and environmental fabric. The railway community has developed Challenge 2050, a vision that identifies these challenges and makes a commitment to addressing them.

Challenge 2050 is the European rail sector’s shared perception of where the rail system could be by 2050. The document first gives a brief overview of the rail sector and then sets out the sector’s shared vision. It also identifies themany goals that are complementary to the vision and support a rail system that is responsive to the needs of Europe’s citizens.

The supporting paper describes many of the important drivers that were either the foundation or the catalyst for the changes necessary to arrive at our vision and goals for the rail system. Whilst the main Challenge 2050 document has been written as if the reader is in 2050 and looks back at the route taken, this paper builds from today and outlines some of the sector’s key drivers.

The paper follows an iterative process that demonstrates how we aligned the vision to the goals and then developed this vision to achieve successful delivery.

UIP report on Economic Impact of new rules and regulations

Final report of the UIP Working Group on “Economic Impact of New Rules and Regulations”


The UIP Management Committee decided in November 2010 to establish a Working  Group (WG) dealing with the economic impact of new rules and regulations on the rail freight sector, especially with regard to wagon related issues.

The WG objectives were to concentrate on the identification and the assessment of new rules and regulations on a European level as well as on national levels, if the latter likely to have an impact on the economics for wagons being operated (cross-border) in different countries throughout the EU- and OTIF-Member States.