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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.

UIP guidelines on CEF calls for telematics

These UIP Guidelines should facilitate the submission of project proposals for EU funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The guidelines have been prepared in a Q&A Format to guide members and individual Keepers through the application process. It focuses on project proposals for telematics under the CEF priority (Rail interoperability).

With this CEF call, the European Commission wants to support activities towards the introduction of predictive and condition-based maintenance. This means in particular that projects aiming at capturing data by installing sensors and telematic devices on freight wagons to track and trace, detect collisions, identify wear and tear and monitor the proper functioning or the condition of rolling stock can be proposed for funding.

Projects for Rail Interoperability & telematics are funded under the TEN-T Multi-Annual Call and should be best submitted as studies that include some deployment activities (e.g. include some testing of sensors/telematic devices in pilot projects) on the Trans European transport network. CEF funding offers 50% reimbursement of the eligible costs for such studies.
The evaluation and selection process for project proposals is managed by INEA, the Commission’s Executive Agency for Innovation and Networks, which is also responsible for awarding the funds and monitoring the realisation of the approved projects under their relevant programmes.

 

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.