Governance and Policies

The European Railway Summit: living up to citizens’ expectations?

March 7th 2022 On Monday 21st of February, European actors of the rail sector came together at the European Railway summit to discuss how rail can be the driver for greener and more innovative transport.  In the plenary session “How to finance tomorrow’s rail system?” Anne Bringault from RAC France shared Europe on Rail’s thoughts regarding the urgent need to …

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Our reaction to the Commission’s “Action Plan to boost long distance and cross-border passenger rail”

December 17th 2021 On Tuesday 14th of December, the European Commission published its Action plan to boost long distance and cross-border passenger rail. While making a positive step towards recognizing the shortcomings of the status quo, it should be strengthened to effectively contribute to the Green Deal objectives and the European Sustainable and Smart Mobility …

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The French EU Presidency, an opportunity for European rail that should not be missed

December 9th 2021 While the European Year of Rail (EYR) will end in a few weeks and the European Commission plans to present in the coming days its action plan for long distance rail connections, several barriers still need to be removed in order to truly move forward on the development of new European day …

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“Derailed” : Investigate Europe uncovers the hidden barriers to European rail

Image: IE – Alexia Barakou November 23rd 2021 A new investigation on the failures of European rail has just been made public by Investigate Europe, a consortium of European journalists who report across borders. In the first articles of a series of releases Investigate Europe is highlighting the main issues for the development of rail …

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European public opinion poll shows support for shifting flights to rail

March 26th 2021 Many people in Europe are willing to shift from air to rail – even for international travel and often even if they have to accept significantly longer travel times. This is shown by a new representative survey conducted by the opinion research institute YouGov in Germany, Poland, France, Spain and the Netherlands. …

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Open letter calling to step up meaningful action and engagement on the EU Year of Rail

September 9th 2021 EU Year of Rail is coming to an end, and further action is needed from the Commission for it to have a long-lasting positive impact. Multiple organisations and networks, among them Europe On Rail, lead by Generation Climate Europe have co-signed an open letter addressed to Executive Vice President Timmermans asking him …

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#RailRenaissance – How can the EU Recovery and Resilience Funds contribute to the renaissance of European passenger rail transport?

The European Union has raised €672.5 billion in loans and grants to be distributed to Member States with the objective to incentivise reforms and investments which contribute to build a new post-pandemic economy and society. As expressed by the European Commission (EC) itself, the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RFF) aims to mitigate the economic and …

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Strengthening passengers rail is essential for the decarbonisation of transport in Spain

Greater use of the existing network, an improvement of national and cross-border infrastructures and adapted taxation are fundamental pillars to boost the train as the main means of transport for passengers in Spain and Europe. 10 February 2021.– The eco-union association and ECODES foundation, as Spanish partners of the Europe on Rail initiative, published today the report “Present and Future of Passenger Rail Transport in Spain” (available in Spanish only) with the aim of promoting policies and measures to strengthen national and international rail transport in Spain in the framework of the European Year of Rail. This …

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Open letter to EU Transport Ministers ahead of the Transport Council of June 3rd 2021

Ahead of the European Commission’s Transport Council on 3 June 2021, 36 environmental organisations, including eco-union, have signed an open letter addressed to all European Ministers. The environmental organisations are calling for a strong policy proposal to shift international passenger trips to rail delivering on the European Year of Rail 2021. Scroll down to read …

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