Governance and Policies

The Iberian Railway Alliance urges the governments of Spain and Portugal to bet on rail

The Iberian Railway Alliance urges the governments of Spain and Portugal to bet on rail Thursday, 7 July 2022 The Iberian Alliance for the Railway —Alianza Ibérica por el Ferrrocarril, in Spanish— was presented last Monday 4th July in Barcelona.It is a platform founded by 15 social and environmental organisations, and trade unions from Spain …

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Travel and rail industry partner with civil society calling on policy makers to shift to rail

Travel and rail industry partner with civil society calling on policy makers to shift to rail June 29th 2022 European actors of the rail and travel sector, rail industry, civil society, passengers associations call on European Institutions and Member states to take bold actions now to achieve a climate-friendly transport system by 2030. Their call …

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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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