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The SHIFT2RAIL initiative will analyse research and innovation solutions for a seamless railway transport

Nov 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, November 13, Products & Technologies, Recommended

“We hope to have a draft law from the European Commission on the Technological Initiative SHIFT2RAIL by the end of the year, the joint technological initiative which promotes the modal shift to railway, now, when the market share of railway transport is falling and has to recover”, declared Philippe Citroen, Director General UNIFE, during the […]



For a seamless and efficient development, Wider Black Sea Area has to approach all railway transport segments

Nov 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, Market Development, November 13, Recommended

The 8th edition of the Railway Days 2013-Wider Black Sea Area Railway Summit concluded with the drafting of a position paper elaborated by Club Feroviar (the summit organiser). The document was elaborated based on the debates concerning the challenges and opportunities that economic operators and WBSA investors are facing in developing the business segment in […]



Railway freight transport, a decade of changes and transformations

Oct 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, October 13, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

More than 10 years ago, ambitious objectives have been set for rail freight competitiveness by the European Commission’s 2001 Transport White Paper. Numerous policy measures have been introduced over the last decade in an attempt to realise this vision, and a new Transport White Paper was adopted in 2011, with more ambitious objectives for an […]



Global supply chains, regional logistic platforms: creating value using rail as backbone between Asian & EU ports and cities

Oct 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, October 13, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

Improving cooperation between the transport modes of the logistics chain, the need for investments in eliminating cross-border dead-ends and building missing links, the development of innovative solutions for rail freight transport, the elaboration of new legislative frameworks that would favour the rail transport competitiveness and the development of intermodal transport are criteria of the “essential […]



Integrated urban mobility plans support the use of alternative public transport

Sep 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, Policies & Strategies, Recommended, September 13

Urban mobility of the Romania of today is minimal and, if we compared it to that in other small or large cities in the European Union, is almost non-existent. We are not doing very well at urban, suburban mobility and national mobility is not an advantage either; moreover, we cannot yet talk about integrated urban […]



Fourth Railway Package: the technical pillar is important for the competitiveness of the European railway market

Sep 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, Lex, Recommended, September 13

The relatively poor performance of the rail in the past ten years reflects a low level of efficiency and quality of rail services compared to other transport modes. According to the latest available studies, this situation can be attributed to the presence of several obstacles which hamper market access and expansion of service providers, hindering […]



Russia prepares maritime port infrastructure to respond to freight volume growth

Aug 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, August 13, Current Issue ID, Market Development, Recommended

In Russia, the total volume of merchandise is estimated to over 1 billion tonnes until 2030. All the northern, north-western, southern and far-eastern ports, will register growth. The authorities are about to approve the Port Infrastructure Development Strategy for 2030. The development of a competitive infrastructure in the maritime ports and the provision of a […]



The Eastern Partnership, a mobility-favourable policy

Aug 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, August 13, Current Issue ID, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

The main goal of the Eastern Partnership is to create the conditions to accelerate political association and deepen economic integration between the EU and the Eastern European partner countries: the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Last year, the European Commission initiated a […]



OTIF: Development of interoperability on the Euro-Asian axis is a necessity

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, July 13, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

Eurasia has a major importance in the economic, political and commercial relationships worldwide, the transport system being the strong element that binds them. The region needs an integrated transport system that would efficiently meet mobility needs and railway connections involve many countries with different systems, policies and legal frameworks which are still fragmenting the integration […]



Europe seeks solutions to reduce rail noise. DG MOVE could launch a study for the efficient reduction of freight wagon noise

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, July 13, Market Development, Recommended

The problem of noise reduction represents a challenge for the railway freight sector, being approached by the European Commission through the adopted policies, by the specialised industry through the identification of new products and solutions which should be efficient in terms of the cost-benefit ratio, by the infrastructure managers, and for the railway freight transport […]