Rail Forum Europe, MEPs’ platform dedicated to rail transport, designated Andrey Novakov as the President for the period 2019-2024, which will take over as RFE President and Chairman of the RFE Managing Board from Michael Cramer who led the association between 2014 and 2019.
Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg was named as the Vice-President of the RFE, within the next five years.
Andrey Novakov (EPP, Bulgaria) became Member of the European Parliament in 2014, one of the youngest MEP to ever serve the Institution. Currently, he is EPP coordinator in the Committee of Regional Development (REGI) and part of two other committees – the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT).
‘’It is an honour to be designated President of Rail Forum Europe for the next five years. RFE, by bringing together experts from the rail sector and policy makers, will help us to make transport more competitive and sustainable together. Connectivity, investments and digitalisation are key priorities in order to make rail play a more important role in the EU transport policy’’, Novakov said.
Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg (Greens, Germany) is a Member of the European Parliament since July 2019 and sits in the Committees on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI). Prior to her recent mandate, Deparnay-Grunenberg was elected to the city council of Stuttgart for more than ten years and had been the political group leader of the Greens there from 2014 to 2019. In this position, she was engaged in the transformation process of urban mobility and sustainable public transport. ‘’I am convinced that a powerful rail system is vital to achieve our climate goals and it is essential in general for European mobility, economy and society”, Deparnay-Grunenberg said.
Rail Forum Europe is formed by 39 associate members.