“We encourage the Romanian authorities to invest in railway transport. The country is crossed by two European Corridors and the allocation of the needed investment is vital for a performant infrastructure and a real integration,” Philippe Citroën, Director General at UNIFE said, during Railway PRO Investment Summit. The event is organised by Railway PRO, Club Feroviar and Romanian Railway Industry Association.
The railway sector is important not just at national level, but also at European level, being a strategic industry.
Relating to international market access, according to Citroën, only 63% of the total market is truly accessible to European suppliers, and difficulties are increasing on some markets like China, Japan.
“The key factors for the world competitiveness of the EU RSI [European Rail Supply] are relating to the strengthening of the offer, the improvement of the EU and International business environment, and the stimulation of the demand in the EU and worldwide,” Citroën said.
The UNIFE’s representative talked about the European Parliament Resolution on the Competitiveness of the European RSI that is an ambitious EU industrial strategy with concrete recommendations on all EU policies impacting the world leadership of EU rail suppliers.
The key EP recommendations fully supported by UNIFE are in the field of research and Innovation, technical harmonisation and interoperability, internal market and public procurement, internationalisation and market access, as well as boosting investment in rail projects.