As discussed during our last RAG meeting, we are happy to announce that the rail freight sector, under the coordination of CER/EIM and RFCs, has reached an agreement on a position paper that is submitted today to European Commission. We are sure this ideas will help us to be more efficient in the future, and provide you more tailor-made solutions within our corridor for the development of the international rail freight traffic.

You can read the position paper by clicking here.

The main achievements of this paper can be summarized as follow:
-  The existence of the paper itself can be considered as a success: we achieved to have a common vision, even if working in different countries under different contexts. We now have a clear will to harmonize and improve our services, in a shared vision with IMs / Abs and RUs
- The central perspective should be:
o   Define a common FCA
o   A harmonised CID
o   Commonly applied RNE Guidelines for all corridors
o   And more generally speaking a strong commitment for corridor’s harmonisation
The text emphasis the following points that could be implemented in the regulation:
-       to allow the users of RFCs to provide feedbacks in decision processes, and intensified dialogue with Directors, Chairs, MB & ExBo
-       to open the RFCs to other future potential products, out of the PaPs
-       to allow the MB to calibrate their advisory groups following their needs
-       to oblige to have a common methodology for the TMS, if no single TMS can be made
-       The Management Boards should play a greater role in the coordination of works. Works and possession should be planned and executed so as to hinder international traffic as little as possible. This coordination should be reflected in a concerted process involving both IMs and RUs
-       Management Boards are encouraged to develop objective quality goals and measures in consultation with the RAGs under the umbrella of the general objectives of the RFCs, as decided by the Executive Board. These goals and measures should then be submitted to and monitored by the Executive Boards.
-       The eligibility of EU funding should ideally be extended to parts of the RFCs which are currently not part of the TEN-T core network.
-       The terminals of the corridor should be obliged to provide the description of their operational characteristics. RUs should be encouraged to provide terminals with access to real time data of expected trains.