On 9 May it is Europe Day, when the European Union celebrates the Schuman Declaration – a statement made by the French foreign minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950 proposing to place German and French coal and steel production under a single authority. By creating common interests between European nations, they would co-operate with each other, rather than go to war. This ultimately led to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of the European Union.
Deutsche Bahn fully embodies this idea. CEO Richard Lutz said:
“At DB we are part of the European railway family. The European railways stand for diversity, for tolerance and for international co-operation. Close collaboration is the foundation of the success of the European, international rail transport. The railways are the backbone of mobility in Europe and an active contribution to protecting our climate.”
To make a visual statement Deutsche Bahn is illuminating Berlin Central Station in the European flag.
Deutsche Bahn says:
“We subscribe to the European values: freedom of movement of people, goods and services; diversity and tolerance are also indispensable to us. The transport networks are Europe’s lifelines.”
Adina-Ioana Valean, the European Transport Commissioner-Designate, had her hearing in front of MEPs on 14 November.
Rail Baltica has announced its tender for the Riga Airport station and associated works. Candidate selection will occur in January 2020.
Von der Leyen has picked her candidate for Transport Commissioner, Romanian politician Adina-Ioana Valean. Her hearing is on 14 November.
The Vienna-Bratislava line is seeing upgrade works to make it a faster, electrified railway. 1 of 14 level crossings has now been eliminated.
The EU says that it is seeking applications for funding for transport projects worth up to 1.4 billion euros. 50 million are for ERTMS.
RB Rail AS, which is delivering Rail Baltica, has announced a tender for a Notified Body service provider to assess EU TSI conformity.
Henrik Hololei spoke at Digital Transport Days to hail the successes and goals of Shift2Rail to address climate change and other focuses.
An in-brief look at the status of current European railway infrastructure projects in Switzerland, Spain, Lativa, and France.
CAF has won signalling contracts worth more than 120 million euros (134.48 million USD) for Spain, Slovenia and Bulgaria. High-speed train in Spain © Kabe...
The European Commission has given the Latvian railway electrification project the go-ahead. The EU Cohesion Fund will contribute 347m euros.
The CEE: Co-Building the Belt and Road conference took place in Warsaw this week. What are the key concerns and opportunities for the region?
On 16 June 2019 the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) will become THE EU railway authority, issuing authorisations for rail vehicles.
After a framework agreement for 100 locomotives announced earlier in May, Stadler is now to supply ten further electric locomotives to ELP.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 21: Alstom wins a contract for 27 fuel cell trains and installs its incremental train control system.
Russian Railways launches a new rail freight service from Japan to Europe via the Trans-Siberian Railway, cutting transport times to 19 days.
The House of Lords EU Committee has published its report "Brexit: road, rail and maritime transport". What are the key findings for rail?
British Steel, a major supplier to the rail industry, has gone into liquidation following Brexit-related financial trouble.
The European Loc Pool has ordered ten Stadler hybrid locomotives consolidating its leading position in this segment of rolling stock leasing.
The 8th European TramDriver Championship will take place in Brussels on 4 May. Last year's winning team came from Stockholm, Sweden.
In the Industry Insider Week 13: Deutsche Bahn considers sale options for DB Arriva and Stadler wins its biggest vehicle order to date.
The Industry Insider week 12 featuring all the must-read rail news stories from 18–22 March, including the Eurotunnel shuttle refurbishment.
The European Commission has published the 2019 EU Transport Scoreboard, set of 30 categories looking at all aspects of transport in Member States.
Eurotunnel and TLF Overseas have signed a partnership agreement to mitigate the impact of Brexit on cross-border trade and passengers.
Travelling by rail is much safer than travelling by car or by bus. In fact, the risk of death is 56 times lower when travelling by rail.
All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider for 4–8 February 2019.
Alstom-Siemens merger denied: following an investigation by the EC and remedial proposals by Alstom and Siemens, the EC has ruled against the merger.
The Rail Baltica project has seen a boost with Finland joining in as a shareholder. The Finnish goverment said it would create a ltd company to that end.
All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider for 28 January–1 February 2019.
All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider for 21–25 January 2019.
Alstom issues update about its merger with Siemens. The statement addresses the remedy proposal made to the European Commission on 12/12/2018.
Cybersecurity is one of the main challenges for the transport sector. The European Commission has teamed up with ENISA, EASA, EMSA and the EU Agency for Railwa...
Eurotunnel's Brexit contingency planning has seen the company invest 'several million' to date, with costs still rising because of the lack of certainty provide...
We are back with the Railway-News Industry Insider for weeks 1 and 2 (1–11 January 2019): the railway industry's latest news, covering North America, China an...
Latvian Railways has announced that the independent experts appointed by the European Commission have given a positive review on the Latvian railway electrifica...
The Graz Declaration was endorsed by all Transport and Environment Ministers from EU Member States. Tommaso Spanevello, Public Affairs Manager for the Associati...
The European Parliament has approved a report on funding the Connecting Europe Facility during the next EU budget period. This facility is an important means by...
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 49: all the important railway news from the week 3–7 December 2018, covering rolling stock, infrastructure and opinion ...
The European Commission wants mobility in the EU to be safe, clean and connected. It has therefore making 100 million euros of funding available via the Connect...
In Europe, Japan and China in particular, but also in other parts of the world, high-speed rail is considered an innovative transport mode, with numerous benefi...
Deutsche Bahn has approved United Wagon Company (UWC) to supply freight cars to the operator and assigned it Q2 quality status. The Tikhvin Freight Car Building...
After four years of negotiations, the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement is now in the final stages of ratification, with both sides aiming to bring the trade deal i...
The UK’s Lillian Greenwood, Shadow Transport Secretary resigns following the referendum result for the UK to leave the European Union.
In the run up to the UK's referendum on its membership of the EU, we take a look at how a vote to leave would affect the UK rail industry: its businesses, its w...
© European Union , 2015 Source: EC - Audiovisual Service Photo: Etienne Ansotte The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the EU have reached...
The SHIFT2RAIL Joint Undertaking has issued its first call for proposals for members and non-members to put forward proposals to join in its initiative.
Image courtesy of COP21 COP21, the Paris climate conference, is currently taking place in the French capital, bringing 150 heads of state together to discu...
Image courtesy of Ingeteam The bank of the European Union, The European Investment Bank (EIB), and Ingeteam, a Spanish technology company focusing on renew...
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