Declaration on Stimulating International Rail Freight
ESC, together with other representatives of the rail sector, presented a declaration at the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam on June 21, 2016. In the declaration they aim to commit themselves to enhance the competitiveness of the Rail Freight Corridors and to improve the quality, reliability and efficiency of rail freight transport in Europe.
Additionally, the sector identifies measures which are necessary to achieve the aims for the Rail Freight Corridors. These measures include a single list of important operational issues to be resolved for improving international rail freight, updated annually by the advisory groups of railway undertakings, and proposed to rail freight corridors in order to support their action plan. Additionally, the corridors will continue providing and improving a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) on the quality of service at regular intervals, and in consultation with the stakeholders, taking into account already existing work carried out by the sector. Finally, the rail sector associations have committed to report on the results of the actions agreed in the declaration on a regular basis.
This sector declaration complements to another declaration by the Transport Ministers of the EU Member States which was also presented during the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam. In combination with the ministerial declaration, the sector declaration presents an unpreceded effort to enhance the competitiveness, growth and potential with regard to sustainability of the rail sector. Together Member States and the sector hope to boost international rail freight to benefit shippers.