The governance structure of CER is composed of three main bodies, ensuring a steady flow of communication between CER and its members. These bodies have regular meetings at chief executive and working levels.
CER Management Committee
The Management Committee makes recommendations to the General Assembly. It consists of the CER Chairman, four Vice-Chairmen and further members elected by the General Assembly. The size of the Management Committee is limited to a maximum of 16 members.
CER General Assembly
The General Assembly is the CER's decision-making body. All member organisation take one seat and are represented by their chief executive or director general. The General Assembly takes strategic decisions and gives the CER team guidance on how to advance on specific policy issues.
CER Assistants Group
CER members are represented by their international or European Affairs Managers in the CER Assistants group. This liaison group helps to facilitate the continuous exchange of information between CER and its members.
Besides the gatherings of these internal bodies, CER also arranges further meetings and working groups to discuss specific issues. All members affected are invited to take part in these discussions.
CER High Level Meetings
Separate meetings are held at least once a year with chief executives from passenger, freight and infrastructure companies to discuss specific issues affecting their business areas. There are also separate meetings for regional groups of chief executives such as those from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe.
CER Working Groups
The working groups of CER are made up of members of the CER Assistants group or other experts delegated by member companies. The most important working groups are (in alphabetical order):
- Customer Liaison Group;
- Customs Working Group;
- Economics and Taxation Group;
- Environment and Energy Strategy Group;
- ERA Steering Unit (and various working groups on interoperability and safety);
- Freight Focus Group;
- Human Resources Directors Group;
- Infrastructure Interest Group;
- Legal Working Group;
- Passenger Working Group;
- Security Working Group;
- Ticketing Working Group.
All groups meet on a regular and ad-hoc basis.
Internally, CER follows the principle that all opinions are taken into account and that no member should feel dominated by others. CER believes that there is always a way to evaluate arguments properly and, if necessary, to find compromises in mutual respect. In the same spirit, every member has access to every working group in our association. CER is always open to new members.