News 02 Dec 2022

Open letter of European rail associations to European Transport Ministers on TEN-T

European Transport Ministers will gather on 5 December for their EU Council meeting. On this occasion they will discuss inter alia the current proposal for a revision of the Regulation governing the guidelines of the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T), with the possibility of reaching an agreement on a Council General Approach.

CER and fellow European rail associations ERFA, UIP, UIRR and UNIFE co-signed an open letter to EU Transport Ministers calling for their attention to a number of critical points during their discussions. 

The revision of the TEN-T network and standards must, by all means, enable railways to act as the backbone of European mobility (meaning both the movement of people and freight), increase infrastructure capacity by building better physical infrastructure and deploy the necessary technology for an ever more digitalised infrastructure capacity management. This will be needed to boost rail services in both the passenger and freight market, foster modal shift and contribute to the decarbonisation of EU mobility on a continental scale.