Smart rail for the EU's Green Recovery

Smart rail for the EU's Green Recovery

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

The 18th European Week of Regions and Cities takes place from 5 to 22 October 2020. CER has partnered with the European Commission, European Committee of the Regions, European Union Agency for Railways, and Shift2Rail to organise an interactive online workshop as part of the programme, taking place on Tuesday 20 October from 9:30 to 11:00 am.

Bringing together some of the top representatives of the European rail sector, the workshop 'Smart Rail for the EU's Green Recovery' will address the specific needs of the regions and cities with regard to transport by rail, in anticipation of the European Year of Rail in 2021.

The workshop will cover the following themes:

  • addressing regions' needs in relation to rail transport and connectivity, with a special focus on tourism and culture;
  • restoring trust in rail transport in the aftermath of the pandemic;
  • promoting the labour and social aspects of rail transport (impact of digitalisation on skills and employment (blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills) and gender equality;
  • informing people about the preparations for the 2021 European Year of Rail in the context of the European Green Deal (jobs/growth/sustainability).
  • Elisabeth Werner, Director "Land Transport", European Commission
  • Jaroslaw Stawiarski, Marshal of Lubelskie Region, Member of the Committee of the Regions, Lubelskie Regional Assembly (Sejmik Wojewodztwa Lubelskiego), European Committee of the Regions
  • Isabelle Boudineau, Regional Council of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, COTER Chair, Committee of the Regions
  • Marnix van der Heijde, European Union Agency for Railways
  • Carlo M Borghini, Executive Director, Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking
  • Libor Lochman, Executive Director, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure, Belgium

Moderated by Catherine Cieczko, Consultant, expert in rail transport, and Rabea von Cyssewski, Communication Officer, DG MOVE, European Commission.

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