The European Railway Industry Association (Unife) published a position paper on railway digitalisation last month, which highlights the steps which need to be taken for the railway industry to keep pace with disruptive technologies and services.
THE European Commission (EC) and the Japanese government agreed on July 6 to remove the Operational Safety Clause (OSC) non-tariff barrier which impacts European rail equipment suppliers within a maximum one year after entry into force of a free-trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Japan.
LAST autumn, Unife and Roland Berger published the sixth World Rail Market Study which predicts further investments in rail systems and stable growth for the world market for rail equipment (infrastructure, train control rolling stock and services) of 2.6% per year until 2021. In the last decade, the Middle East with its emerging new mainline and mass transit systems was a contributor to this growth. But what will the future market developments look like in light of the low oil price?
IRJ at InnoTrans 2016: Mr Philippe Citröen, director general of the European Rail Industry Association (Unife), says that access to global rail markets has actually declined despite concerted efforts by the European Union to improve access for European suppliers.
THE European Union moved an important step closer to harmonised safety approvals for railway equipment and operators on April 28, when the European Parliament approved the European Council's common position on the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package.