Supporting an European rail system to decarbonise citizens mobility and reach climate neutrality  


To reduce EU transport emissions by 90% by 2050, a significant share of transport needs to shift to rail. This requires investments into rail infrastructure, enhanced cross-border cooperation, simplified booking options and fair taxation across transport modes.

Considering the current goals and the political momentum build around the European Year of Rail 2021, which presents a window of opportunity as it offers a focal point for the EU to agree on concrete steps for improving the European rail system;

Europe on Rail aims to build support for a ‘Rail renaissance’ in Europe and for respective policy measures, with a focus on cross-border passenger rail transport.  

To achieve so, the project aims to develop the following major activities:

  1.  A joint EU policy paper on the European Year of Rail, which highlights key challenges of cross-border passenger rail transport and presents policy recommendations to EU policy-makers on initiatives that should be taken during the European Year of Rail.
  2. One national-level policy paper for each national partner that aim at national policy makers linking the European discussions to the national level.
  3. Two internal strategy development workshops to establish the capacity building and defining priorities, and to develop the strategy on how to secure longer-term engagement of national partners and allies.
  4. One national workshop for each project partner to build support for improving cross-border rail transport, build alliances and activate progressive actors in the respective Member States
  5. One EU-policy workshop in Brussels aiming to build alliances between key EU-level actors, build support for policy initiatives during the European Year of Rail and convey support from national level to the European level on improving cross-border rail transport.