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:
- 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.
- One national-level policy paper for each national partner that aim at national policy makers linking the European discussions to the national level.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.