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Within the framework of the declaration of 2021 as the European Year of the Railway, various European states, including Spain, agreed to promote international rail transport.

The European Commission also committed in its Mobility Strategy and its Green Deal to support initiatives to decarbonise transport, a goal for which the further development of the railway could be key. Moreover, in the post-covid framework, the recovery plans can be the economic backbone that allow states to finance projects oriented to support this goal.

European governments must act now and implement the right policies to promote a railway renaissance that provides mutual benefits: additional investment in new or renovated trains, refurbish or construction of railway stations, job creation, strengthening of railway networks, upgrade national and regional infrastructure and connections and, above all, reducing transport emissions by 90% by 2050.

Within the European initiative Europe on Rail, the Ecology and Development Foundation, ECODES, and eco-union association, as Spanish partners, bring together in this webinar government representatives, public and private entities involved in the development of rail transport in order to learn about the present and future of the network and Spanish cross-border passenger connections.

For more information on the benefits of a strengthened rail system check our reports

A Rail Renaissance for Europe
How the 2021 European Year of Rail can support the European Green Deal and a sustainable recovery

Present and Future of Passenger Rail Transport in Spain
(available in Spanish only)

Wednesday, February 10th 2021
10 – 12 CET
On-line, via zoom platform
Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation in English
Do you want to participate? Register here!



10h – Welcome and opening

Monica Vidal
Director of Public Policy and Climate Governance at ECODES.


Sergio Vázquez
Secretary General for Infrastructures of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda

Ángel García de la Bandera
Director of Capacity Management, Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (Spanish Railway Infrastructure Administrator)

Paulo Duarte
Executive Director of PTP – Portuguese Railway Platform Association (Confirmation pending)

Guillermo Castrillo
Business Director of Ilsa-Intermodalidad

Peio Barrenetxea
Mobility projects and sustainable territory of the Euroregion Officer | Atlantic Corridor

Javier Garrido
Spokesman of the Coordinating Committee for the reopening of the Canfranc-Olorón railway (Crefco) | Central Corridor (Confirmation pending)

Pau Noi
President of Fundació Mobilitat Sostenible i Segura. | Mediterranean Corridor

Lena Donat
Senior Advisor – Low Carbon Mobility at GermanWatch. | Will present the European Policy Paper

Jérémie Fosse
President of Eco-union. | Will present the Spanish Policy Paper


11.45h – Conclusions and closure