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The Technical Framework of the European Railway Sector: on track to an interoperable railway system
18 Jun 2021

The Technical Framework of the European Railway Sector: on track to an interoperable railway system

Since 1991, the European railway sector has been consistently reformed by the European Union through a series of ongoing and evolving legislation. Most notably, several railway “packages” were cra...
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World markets: A playing field for the European Rail Supply Industry
10 May 2021

World markets: A playing field for the European Rail Supply Industry

The 8th edition of UNIFE’s World Rail Market Study (WRMS) was conducted by Roland Berger and unveiled in 2020....
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International Standardisation the European Rail Associations’ Vision
29 Apr 2021

International Standardisation the European Rail Associations’ Vision

This paper aims to set the vision regarding the European and international standardisation systems. Recommendations have been identified to strengthen the use of these standardisation systems as a key enabler for the European rail sector’s potential. and continued competitiveness on the global stage.
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Boosting Railway Digitalization thanks to EU research and innovation
15 Apr 2021

Boosting Railway Digitalization thanks to EU research and innovation

The greatest economic and societal developments of recent decades have been the transformations brought by digital technologies. Digital connectivity is changing the current transport landscape and it...
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TSI transitions for a competitive European Railway Sector
14 Apr 2021

TSI transitions for a competitive European Railway Sector

Increased stability and predictability of the European technical framework and TSI transitions regime are a top priority for the European rail supply industry. With this paper UNIFE aims to raise the...
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Skills for the Rail Supply Industry: Adapting Training and Attracting Talent
11 Mar 2021

Skills for the Rail Supply Industry: Adapting Training and Attracting Talent

21st century problems require 22nd century solutions. As the world grapples with climate change and economic turbulence, the EU must provide young people and workers with the skills needed to reduce o...
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Annual Report 2020
01 Mar 2021

Annual Report 2020

The UNIFE Annual Report reviews our activities in 2020, focusing on areas ranging from industry policy, trade, R&I, to ERTMS, IRIS Certification, and advocating at the political level for better r...
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About UNIFE Guide
23 Feb 2021

About UNIFE Guide

An overview of our research, standardisation & regulation and public affairs activities. In addition the publication presents our Organisational structure, Committees and Working goups.
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The EU year of rail puts Europe on track to sustainability and energy efficiency
17 Feb 2021

The EU year of rail puts Europe on track to sustainability and energy efficiency

The European Green Deal is the world’s most ambitious climate strategy and the hallmark of the current European Commission, led by President Ursula von der Leyen. It sets all sectors and industries...
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Sustainability and energy efficiency
08 Feb 2021

Sustainability and energy efficiency

The European Green Deal is the world’s most ambitious climate strategy and the hallmark of the current European Commission, led by President Ursula von der Leyen. It sets all sectors and industries...
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UNIFE vision on Cyber-security in railways
20 Oct 2020

UNIFE vision on Cyber-security in railways

Cyber-security is gaining importance across society. The Digital Single Market Strategy of the EU is tasked with establishing harmonised processes and solutions when formulating the cyber-security leg...
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UNIFE vision paper on digitalisation – second chapter
06 Jul 2020

UNIFE vision paper on digitalisation – second chapter

Digitalisation is one of the major cornerstone of the European Commission’s mandate. Fostering digital transformation in all sectors is regarded as key to unlock Europe’s technological potential a...
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Rail sector joins forces to contribute to sustainable and smart mobility in Europe
29 Jun 2020

Rail sector joins forces to contribute to sustainable and smart mobility in Europe

The statement has been prepared by UNIFE together with the associations CER and EIM to collectively present the rail sector’s views, expectations and priorities for DG MOVE’s forthcoming ‘’sus...
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Joint letter implementation of the 4th railway packages technical pillar
06 Apr 2020

Joint letter implementation of the 4th railway packages technical pillar

The Fourth Railway Package Technical Pillar has undoubtably been the priority subject regarding technical railway regulation development in recent years. A prerequisite for the success of the Fourth R...
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Annual Report 2019 – executive summary
24 Mar 2020

Annual Report 2019 – executive summary

Read about UNIFE's impact in 2019 focusing on areas ranging from industry policy, trade, R&I, to ERTMS, IRIS Certification, and advocating at the political level for better regulation and investme...
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COVID-19 | Transport keeps us going
24 Mar 2020

COVID-19 | Transport keeps us going

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 a pandemic and governments worldwide have taken wide-ranging measures to contain the spread of the virus. The transport sect...
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International-standardisation – the European rail supply industrys position
19 Mar 2020

International-standardisation – the European rail supply industrys position

The paper addresses the strategic importance of European and global standards for industry. In recent months there has been a strong push by China and others to define more and more new global railway...
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Annual Report 2019
12 Feb 2020

Annual Report 2019

The UNIFE Annual Report reviews our activities in 2019, focusing on areas ranging from industry policy, trade, R&I, to ERTMS, IRIS Certification, and advocating at the political level for better r...
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Industry4europe – a long term strategy for Europes industrial future from words to action
26 Nov 2019

Industry4europe – a long term strategy for Europes industrial future from words to action

The Industry4Europe coalition has today issued its new Joint Paper ‘A long-term strategy for Europe’s industrial future: from words to action’. Through cross-sectoral recommendations, the Indu...
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UNIFE vision paper on urban mobility
21 Nov 2019

UNIFE vision paper on urban mobility

UNIFE’s new vision paper, titled ‘’Urban Rail for cities and metropolitan areas”, is the first document outlining the European Rail Supply Industry’s stances on urban mobility. In this publi...
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UNITEL Position Paper – EU funded and coordinated FRMCS pilot projects
31 Jul 2019

UNITEL Position Paper – EU funded and coordinated FRMCS pilot projects

The on-going FRMCS project and Shift2Rail work streams represent important steps in defining the future communication system for railway. However, the railway communication supply industry has identif...
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Dublin declaration of the European rail supply industry
19 Jun 2019

Dublin declaration of the European rail supply industry

More than 200 leaders of the European rail industry gathered in Dublin for the 28th UNIFE General Assembly. To mark this occasion the Members of the UNIFE Presiding Board signed the Dublin Declarat...
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UNIFE vision paper on digitalisation
15 Apr 2019

UNIFE vision paper on digitalisation

UNIFE’s new Vision Paper on digitalisation outlines the views, priorities and ambitions of the European rail supply industry on digital technologies which are shaping the way our sector is moving fo...
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About UNIFE Guide – updated 2019
19 Mar 2019

About UNIFE Guide – updated 2019

This brochure provides an overview of our activities in the fields of public affairs, standardisation & harmonisation, research & innovation and the IRIS Certification™ system. It also prese...
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Annual Report 2018
05 Feb 2019

Annual Report 2018

The UNIFE Annual Report reviews our activities in 2018, focusing on areas ranging from industry policy, trade, R&I, to ERTMS, IRIS Certification, and advocating at the political level for better r...
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CER-EIM-UNIFE joint position paper: EU stragedy for long-term greenhouse gas emissions reductions – the crucial role of rail
29 Nov 2018

CER-EIM-UNIFE joint position paper: EU stragedy for long-term greenhouse gas emissions reductions – the crucial role of rail

Following the European Commission’s Communication on the EU long-term strategy for greenhouse gases emissions reductions, the joint Position Paper aims at highlighting the fundamental role of rail t...
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EU funding and financing for rail projects in the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework
20 Nov 2018

EU funding and financing for rail projects in the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework

Following the European Commission proposal for the EU budget published on 2 May 2018 and the legislative proposals for spending programmes for the 2021-2027 period, UNIFE with this position paper woul...
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European ral industry involvement in the EULYNX project activities
14 Nov 2018

European ral industry involvement in the EULYNX project activities

The purpose of this position paper is to evaluate the involvement of the European Rail industry in the Eulynx project activities....
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World Rail Market Study Executive Summary 2018
18 Sep 2018

World Rail Market Study Executive Summary 2018

The UNIFE World Rail Market Study is a reference for the rail sector and is regularly referred to as a standard set of data for the rail supply industry. The main objective of the study is to create a...
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Horizon Europe – The European research and innovation framework programme 2021-2027
07 Sep 2018

Horizon Europe – The European research and innovation framework programme 2021-2027

The Position Paper presents the view and recommendations of the rail supply industry on the European Commission’s proposals for the next research and innovation Framework Programme Horizon Europe 20...
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INDUSTRY4EUROPE: A Governance structure
04 Jul 2018

INDUSTRY4EUROPE: A Governance structure

With this Joint Paper the Industry4Europe coalition has been calling for a long-term vision for Europe’s industry which demands a long-term governance structure going beyond the 6-month EU Presidenc...
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CEF Funding for ERTMS deployment in the post 2020 MFF
25 Apr 2018

CEF Funding for ERTMS deployment in the post 2020 MFF

The purpose of the position paper is to highlight several issues that should be taken into account in the context of the budgetary discussions for the post-2020 period and the preparation of CEF 2...
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UNIFE Research & Innovation Activities (updated)
03 Apr 2018

UNIFE Research & Innovation Activities (updated)

This publication provides an overview of UNIFE’s research and innovation activities, including the European research projects with direct UNIFE involvement from the EU’s Framework Programmes for R...
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INDUSTRY4EUROPE: Setting indicators
29 Mar 2018

INDUSTRY4EUROPE: Setting indicators

The aim of this Joint Paper is to propose a short list of indicators that can be used to both assess the health of the European Industryand monitor the progress made by the EU on the implementation of...
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FAQ EU Regulation 2016/1628 – Rail Vehicle Applications
12 Mar 2018

FAQ EU Regulation 2016/1628 – Rail Vehicle Applications

The purpose of this FAQ document is to contribute to a clear understanding of the Regulation (EU) 2016/1628 and the relevant supplementing legislation concerns emission limits and type approval proced...
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Annual Report 2017 (9MB)
04 Feb 2018

Annual Report 2017 (9MB)

The UNIFE Annual Report reviews our activities in 2017, focusing on areas ranging from industrial policy, trade, R&D, to ERTMS, IRIS Certification, and advocating at the political level for better...
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Joint rail sector declaration on digitalisation of railways 2
09 Nov 2017

Joint rail sector declaration on digitalisation of railways 2

The shared objective of all rail stakeholders is to offer highly efficient and attractive transport options to their customers, and digitalisation is a key tool to achieve this in a fast-moving techno...
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Industry and research associations position on EU institutional public private partnerships in research and innovation 2
24 Oct 2017

Industry and research associations position on EU institutional public private partnerships in research and innovation 2

This paper represents the common position of 5 industry associations and partners (Hydrogen Europe, ASD, BIC, EFPIA and UNIFE) involved in 6 EU institutional Public  Private Partnerships (IPPP) (unde...
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INDUSTRY4EUROPE: Going further
23 Oct 2017

INDUSTRY4EUROPE: Going further

In this Joint Reaction Paper, the Signatories – representing a wide range of industrial sectors – have identified all key objectives and missing measures that should be at the heart of any ambitio...
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Views of the rail sector: Post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework
21 Sep 2017

Views of the rail sector: Post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework

In the context of the budgetary discussions for the post-2020 period, we – the European associations representing the rail sector – would like to explain in this joint paper why it is important fo...
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Annual Report 2016 (13MB)
19 Jan 2017

Annual Report 2016 (13MB)

The UNIFE Annual Report provides information on UNIFE's activities in 2016 (and ongoing), which include participation in numerous European Research projects, promoting European standards and ERTMS dep...
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UNIFE Position-Paper on digitalisation of railways
21 Sep 2016

UNIFE Position-Paper on digitalisation of railways

The objective of paper, developed by the UNIFE Digital Platform, is to clarify the position of the rail supply industry with respect to the rail digital transformation and to set the priorities and ta...
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Joint letter – Decarbonising transport
01 Jul 2016

Joint letter – Decarbonising transport

The above-listed associations believe that the forthcoming Communication is an excellent opportunity for the Commission to stimulate and inspire the decarbonisation debate and to be bold in their prop...
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Annual Report 2015 (Low resolution 9MB)
08 Jun 2016

Annual Report 2015 (Low resolution 9MB)

The UNIFE Annual Report provides information on UNIFE's activities in 2015 (and ongoing), which include participation in numerous European Research projects, promoting European standards and ERTMS dep...
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Position Paper: Rail as a key to decarbonising transport
03 Jun 2016

Position Paper: Rail as a key to decarbonising transport

The European Commission has announced, for summer 2016, a Communication on decarbonising the transport sector, thus about reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport operations in the EU. T...
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IRIS 10TH Anniversary Newsletter
31 May 2016

IRIS 10TH Anniversary Newsletter

The IRIS 10th anniversary newsletter highlights the standard’s accomplishments over the past decade as well as looking at what the future holds for IRIS....
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Position Paper CBTC Frequency Bandwidth
24 Nov 2015

Position Paper CBTC Frequency Bandwidth

Position Paper UITP/UNIFE Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) frequency bandwidth...
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Letter on the benefit of electro-mobility
20 Nov 2015

Letter on the benefit of electro-mobility

A letter on the benefits of electro-mobility in the Energy Union, sent by the Electro-mobility platform to Vice-president Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioners for Transport, Violeta Bulc and Climate A...
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UNIFE’s Key Messages for COP21
12 Nov 2015

UNIFE’s Key Messages for COP21

The COP21 climate change negotiations in Paris in December offer the opportunity for the European rail industry to show off the environmental virtues of rail transport and the energy efficient and car...
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UNIFE position paper on urban mobility
16 Apr 2015

UNIFE position paper on urban mobility

UNIFE has published a position paper on the European Parliament’s own initiative report on Sustainable Mobility, promoting the idea that sustainable means of transport, such as light rail, metros an...
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UNIFE position paper on the stocktaking review of the transport white paper
23 Mar 2015

UNIFE position paper on the stocktaking review of the transport white paper

In the context of the stocktaking review of the Transport White Paper, UNIFE would like to stress the need to keep a high level of ambition by confirming the target of 60% reduction in transport GHG e...
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Annual Report  2014 (Low Resolution – 4MB)
08 Jan 2015

Annual Report 2014 (Low Resolution – 4MB)

The UNIFE Annual Report provides information on UNIFE's activities in 2014 (and ongoing), which include participation in numerous European Research projects, promoting European standards and ERTMS dep...
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Annual Report  2014 (High Resolution – 8MB)
08 Jan 2015

Annual Report 2014 (High Resolution – 8MB)

The UNIFE Annual Report provides information on UNIFE's activities in 2014 (and ongoing), which include participation in numerous European Research projects, promoting European standards and ERTMS dep...
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World Rail Market Study Executive Summary
22 Sep 2014

World Rail Market Study Executive Summary

The UNIFE World Rail Market Study is a reference for the rail sector and is regularly referred to as a standard set of data for the rail supply industry. The main objective of the study is to create a...
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European Rail Industry Guide
19 Sep 2014

European Rail Industry Guide

This European Rail Industry Guide provides a visual overview of the impact of the European Rail sector on the European economy, mobility of European citizens and the environment. This guide contains f...
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On track to a greener transport future
17 Mar 2014

On track to a greener transport future

The brochure On Track to a Greener Transport Future focuses on UNIFE’s vision for a greener transport system with rail as its backbone. It builds on the technical work carried out by environment-rel...
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Megatrucks versus rail freight?
24 Feb 2014

Megatrucks versus rail freight?

If you add a read more then the "read more" button will take you to an inside page. If not then it will directly download the pdf...
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Annual Report  2013
05 Jan 2014

Annual Report 2013

The UNIFE 2013 Annual Report provides information on UNIFE's activities in 2013 (and ongoing), which include participation in numerous European Research projects, promoting European standards and ERTM...
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Annual Report 2012
02 Jan 2012

Annual Report 2012

The UNIFE 2012 Annual Report provides information on UNIFE's activities in 2012, which include participation in numerous European Research projects, promoting European standards and ERTMS deployment,...
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