During the exchange with the Founding Members, Mr Borghini, said: “I am really glad to see that the launch of Europe’s Rail has attracted such strong interest and attention, clearly indicating the benefit of partnerships such as Europe’s Rail. I am honoured to have here together with me the Commissioner, Ministers and all Europe’s Rail Founding Members, marking a new chapter for improving and modernising rail in Europe. Europe’s Rail will build upon the successes of Shift2Rail and ensure that the solutions coming from the programmes are deployed in the market. We are looking forward to launching our first Call for Proposals next month and fully begin our activities.”
The event was a perfect occasion for the European railway community to acknowledge the role of the Europe’s Rail JU in shaping and transforming the rail system to contribute to delivering the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, funding Research and Innovation and pushing for the deployment of the innovative technological and operational solutions in the market.
The objective of Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking is to deliver a high-capacity integrated European railway network by eliminating barriers to interoperability and providing solutions for full integration, covering traffic management, vehicles, infrastructure and services, aiming at faster uptake and deployment of projects and innovations. This should exploit the huge potential for digitalisation and automation to reduce rail’s costs, increase capacity, and enhance its flexibility and reliability, and should be based upon a solid Reference Functional System Architecture shared by the sector, in coordination with the European Union Agency for Railways, while supporting the development of a strong and globally competitive European rail industry. This will be achieved through its Calls for Proposals, with the first Open Call due to be launched in March 2022.