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Open European DAC Delivery Programme enabled by Europe’s Rail

For a successful and effective implementation of the Digital Automatic Coupler for European rail freight (DAC), it is of crucial importance to have open, close and efficient cooperation between railway undertakings, infrastructure managers and wagon keepers, as well as the rail supply industry, entities in charge of maintenance, concerned sector organisations, rail research centres and national and European political institutions. The European DAC Delivery Programme enabled by Europe’s Rail, offers a unique European platform for such cooperation and collaboration.

The projects under Innovation Programme 5 on technologies for sustainable and attractive European Railway Freight have inspired this programme. Click below for information on these projects.



European DAC delivered through integrated shared programme building upon R&I results and pilots; ensuring the necessary actions for a fast, technically and economically feasible European‐wide roll‐out.

Key benefits


All freight wagons (450.000 – 500.000) in Europe couple automatically latest by 2030:

  • Selection of an open, fully functional, operationally tested, safe and sustainable European DAC open model ready for industrialization and deployment
  • Deliver final open design of the selected model by the end of 2021 of which interoperability and safety requirements to be incorporated to TSI, Green Deal & Digitalization Package 2022
  • Produce efficient and cross-countries compatible migration and business plans
  • Identify possible European funding to support the migration plan

Would you like to participate to the programme which is open for all?

Click on the button below to fill in the application form.