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  • Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking proposed by the European Commission to the …
    Europe’s Rail partnership, the successor to the current Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking, has been officially announced today by the European Commission as part of a proposal for the set-up of 10 new European Partnerships under the Horizon Europe programme. All the partnerships share the objective of achieving a climate neutral and digital Europe. Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking will build on the successful results of Shift2Rail’s work with its […]
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The European Parliament has also given a green light to Shift2Rail

Four months after the publication of its legislative proposal by the European Commission, the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking is now getting closer and closer to reality. March and April were marked by the agreements successively reached at the Transport Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and, very recently, at the European Parliament in this regard. It must be noted that the Commission’s legislative proposal was submitted to both the European Parliament and the European Economic…

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TTE Council supports SHIFT2RAIL

The Transport Ministers Council of the European Union (TTE), reunited at the middle of March, adopted its position on a draft regulation of the EU Council aimed to established a public-private partnership called Shift2Rail Joint Initiative that would manage a work program on research and innovation to support the development of better railway services across Europe. The Shift2Rail objective is to double railway transport capacity, to reduce lifecycle costs by 50% and to increase the…

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European railway industry deals with around EUR 1 Billion for research and innovation

“Rail is facing significant competition from other transport modes and, from other regions of the world; in order to combat this Shift2Rail combines a significant amount of EU and sector R&D resources with a long-term vision that will produce tangible results that contribute to the EU’s ambitious transport goals”, pointed out Olivier Onidi, Director for the European Mobility Network at the European Commission. RailwayPRO

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“Horizon 2020” provides EUR 6.3 Billion to research and innovation

Partnerships with the transport industry will be stepped up in “Horizon 2020” in order to overcome fragmentation and, hence, accelerate the market take up of innovative solutions. Next to the SHIFT2RAIL Technological Initiative, launched through the Horizon 2020 Programme, a series of three financing demands was launched aimed to increase and to consolidate the competitiveness of European industries in the sphere of transports and to create a resource-efficient transport system that is individual, seamless, environmentally…

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European Economic and Social Committee adopts a favourable opinion on Shift2Rail and asks EU for additional funding

During the plenary session on 25 March, EESC Members unanimously adopted an Opinion in which they highlight the crucial importance of Shift2Rail: "The EESC strongly backs the Shift2Rail initiative, which it sees as an important contribution to European industry in the strategic railway sector". In this regard, the EESC notably "stresses the importance of Shift2Rail for employment" and insists on "the importance of Shift2Rail to maintaining the competitiveness of the European industry, which still produces…

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