Last week during its General Assembly, the Presiding Board of the European Rail Supply Industry Association, Unife, voiced strong support for the continuation of Shift2Rail under Horizon Europe, stating:
“Today, we call once again on the European Commission to help us stay at the forefront of innovation by proposing the continuation of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking with a programme of activities of €3.3bn, supported by an EU Contribution of €1.5bn under Horizon Europe.”
The rail industry is of crucial importance for both achieving the European Green Deal objectives and contributing to Europe’s economic recovery. Rail is already the greenest and safest transport mode and provides more than 400 000 direct and indirect jobs throughout Europe.
In the UIC-UNIFE-UITP Joint Statement, the associations reiterated that ‘’given the clear successes of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking, it must be extended to provide the sector with an ambitious innovation programme that aims to transform European transportation’’.
Access the full Declaration of the European Rail Supply Industry on the occasion of the 2020 UNIFE General Assembly here.
Access the UIC-UNIFE-UITP Joint Statement – Giving public transport a central place in the world of tomorrow here.