Cooperation Reporting

UIC meets UITP to outline areas of cooperation

A meeting was organised at UIC between Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, Mr François Davenne, UIC Deputy Director General, and Mr Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of UITP (International Association of Public Transport).

The meeting was an opportunity to outline the areas of cooperation since the MoU was signed on 20 April 2018 in Barcelona.
Various subjects were addressed such as railway stations, security and digital developments, with the creation of a number of areas of common ground still possible.
This cooperation helps to put the focus on the respective contributions made towards the inter-urban and intra-urban chain of mobility. Better management of interfaces is certainly an area to be improved in this chain.

The collaboration between the two associations will be strengthened as improvements are made, based on what is indicated in the current MoU.

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In the footsteps of a former student of Moulin Neuf railway school in Chambly (Oise department, France)

A field trip to a place steeped in history, full of lessons for today’s issues

On 5 April, Marc Antoni, who was top of his class at the Moulin Neuf railway school (France) in 1979, led a UIC delegation, which included François Davenne, Deputy Director General.

Having opened in 1964, this vocational training centre for signalling and electrical installations at the Moulin Neuf in Chambly (Oise department, France,) has an experimental worksite which includes five signal boxes, a level crossing with half-barrier and automatic light signalling which completes the site.

Moulin Neuf is 40 km from Paris, to the north. With two important railway nodes, the site also borders the line Paris Beauvais, which is already recognised as a gateway to the north of the country. The relatively small extent of the network and its concentrated shape were also favourable factors. The neighbouring workshop of the Moulin Neuf site became the SNCF site for the manufacture of track equipment.

Prof. Dr. Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System Department, a former student of this centre, passionately transmitted his unlimited knowledge in this field to François Davenne, UIC Deputy Director General, and Jean-Michel Evanghelou, UIC Head of Signalling & Telecoms. Since 2007, Marc Antoni has been Head of Technological Innovation and Asset Management at SNCF, and from 2013-2014 has also been a signalling and system expert at UIC.

In 1990 Marc Antoni graduated in electronics from the French engineering school CNAM National Conservatory of Arts and Metiers), and from the Graduate School of Engineering in 1993. He obtained his PhD from the University of Braunschweig (Germany) in 2009 and obtained the title of university professor at CNAM in 2018. Beginning his career at SNCF as a signalling and telecommunications operator at the Strasbourg Regional Infrastructure Directorate in 1986, he has been responsible for developing infrastructure monitoring and remote monitoring for infrastructure at the Head of the Regional Infrastructure Telecommunication and Computerised Systems Directorate.

During this visit, the UIC delegation was accompanied by Claude Mangone, Director of industrial assets and data at SNCF Réseau, to discover all the elements related to a track circuit (crocodile, KVB train protection system, embedding, heel, polarity report on a track circuit...). In the space of 20 metres, many things are connected, coordinated, controlled, and every time there is a risk. “We must always think man-tool-procedure”, said Claude Mangone.

The group, before “pulling the levers”, visited a signal box as there are only a hundred left in France. Marc Antoni explained that “the older generation left us a standardised network”. The post, with lock switches, makes it possible to understand that it is absolutely necessary to have safety conditions to act, and all this is based on mechanical (bouré keys or mechanical interlockings) and electrical protections. Maintenance is done to make it work safely. Operating rules allow degraded management. They are not the same everywhere. Marc Antoni noted that “the principles are unchangeable even if the technologies change.”

This visit allowed the UIC delegation to bask in an extraordinary knowledge of technical expertise and know-how with lessons, and very interesting perspectives of analogies with today’s data networks as key takeaways.

For further information please contact Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System department:

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UIC to compensate its greenhouse gas emissions

Further to a decision made by the General Assembly, UIC has launched the Ecoscoring project (aimed at improving the rail sector’s access to sustainable finance). In this context our association has decided to offset the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of its head office and staff (seconded and permanent staff).

Therefore, UIC has formed a partnership with the web platform CimateSeed ( to support projects with environmental (energy efficiency, reforestation, agricultural process optimisation, etc.) and social purposes (reduction of respiratory diseases, gender inequalities, reduction of poverty, etc.).

Senior management wanted to involve all UIC staff in choosing which project to support. Therefore all staff have been invited to vote for one of the projects.
The vote will be closed on 12 April. The results of the vote will be published in a further edition of UIC eNews.

For further information please contact Isabelle De Keyzer, Senior Advisor – Environment and Sustainable Development:


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Meeting of the Talent & Expertise Development Platform at ÖBB, Vienna from 4 – 5 April 2019

The spring meeting of the UIC Talent & Expertise Development Platform (TEDP) which took place at the kind invitation of ÖBB, was held in Vienna on 4 and 5 April October 2019 and brought together training executives/representatives from 21 different rail training centres/institutions, with a geographical coverage of 18 countries.

As for all TEDP meetings, one part of the meeting was dedicated to topical presentations and workshops, the other part to the update on the latest developments of the Talent & Expertise Development unit/platform, including progress of work for the activities at the focus of the Platform for the next three years.

The first part dedicated to topical presentations and workshops started on the first day morning with presentations of apprenticeship system in Austria and ÖBB in particular with a campaign “Learning a profession at ÖBB”.
The campaign is called NASICHER! which means “for sure!”
See more at:

The second topical issue, ranking high on the ÖBB HR agenda is related to the VERA (“Virtual” European Rail Academy) study. The study has been commissioned by 22 CEO to identify potential areas of cooperation in order to meet major future challenges of the railway sector in the field of human resources. More operationally, the study should support UIC and CER in their ongoing activities to intensify the pooling of knowledge and resources. The study should identify concrete areas of cooperation and initiatives that can serve as a basis for a (VERA). The selected consultant presented the different phases of the project and started exchanges with the Platform’s members. Results of the study are expected in October 2019.
Additional presentations were related to ÖBB holding HR development and training organisation, as well as the training portfolio in ÖBB Produktion, with a special focus on the train driver training.

The second part of TEDP was dedicated to information and reporting about the latest developments at UIC in general, from the members and within the framework of the Talent & Expertise Development Platform.
The colleague from RZD presented their programme regarding exchanges of young talents.
Within the framework of the TEDP:

(1) World Congress on Rail Training (WCRT) 2019 “Unite, Inspire, Connect”
WCRT 2019 will take place in Rabat from 9 – 11 October 2019

A wide range of topics will be covered, including:

Development of competences
Human Factors
How to attract new generation
Management development cycle
Safety & SecurityTraining management cycle
Transfer of knowledge
Challenging mindsets

WCRT 2019 is also supporting talent attraction & retention with a new partnership option:

WCRT 2019 Partnership options

First option 8000- Euro : includes Congress booth, 5 minute partner presentation at the beginning of the Congress, 2 free tickets, logo on the front page (footer) of ppt-presentations, full-page advertisement in and logo on the back page of the congress booklet
New! Second option 8000.- Euro

WCRT2019 IS SUPPORTING TALENT ATTRACTION AND RETENTION! Involving young railway professionals, providing them with an opportunity to gain access to international exposure and offering a networking platform for young railway talent.

This will include 3 regular fee entries, logo on the front page (footer) of PowerPoint-presentations, half-page advertisement in booklet and logo on the back page of the congress booklet and 3 young professional entries.

The “young railway professionals” can either be newcomers to the company or students from partner company universities.

The partner will have a 5 minute slot at the beginning of the congress to deliver a presentation to the young professionals and to explain to the congress why the company decided to reward them with entry to the congress (e.g. made innovative research – were first during a recruitment day competition, etc.)

Free accommodation is provided for the young talents

All information, including sponsorship modalities, draft programme, abstracts, venue, as well as registration will be soon available at

(2) TrainRail – a new initiative in the frame of TALENT project for rail universities and training centres

The new board, created under the aegis of TEDP, was validated at the UIC General Assembly of December 2018.
TrainRail is a world-wide effort to offer all railway stakeholders a ‘one-stop-shop’ for education, training and learning resources, as well as pool expertise and resources of rail academia, corporate training centres and rail associations at a worldwide level.

The main objectives of TrainRail include reducing the gap between education offers and employer’s needs as well as to identify, support and boost, at the international level, initiatives towards youth to raise the attractiveness of rail jobs & professions.
An announcement to stakeholders will soon follow.

(3) ERTMS basic training

The purpose of the project is to develop an ERTMS basic online training course (targeted at young professionals, students, apprentices...) for all functional areas of the European railways, which should ensure standardisation of knowledge. The first module; “Basic Principles” was launched in March 2018 and has been publicly accessible online since then. Two additional modules for” train driver” and “Infrastructure Manager” will be developed in 2019-2020.

(4) Future of work & training

Group members which met twice since the last TEDP held in Riga in October 2018 agreed to focus the analysis on four selected sectors of railway activities ( traffic control, infrastructure maintenance, driving, train management) looking at the future technological trends on these activities and their impact on jobs/t-asks and training now, in 5 years, in 10 years.
The main scope of the research is to describe future railway work scenarios, make forecasts of impact on jobs and match the best L&D Technologies. The methodology is mainly by interviews to line and HR managers and by collecting comparable data.

The next meeting of the Talent & Expertise Development Platform is scheduled to be held in spring 2020 (the platform is organised once a year when the same year as WCRT).

UIC contact: Nathalie Amirault, Head of the UIC Talent & Expertise Development Unit: (soon released)

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UIC Safety Platform Steering Group meeting held on 27 March 2019 in Paris

The UIC Safety Platform Steering Group met at UIC headquarters in Paris on 27 March in order to discuss the latest developments pertaining to railway safety and to present safety innovations within the participants’ respective companies. Mr Rolf Härdi, CTO of Deutsche Bahn AG, chaired the meeting for the first time. The day began with a special workshop on innovation and featured presentations on new approaches and projects underway within the railways. These include applications for passenger assistance, maintenance automation, use of digital technologies in train operations, “smart” tools for railway employees to help prevent accents and laser radar obstacle detection, amongst others.

Ms Parinaz Bazeghi of UIC gave a presentation on the DIGIM (digital impact on business process) programme consisting of three projects, two of which are related to safety at level crossings and safety of visually-impaired passengers inside railway stations. To find out more, see

After the workshop, a number of members provided information on recent safety events on their networks. This was followed by a video on “Women in Safety”, produced by SNCF and presented by Ms Lauren Kahn, Manager of the SMS department at SNCF. The video has been translated into English by UIC and will shortly be available in French and English on the UIC railway talent platform: and UIC media library (“Safety” playlist). It is already available at

“SNCF au féminin” (“Women at SNCF”) project

The next item on the agenda was the “SNCF au féminin” network for gender diversity, founded in 2012 by a group of women at SNCF with the support of the company’s top management. 20% of SNCF’s employees are women. In the rolling stock and network maintenance sectors, women represent less than 10% of SNCF employees. The “Women in Safety” video was produced by the network to showcase the various jobs in the safety domain - traditionally regarded as a “male” sector - that are occupied by women. A further objective of the video is to attract new talent, particularly women.
Social media: #sncfaufeminin ;

Network Rail is currently running a programme to increase the proportion of female employees by up to 20% by 2020. UIC has asked its members to seek out information on similar initiatives being run within their respective organisations on to provide an update at the next steering group meeting.

The meeting also featured a presentation by Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Senior Safety Advisor and Lauren Benoît, who is in charge of audiovisual projects at UIC, on a playlist dedicated to safety in the UIC media library The aim of the initiative is to promote and share UIC and members’ videos relating to safety issues. The media library offers access to videos on a range of subjects such as employee and subcontractor safety at work, customer safety, safety at level crossings and on platforms, the risk of electrification, trespassing, etc. Ms Fonverne and Ms Benoît also presented the concept for the inaugural “Railway Safety Film Festival” to be held on 6 November 2019 at UIC HQ on the occasion of the UIC Safety Platform plenary meeting.

The afternoon sessions comprised a presentation from Simon Fletcher and Célia Lévy of UIC on the latest developments regarding the International Railway Solutions (IRSs), and an overview of the activities of the Safety Platform’s various advisory groups and taskforces. This was followed by another presentation by Isabelle Fonverne of UIC, this time providing information on the planned activities for the 2019 International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) campaign, which will include new posters and a video targeting professional drivers to be shared with all partners. Finally, Sophie Sérodon, also of UIC, gave a presentation on a project examining the interaction between wheels and composite brake blocks.

The next Safety Platform meeting will be hosted by DB AG in Berlin on 26 June.

For more information, please visit or contact Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Senior Advisor, Safety and Interoperability:

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Annual meeting of the RIC/A Special Group at UIC

In the first week of April, the annual meetings of the working sub-groups and plenary meeting of the RIC/A Special Group, chaired by Mr Philippe Vie (SNCF), were held at UIC. The RIC/A is a Special Group of UIC in the sense of the Statutes, the members of which may be UIC members or non-members. This SG manages the RIC and RIA Agreements and the Agreement on Technical Inspections of vehicles (ATI).

For information, the RIC Agreement regulates the exchange of passenger trains consisting of coaches and the RIA Agreement regulates the exchange of self-propelled units. These Agreements also govern the conditions of use and treatment of passenger rolling stock between respective RUs and the keepers who adhere to these Agreements.

General information concerning the evolution in the passenger sector, in particular the Passenger Forum, was presented by Mr Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department. The Passenger Forum will meet in Toledo, Spain on 12 July 2019 and also aims to address technical topics, such as RIC/A.

Amendments to these Agreements are presented and discussed at the RIC/A annual meetings.

One of the imperative amendments, also imposed by the European regulation in the framework of the cooperation between the RUs, is the project to harmonise and dematerialise quality controls of passenger rolling stock.

A common computerised system enables the following:

  • Have an image representative of the quality achieved by an RU or a holder with regard to the whole of its fleet exchanged within the framework of the RIC or RIA Agreements
  • Scrupulously respect the control process defined in the QMS since the controller relies on the software
  • Have an identical presentation of results to all members
  • Quickly inform the members concerned in the event of serious defects to equipment

The participants, taking into account the advantages of such a computerised system, gave the mandate to continue the work in order to propose its possible implementation during the next year.

The progressive application will soon allow to monitor the quality of the rolling stock exchanged in the cooperation, in order to maintain a good quality between the signatories by quickly taking the necessary common measures for an improvement of the situation.

For further information please contact Mr Jozef Fazik, Senior Advisor:

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Meeting of UIC Sabotage, Intrusions & Attacks Working Group (SIA WG) on 28 March 2019 in Berlin

UIC’s Sabotage, Intrusions & Attacks Working Group (SIA WG) deals with a variety of topics relating to railway system disruptions. The most recent meeting of the WG focused on politically-motivated interventions and military transport. The meeting was chaired by Marita-Annegret Grosser (DB AG) and the questions debated by the participants included:

  • What types of politically-motivated interventions have occurred in the past? What were their origins from a political point of view? Why the focus on rail transport?
  • What countermeasures have been implemented? Has cooperation with the investigating authorities been adapted accordingly?
  • Have there been any cross-border actions?

Erik Sandhill (Trafikverket) was unanimously elected as the new vice-chair of the WG during the meeting. UIC thanked him for his efforts and is looking forward to productive cooperation.

In the afternoon, a joint session with the COLPOFER WG was held on the topic of terrorism and extremist activities and the SHERPA (Shared and coHerent European Railway Protection Approach) EU project. SHERPA (running from 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2020) has received funding from the European Union’s Internal Security Fund for Police. The project aims to increase the overall level of protection of European stations and trains against terrorist attacks by reducing current knowledge gaps concerning the phenomenon and implementing multiple collaborative actions for the relevant stakeholders. The SHERPA consortium is composed of six partners: UIC, DB AG, FS S.p.A, PKP S.A., SNCB and SNCF, and is supported by an advisory board comprising CER, COLPOFER, RAILPOL, UITP, Nederlandse Spoorwegen and SBB.

Marie-Hélène Bonneau (UIC – Project Coordinator) and Delphine Beatse (SNCB – Leader of Work Package 2 (WP 2)) gave an overview of recent SHERPA activities and the outcome of the WP 2 regarding a coherent approach for terrorist risk assessment and management. Afterwards, Catherine Jarrige (SNCF – Leader of Work Package 3 (WP 3)) presented the content and planned activities for the current Work Package on analysis of emerging terrorism-related threats against stations and trains.

As insider threats are one of the topics of WP 3, the afternoon was dedicated to this topic and around 30 participants gave an insight into their procedures regarding insider threats. Focus points were, inter alia, the screening process for different employee groups/functions as well as for suppliers/service providers according to the requirements of EU and US sanction lists. The participants were from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Sweden.

The WG meeting concluded with a technical visit with operational security provider DB Sicherheit GmbH. The security guards demonstrated a training exercise with security dogs and a special response team for dealing with complex situations.

Forthcoming security events:

  • 12 April 2019: SHERPA EU project – workshop on emerging terrorism-related threats against stations and trains (Paris)
  • 18 – 20 June 2019: 5th UIC Security Week (Paris) – further information is available at:
  • 20 – 22 November 2019: 15th UIC World Security Congress (Prague)

For further information on the SHERPA project, please consult the website: or contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, UIC Security Division and Project Coordinator

The SIA WG remains open to UIC members. For further information, please contact Kathrin Faber, UIC Security Division

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Preparatory meeting for Crisis Management Seminar to be held from 14 – 16 May 2019 in Libreville, Gabon

Within the framework of UIC Africa’s regional activities, UIC, SNCF and ARTF experts met in Paris on 4 April 2019 in preparation for a crisis management seminar which will take place in Libreville, Gabon from 14 to 16 May 2019.

The seminar is being organised under the patronage of the Ministry of Transport of Gabon and will be co-hosted by UIC, UIC Africa, SETRAG and ARTF.

The three-day seminar will gather together technical experts from Gabon and a number of other African countries. The aims of the seminar are to provide an overview of crisis management in Gabon, to share experiences of crisis management in other African countries and in Europe, and to provide an opportunity for a table-top roleplay exercise.

The speakers will include representatives from SNCF, UIC, SETRAG, ARTF, CamRail, ANESRIF and other railways.

The proposal to organise the seminar was put forward during the International Conference on Railway Safety and Security Risks and Challenges, which took place in Djibouti on 28 and 29 March 2018. The proposal was then validated at the African Regional Assembly in December 2018 and was included in the programme for actions in 2019.

For more information on the workshop please contact Thierry Bera, Coordinator for the African Region:

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News from UIC members

Germany: Empowering global e-commerce, DB Schenker announces strategic alliance with ChannelAdvisor

DB Schenker, one of the world’s leading logistics providers, has announced a strategic partnership with ChannelAdvisor Corporation, a leading provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions that enable brands and retailers to increase global sales. The partnership will help enable DB Schenker’s customers to connect with over one hundred sales channels supported by ChannelAdvisor.

The turnover on online marketplaces has grown enormously and has left conventional e-commerce websites far behind. A scalable multi-channel solution is therefore essential in the current business environment. Vanessa Holl, Vice President E-commerce, Global Contract Logistics at DB Schenker explained: “We are continuously improving our service offering to customers beyond e-fulfilment, and our strategic partnership with ChannelAdvisor will offer them comprehensive access to key marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay at a global level”.

The partnership entrenches DB Schenker as a leading global provider in e-commerce logistics, offering a full range of warehouse-related services such as pick and pack, returns management and visibility alongside the supply chain. ChannelAdvisor customers will gain access to DB Schenker’s global network of shared facilities to enable best-in-class e-commerce order fulfilment.

“For most brands and retailers, a lack of a global logistics and fulfilment solution is a key factor inhibiting global expansion”, said Håkan Thyr, Director of Strategic Partnerships in EMEA at ChannelAdvisor. “Our alliance with DB Schenker will give our customers access to a leading and global solution to counteract that challenge.”

(Source: DB)

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News from UIC members

Russia: Russia and Kyrgyzstan agree to cooperate on development projects on Kyrgyz rail network

A memorandum of cooperation on projects to be developed on the Kyrgyz Republic’s rail network was concluded in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on 28 March 2019.

The document was signed by Yevgeny Dietrich, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, Oleg Belozerov, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of OJSC Russian Railways, Zhanat Beishenov, Minister of Transport and Roads of the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kanatbek Abdykerimov, Managing Director of State Enterprise National Company Kyrgyz Temir Jolu (Kyrgyz Railways).

The memorandum notes positive developments and effective joint actions to develop a preliminary feasibility study for projects for the phased development of the rail network in the Kyrgyz Republic, particularly the completion of the first stage of documentation in February this year.

The document indicates that construction of a China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway line and a railway junction linking Kyrgyzstan’s northern and southern regions are amongst the projects being considered.

According to the results of the preliminary feasibility study, the parties intend to submit proposals for participation in projects to develop Kyrgyzstan’s rail network.

(Source: RZD)

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News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: Increasing rail transport efficiency improves the logistics climate

Management from KTZ– Freight transportation JSC took part in a meeting of representatives of the Ministry of National Economy, together with Almaty-based entrepreneurs, held within the framework of a comprehensive plan of measures to improve indicators for “Doing Business”.

Emil Mahmudov, Director of the Department of Marketing and Development of Services at KTZ – Freight transportation JSC, provided information on the work carried out within the company to improve the logistics climate and the logistics development index (LPI), as well as the international trade indicators for the “Doing Business” rating.

KTZ – Freight transportation JSC, together with the relevant ministries and shippers, have optimised technological processes, reducing transportation times for a number of goods for export, as well as shippers’ financial costs.

A transformation programme is currently being implemented for transportation processes. The purpose of the programme is to simplify the procedures for registration and coordination of transport documents.

KPIs have also been put in place to improve business processes and to monitor the effectiveness of transportation activities.

The introduction of an automated “Contract and commercial work” control system has significantly simplified the process of working with customers and has reduced the time taken to perform work.

Electronic bills of lading are currently registered by 456 stations. Registration of electronic transportation documents using paperless technology has commenced for all empty cars owned by Kaztemirtrans JSC.

Agreements on data and information exchange and paperless transportation of goods have been signed with the railways of Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. Testing of data transmission in electronic consignment notes is being carried out, and plans are underway to launch data exchange for invoices in the near future.

(Source: KTZ)

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