Seminar on “Rehabilitation of old rolling stock: a reliable economic solution for the modernisation and optimisation of the fleet”

3 – 4 March 2018 at Algiers International Conference Centre

A Seminar on “Rehabilitation of old rolling stock: a reliable economic solution for the modernisation and optimisation of the fleet” took place from 3 – 4 March in Algiers at the International Conference Centre under the patronage of the Algerian Minister of Public Works and Transport.

The two-day seminar was jointly organised by UIC, SNTF and CFTM, as part of the 34th meeting of the CFTM and inauguration of the new Coradia Algiers-Oran train, and was attended by over 200 participants.

The seminar opened with an official ceremony and welcome address delivered by the Minister of Public Works and Transport Mr Abdelghani Zaalane, General Director of SNTF Mr Yacine Bendjaballah, a recorded video-message of UIC Director General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux – presented by Mr Thierry Bera, UIC Coordinator of the UIC Africa Region & Chief Financial officer.

In the opening speech the Minister underlined that the State supported the Railways of Algeria in the renovation and rehabilitation of its infrastructure, stating that renewing traction and transport equipment was an economic and efficient solution required to implement effective economic policies and to maintain the necessary quality. The priority of the agenda of the 34th CFTM meeting and of the seminar was to learn about modern technologies, exchange experience and best practices.

In the video message Mr Loubinoux presented the UIC-Africa region programme, stressed the importance of the Africa region within UIC, and outlined the main events of 2018 including the upcoming Conference of Railway Safety and Security in Djibouti from 28 – 29 March, the training sessions in Rabat in spring and in autumn, and a Digital Conference in Addis Ababa in October.
Mr Bera explained the work of UIC and invited members of CFTM to join the UIC working groups.

The four panels of the seminar focused on: Existing rolling stock and infrastructure and methods used; Why is refurbishment of old rolling stock worthwhile?; Expertise in refurbishment and modernisation of railway rolling stock and Sharing expertise and Labour force skills across networks. Speakers included representatives of SNTF, ONCF and Alstom. UIC was represented by Jean-Georges Heintz, UIC expert, who presented OTIF European and International Regulations as well as work managed by UIC in the domain of dangerous goods; Bernard Penners, UIC Head of Safety Division, presented the human factors aspect; the UIC Consultant Jésus Providence Niazaire, spoke about maintenance, and Maria Lafont, UIC Finance Projects & Africa Region. During the seminar the aspect of joint railway cooperation between North-South, South-South and UIC was underlined by all participants.

The seminar presentations followed by Q&A periods enabled interesting discussions to be held between experts of different domains on modernisation of rolling stock. In his conclusions Thierry Bera stressed the importance of fleet renovation as a major economic, human-factor and environmental issue of tomorrow and UIC’s cooperation with Africa Region.

Video message delivered by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux during the opening ceremony:

For further information about the UIC African Region please contact Thierry Bera:

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Senior rail executives debated a wide range of topics at the recent 6th International Railway Summit, hosted by IRITS Events and organised in association with UIC in Prague

The 6th International Railway Summit, hosted by IRITS Events and organised in association with UIC was held in Prague over a busy three days from 21 – 23 February.

International Railway Summit is a meeting of senior executives representing the world’s key railway operators, railway infrastructure management companies, national and local governments, rolling stock manufacturers and a wide range of solution providers.

It included the core summit programme of debates with a parallel series of one-to-one consultations, technical visits with, of course, ample opportunity for formal and informal networking.

The 116 delegates representing 84 companies, associations, and organisations from 23 countries actively participated in the conference programme on ‘Improving passenger experience and customer satisfaction’, chaired by Simon Fletcher, UIC’s Director Standards and Coordinator Europe.

Elisabeth Werner, Director of Land Transport at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG Move), Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General, UIC and Libor Lochman, Executive Director, CER were amongst the presenters of keynote speeches. There were also lively panel discussions, technical reviews and contributions from prominent figures within the rail sector.

During the two-day conference, speakers from around the world offered opinion and technical solutions related to the impact of high-speed rail on society, the competitiveness of rail, safety & security, global megatrends, the future of rolling stock and the important topic of addressing passenger satisfaction, at this event, in an urban context.

UIC member companies provided the location for the technical visits Czech Railways’ Prague depot and SŽDC’s newly-opened Balabenka control centre.
The 7th International Railway Summit will take place in Frankfurt from 20 – 22 February 2019.

Organisations interested in learning more about International Railway Summit and about how they can participate in the event can visit or contact the organisers, International Railway Journal and IRITS Events.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux speaking during the summit:

For further information please contact Simon Fletcher, UIC Director for Standards and Coordinator Europe:

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Don’t forget to register for the 1st UIC Global Signalling Conference!

Delegate registration:

Exhibitor registration:

Sponsor registration:

Following the long successful history of ERTMS Conferences (Brussels February-March 2016, Istanbul April 2014, Stockholm March 2012, Malaga March-April 2009…), the International Union of Railways (UIC), in close cooperation with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS Group), is organising the 1st UIC Global Conference on Signalling, focusing on “The Evolution of ERTMS” in Milan, from 25 – 28 March 2018.
This will be a worldwide forum for stakeholders, professionals, local authorities, research institutes and anyone interested in understanding the current trends of modern railway signalling and how the ERTMS system is evolving in the world.

Schedule of the conference:
Sunday 25 March: 18:00 Drinks reception at Milan MiCo Convention Centre
Monday 26 to Tuesday 27th March included: Programme sessions
Monday 26 March: Gala dinner
Wednesday 28 March: Technical visits

Information about Technical Visits:
Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A., as host country and partner of the conference, offers you two choices for the technical visits on the last day of the conference: registration online via the website is included on your registration form:
For any questions regarding the technical visits please contact:

For further information please contact:

Dr Marc Antoni, Director of UIC Rail System Dept.: General Supervisor,

Mr Piero Petruccioli, Coordinator of the UIC CCS & TLC sector Sector: program, technical content, technical visits,

Mrs Barbara Mouchel, General Coordinator of the event: overall organisation,

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Time Table Expert Group (TTEG) of MERITS meeting held from 1 – 2 March 2018 in Utrecht

The MERITS Time Table Expert Group (TTEG) meeting was held from 1 – 2 March 2018 in Utrecht at the kind invitation of NS International.

The TTEG is the community of Railway Undertakings that publishes consolidated timetables, services and station data (MERITS data) to be used by railway undertakings in information systems to support journey planners and booking activities.

24 participants representing 13 railway companies were present including two representatives from EURAIL GIE.

UIC was represented by Marc Guigon Director of the UIC Passenger Department, Fabrice Setta, Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport and Joachim Baars, Expert on Timetables.

Mr Henk Hoppener from NS International presented the NS overview and its organisation for timetable publication.

Marc Guigon welcomed the participants and outlined the latest developments within the UIC Passenger Department and the UIC Passenger three-year work programme 2019-2021.

Angelina Rotolo-Piazza (DB Vertrieb, as data manager) reported on the Merits data management activity and proposed improvements to enhance the quality of MERITS.
Henk Hoppener presented the current status of the MERITS Steering Board (MSB).
Fabrice Setta presented the outcomes of the MSB meetings until now, including:

  • Data provider Agreement
  • User General Terms & Conditions
  • MERITS catalogue
  • MERITS business & financial model

Frank Martini (HaCon) provided a quick overview of the current version of the MERITS tools, encouraged the MERITS members to test the TAP-TSI functionalities. Then he explained in depth the configuration for the Meta stations and how these data are used within journey planners.

Joachim Baars (UIC) presented some issues concerning quality of data and encouraged members to review their warnings and errors within the import and integration reports to enhance the data quality.

The next meeting will be held from 4 – 5 October 2018 (to be confirmed) in Frankfurt at the king invitation of DB.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department:

Or Fabrice Setta, UIC Senior Advisor Passenger Transport:

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Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS) working group meeting in Paris

The latest meeting of the Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS) group was held on 28 February at UIC Paris Headquarters. There were representatives of PKP SKM, JR-East, BLS, Renfe, and Korail. UIC was represented by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, Mr Marc Guigon, Director of the Passenger Department, Mrs Beatrix Perrot, Assistant and Mrs Vanessa Pérez, Advisor for the same department.

Two main issues were addressed during the meeting: the organisation and planification of the triannual working plan and the organisation of the III Training in Commuter and Regional Trains Services to be held at the end of May in Warsaw, hosted by PKP.

Over the next few months, the group will continue working in a continuous process of comparative evaluation of products, services and processes common to the railway operators of commuter and regional trains in collaboration with other UIC departments such as Safety and Security and other organisations such as UITP. This group is open to all UIC members, so do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to participate.

The next opportunity to join the group will be during the III Training on Commuter and Regional Trains to be held in Warsaw from 28 – 30 May hosted by PKP, which will bring together authorities, the supply industry, international organisations and operators to share their vision on the different aspects involving the Commuter and Regional Train Services.

The programme and practical information about the training will be soon available on the UIC website.

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez Miranda, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

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Follow up of the MoU signed by UIC, the European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL), and the World Association of Tourist Trams and Trains (WATTRAIN)

The European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL) and the World Association of Tourist Trams and Trains (Wattrain) represented by their President, Mr David Morgan, and UIC, represented by its Director General, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 27 April 2017 in Paris in the framework of the TopRail (Tourism Opportunities for Railways) activity.

On 19 February Mr David Morgan, President of Wattrain, Mr John Fuller, representative of Fedecrail to the TopRail group and Peter Lewis, Wattrain webmaster met Mr Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department and Mrs Vanessa Perez, Product Manager of TopRail and Mr Aymeric Boniou, UIC webmaster to follow up the MoU signed in 2017.

Almost one year after the signature of the MoU, representatives from the three institutions renewed the agreed to cooperate with each other through undertaking active collaboration in the pursuit of two main common objectives: to enhance the visibility and acknowledge tourism opportunities by rail and to increase rail’s share of the tourist market.

Focus was placed on collaboration in four concrete areas:

Website and social network
The three organisations are convinced of the importance of developing their websites and looking for synergies between them to foster tourism in the railways.

As part of the development of the MOU, the three associations will plan to collaborate (alone or with institutions or universities) in the creation of reports with figures to reinforce the idea of the importance of the Tourism on Rails around the world.

“Around the World in 80 trains” book
Wattrain and Fedecrail will collaborate on the identification of iconic trains around the world to be referenced in this UIC project to be developed within this year.

TopRail Forum
Wattrain and Fedecrail will send representatives to the first TopRail Forum to be held in Barcelona 20 and 21 April 2018.

To know more about TopRail’s activity please visit

Or contact Vanessa Pérez, UIC Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

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SmartRail 2018 – building the digital railway of the future

As the annual strategic technology conference for mainline rail, SmartRail is a must-attend event for all railway industry stakeholders including infrastructure managers, operators, solutions providers and governments.

Taking place in Amsterdam on 17-19 April 2018, SmartRail features 80+ experts working in rail technology today such as:

  • Roger van Boxtel, Chief Executive Officer, Nederlandse Spoorwegen
  • Ezequiel Lemos, President, Trenes Argentinos Cargas
  • Dr Bashar Al Malek, Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Railway Company
  • Bart Schmeink, Chief Executive Officer, Transdev Netherlands
  • Alexandra van Huffelen, Chief Executive Officer, GVB Amsterdam
  • Craig Ellis, Group Chief Technology Officer, The Go-Ahead Group
  • Marc Antoni, Director of the Rail System Department, UIC

What’s new for 2018?

  • A global conference: SmartRail will bring together rail industry leaders from around the world, with speakers from the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa.
  • Three streams of exclusive content: Alongside plenary sessions on cyber security and industry collaboration, the conference will feature three streams dedicated to infrastructure management, signalling, telecoms, and train operations.
  • Brand new freight rail session: For the first time, SmartRail will have an entire session dedicated to freight rail on the second day of the conference, looking at major issues facing freight rail and cost-effective strategies for improving reliability and service.
  • Brand new Mobility-as-a-Service session: Day 2 will have a session on making journeys easy for the modern passenger, bringing together leading experts in ticketing, mobility, and customer satisfaction.
  • Workshop day: Day 3 will see the launch of a brand-new workshop day, packed with interactive workshop sessions on a range of topics including predictive maintenance and cyber security.
  • Site visits: Thanks to support from Nederlandse Spoorwegen and ProRail, delegates will have the opportunity to visit key local rail sites in Amsterdam and experience developments first-hand.

If you’re looking to meet, network and learn from railway leaders from around the world, then SmartRail is the ideal event.

UIC members can get a 15% discount on the delegate ticket price. Quote UIC15 when registering.

The early bird date ends on 16th March so please book before then to save up to €300.

To find out more or to contact the organisers please visit the website:

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Instagram account of the week

Today we are putting the spotlight on Deutsche Bahn, member of the UIC Europe Region

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News from UIC members

Germany: DB Cargo – Smart and quiet freight wagons to promote growth in rail freight transport

DB Cargo to equip the entire fleet with smart sensors, smart telematics systems and whisper breaks by 2020

DB Cargo continues to digitalise its freight wagon fleet: by 2020, every one of the roughly 70,000 wagons in Germany will be fitted with state-of-the-art sensors and telematics systems. Some 19,000 wagons will be retrofitted this year, with the remaining 50,000 to follow by 2020. A total of 1,000 wagons have already been equipped with smart technology. The Management Board of DB Cargo recently approved tens of millions in investment in smart wagon technology between now and 2020.

Wagons equipped with GPS and other sensor technology will benefit DB Cargo customers directly. GPS will enable direct, constant wagon tracking, which in turn will make it possible to calculate estimated time of arrival. The sensors will also provide information about whether each wagon is full or empty and about the temperature and humidity levels inside the wagon. Such information is key to ensuring effective end-to-end supply chains for customers. If paper reels, for example, are too damp when they arrive at the printing works, they cannot be used immediately to print newspapers. The wagon sensors will also be able to detect mechanical factors, such as bumps that occur during shunting.

“In a world of ever-increasing digitalisation, today’s customers expect a high level of service – they want to know, in real time, where their freight is, when it will arrive and what condition it is in,” says Dr Roland Bosch, the CEO of DB Cargo. “This is why we are retrofitting our entire fleet with digital technology. We are also dedicated to sustainability, and so we are making sure that our wagons are also low-noise. We want to offer a digital, low-noise wagon fleet which shows our customers how serious we are about performance, and which ultimately helps shift more traffic to rail.”

By 2020, DB Cargo will be retrofitting all the freight wagons than run in Germany with “whisper” brakes or leasing low-noise wagons for them. Whisper brakes keep the wheel service smooth when the brakes are applied, halving the noise emissions generated by the wheels as they roll. Some two-thirds of DB Cargo’s own fleet has already been retrofitted, with nearly 11,000 more wagons scheduled for retrofitting in 2018.

(Source: Deutsche Bahn)

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News from UIC members

United States: FRA announces $73 million available for rail capital projects and operating assistance

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced on 15 February that it is accepting applications for $73 million in grant funding for projects that can strengthen intercity passenger rail, support capital projects and boost safety initiatives that may include the implementation of positive train control, improved highway-rail grade crossings, and congestion mitigation.

“These grants are important resources in the Department’s ongoing efforts to strengthen our Nation’s overall rail systems, deploy positive train control and improve highway-rail grade crossings,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said.

The funding, made available through new grant programs, is authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and funded through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017. These grants are expected to leverage private, state and local investments to boost a wide range of rail projects, including the potential for implementing positive train control, improving highway-rail grade crossings, mitigating congestion, repairing or replacing railroad assets, and enhancing intercity passenger rail transportation.

This announcement and solicitation reflects the White House’s Infrastructure principles, including: (A) Supporting economic vitality at the national and regional level; (B) Leveraging Federal funding to attract other, non-Federal sources of infrastructure investment, as well as accounting for the life-cycle costs of the project; (C) Using innovative approaches to improve safety and expedite project delivery; and (D) Holding grant recipients accountable for their performance and achieving specific, measurable outcomes identified by grant applicants.

Funds will be dispersed through the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program and the Restoration and Enhancement Grants program.

The notices of funding opportunity (NOFO) have been submitted to the Federal Register and will be publishing shortly. To view the NOFOs, visit and .

At least 25 percent, or $17 million, of CRISI’s $68 million in funding will be used for rural projects like highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects. Another $10 million is available for certain capital projects like rail line relocation and improvement or grade separation projects that contribute to the safe initiation or restoration of intercity passenger rail service. A portion of funding from the CRISI and Restoration and Enhancement programs—$2.2 million set-aside for Special Transportation Circumstances—is directed to grants for freight or intercity passenger rail capital projects in Alaska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

(Source: US DoT)

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News from UIC members

Iran: UIC Member Iranian Railways (RAI) will attend Trans Russia 2018 Exhibition

The 23rd International Exhibition for Transport and Logistics Services and Technologies Trans Russia/Trans Logistica 2018 will take place 17 – 19 April 2018 in Moscow at the Crocus Expo IEC. Trans Russia is the largest exhibition for professionals in cargo shipments, transportation and logistics in Russia, CIS and Baltic states with more than 400 participant companies from 30 countries including the National Pavilion of Islamic Republic of Iran. Iranian Railways together with four other international rail and transport and logistics companies will participate in this exhibition. The exhibition helps to develop the transport industry as well as the efficient cooperation of all its participants.

The International Conference for Cargo Owners, Carriers and Logistics Specialists TransRussia 2018 will be held as a part of the exhibition from 17 – 19 April 2018, in which Iranian Railways will take part and the development of cooperation with Iranian Railways and transport/transit from/to Iran will be discussed.

Over 700 delegates will participate in the conference, including government officials, CEOs of the largest Russian and international transportation and logistics companies, cargo owners and leading experts in the industry.

More information on this exhibition is available in the links below:

(Source: Iranian Railways)

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News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: The country’s transport infrastructure contributes to the development of logistics services in East-West links

On 21 – 22 February this year the delegation of JSC NC KTZ took part in the "Strategic partnership 1520: Central Europe” international railway business forum in Vienna.

Maksat Kabashev, Vice President for development of JSC NC KTZ gave a speech at the session entitled “Eurasian Logistics. Monetization of distances”.

He explained the priority directions of the development of the transport and logistics complex of Kazakhstan, and spoke about measures for the development of multimodal logistics, freight transportation, the implementation of the “Digital Railway” project, and the provision of a barrier-free transport environment.

The basic point in the formation of transcontinental service through the territory of Kazakhstan is the logistics assets in the port of Lianyungang. Regular service in trains from/to Kazakhstan via Dry Port to FEZ Khorgos-Eastern Gate on the Kazakhstan-Chinese border is established, which is a consolidating and distribution point for transit cargo flows through Kazakhstan, including towards Europe.

An additional impetus for the growth of traffic in the East-West communication is the entry in 2017 by the international shipping company COSCO and the port of Lianyungang into the capital of the Dry Port in the territory of the FEZ Khorgos - Eastern Gate. This strategic partnership is a catalyst for increasing traffic volumes, attracting new customers and investments.

“For the development of the East-West corridor, we set the task to bring the speed of transit container trains in the China-Europe transport connection to a level not less than 1150 km/day, improve processes and minimise the time of container handling at Dostyk and Altynkol stations,” said Mr Kabashev.

The Vice President for Development noted that in order to further increase the volume of transit traffic in the East-West transport connection, in the conditions of high competition with sea transport and increasing the requirements of customers to the level of service, it is necessary to step up joint work in a number of directions.

In particular, it is necessary to ensure an increase in the speed of the train on the entire route from the point of departure to the destination point not less than 1200 km per day or more, to improve the efficiency of using fitting platforms and containers.

Mr Kabashev also noted the need to increase the capacity of border crossings on the border with Europe, to increase the volumes of the backload in the direction of Europe-China, and also to develop the transport of goods using paperless technologies.

The heads of national railway companies, the transport block of the European Commission, international organisations, representatives of transport and logistics, machine-building and construction companies of the EU and CIS countries participated in the “Strategic Partnership 1520: Central Europe” international railway business forum.

(Source: KTZ)

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10th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail to be held from 8 – 11 May 2018 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey

The 10th World Congress on High Speed Rail, jointly organised by UIC, the worldwide railway organisation, and Turkish State Railways TCDD together with CMS Project, will take place from 8 – 11 May 2018 2018 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey.

To register please visit the dedicated conference webiste:

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department:

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 20-21 May 2019 Seminar on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2018-2020 Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21-23 May 2019 UIC-ADB Asia-Pacific Railway Innovations Forum Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21 May 2019 Preparatory Group 94th General Assembly Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 23 May 2019 27th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 3-5 June 2019 1st Digital Conference Brussels
  • 15-16 June 2019 UIC Middle-East Regional Assembly Amman, Jordan
  • 18-20 June 2019 UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 24 June 2019 28th European Regional Assembly Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 Executive Board Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 94 General Assembly Budapest
  • 26 June 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting DB AG BERLIN
  • 12 September 2019 European Management committee Assistants
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Pietrarsa Napoli - Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 6 November 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 6 November 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2019 95th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 10 December 2019 European Management committee Paris
  • 10 December 2019 29 European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 11 December 2019 Executive Board Paris
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris

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