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UIC is participating in the 24th Conference of the Parties – COP – in Katowice, Poland

UIC is participating in the 24th Conference of the Parties – COP – in Katowice, Poland. The Conference of the Parties will take place from 2 – 14 December. UIC is accredited by the United Nations as a recognised organisation, to participate in major global events such as COP.

A UIC delegation will join events from 6 – 8 December and promote UIC Member activities towards a more sustainable future and their commitments to fight climate change.

Prior to COP, UIC has contributed to the Talanoa Dialogue. An outcome of COP23, the Talanoa Dialogue gathers input from countries, NGOs and so on displaying and detailing their commitments to keep in line with the goal of the Paris Agreement and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). UIC organised an event recognised as actively contributing to the Talanoa Dialogue: the first UIC workshop on sustainable door-to-door solutions in Warsaw on 14 November 2018.

For COP24, UIC signed a tri-partite partnership agreement with UNFCCC – United Nations Climate Change and UITP – International Association of Public Transport.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, acknowledged the signature of this partnership:

UIC will be present at Katowice for COP24. This will be an opportunity to highlight the role that railways can play in the sustainable development of modern societies. Since COP21 and the pledge made by all the members of our association, a great many actions have been implemented to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Participating in Katowice will also help pool our efforts with our UNFCCC partners, with UITP for urban mobility and with SLoCaT.

On 6 December UIC will actively contribute to the Transport Day, an initiative by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and organised by CIVITAS – Cleaner and Better Transport in Cities and PPMC – Paris Process on Mobility and Climate. On that day UIC will co-organise a break-out session on adaptation to climate change with the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) and Mr John Dora Consulting Ltd, advisor on resilience to weather and climate change. The full programme can be found here:

http://www.ppmc-transport.org/transportday2018/

On 7 December, UIC will participate in a UNFCCC Facebook Live video along with UITP in the morning and in the Marrakech Partnership event: the Global Climate Action Transport Action Event taking place on the afternoon of the 7th from 3 to 6pm. Following this UIC is co-hosting an official side-event with the International Transport Forum – ITF and UITP, from 6.30 to 8pm in room 5 at COP. The focus of the event will be on decarbonising transport.

Find out more about COP24 on the dedicated website:

http://www.cop24.katowice.eu/ and on the UNFCCC website: https://unfccc.int/

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

philippe@uic.org

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Moving low-carbon transportation forward at COP24

One focus area of discussions at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice (COP24, 2-14 December) will be on the importance of swiftly transitioning to low-carbon transport to address the impact of climate change.

The transportation sector has seen faster emissions growth than any other over the last 50 years. Transport is responsible for 23% of the global energy-related carbon emissions and is a major source of air pollution. Research from C40 Cities shows that the improvement of public transport could prevent the premature deaths of nearly one million people per year from air pollution and traffic fatalities worldwide.

The sector has a huge opportunity to promote solutions to climate change and leaders will be showcasing best practices at COP24. For example, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) will advocate for more and better public transport and sustainable rail mobility.

E-mobility will also be one of the main topics under discussion at COP24. Ahead of the conference, Michał Kurtyka, President of COP24, presented the “Driving Change Together Partnership”, a new initiative for the development of zero-emission transport.

A modal shift to fight climate change
Poland has already gathered experience in implementing legislation and projects linked to electromobility, including through a program implemented by UITP. Since 2013, the global network of public transport stakeholders has coordinated the “Zero Emission Urban Bus System” (ZeEUS), aimed at testing electrification solutions at the heart of urban bus system networks through live demonstrations.

This year, the project organizers shared their results in the Polish capital and nine other cities. In Warsaw, it was demonstrated that electric buses are fully substitutable for their diesel counterparts on the same route, bus line 222, which passes through the congested center as well as the historic part of the city. Local bus operator MZA aims to keep pursuing the zero-emission path started with the program by expanding its fleet to 30 electric buses in 2018 and purchasing 130 e-buses between 2019 and 2020.

ZeEUS and other projects demonstrate UITP’s support to national commitments and implementation on public transport which will allow countries to be more ambitious on climate change in support of the Paris Agreement. By signing UITP’s Declaration on Climate Leadership, the sector has committed to support the doubling of the market share of public transport by 2025 and pledged over 350 projects to climate action in over 80 cities around the world.

Rail transportation on the low carbon track
UIC, a worldwide rail organisation with 240 members spanning five continents, already demonstrated climate leadership by launching its Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge at COP21 in 2015.

Total worldwide rail activity generates less than 5% of energy-related carbon emissions from transport, which shows that rail can also be a key part of the solution to the climate challenge.

During COP24, PKP, Poland’s railway operator and a member of UIC, will present an exhibition at the train station of Katowice to demonstrate ecological solutions available on its railway, such as electric vehicle charging stations, a hybrid locomotive and a mobile charging station.

“2018 brought great opportunities and partnerships for the railway sector around innovation to lower rail’s environmental impact and door to door solutions to support a modal shift. It also brought encouraging results as UIC members happen to be well ahead of our time to answer great challenges faced by the industry such as lower greenhouse gas emissions” said UIC Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux. “Let’s hope this 2018 Conference of Parties will be a great opportunity to further increase rail attractiveness and show how rail is one of the most sustainable modes of transport.”

UITP and UIC events at COP24
UITP and UIC will take part in the following events on public transportation and sustainable development in the rail sector:

  • “Global Climate Action – Action Event: Transport” / December 7th / 15:00-18:00 / GCA Action Hub
  • “Policy Pathways for Decarbonising Transport” / December 7th / 18:30-20:00 / Pieniny

In parallel, UITP and UIC will also participate in the COP 24 Transport Day, jointly organized by the European Commission’s CIVITAS Initiative, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) on behalf of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC), and hosted and supported by the City of Katowice:

  • Transport Day COP24 - Breakout Session 1A: “Electrification of Public Transport” & Breakout Session 1C: “Adaptation: Adapting to new climate in the transport sector” / December 6th / 11:30-12:45 / Miejski Dom Kultury”, ul. Markiefki 44a, 40-213 Katowice

UITP will also conduct a public awareness campaign at COP24 in partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to highlight the role that public transportation can play to protect the health of urban populations.

“UITP will continue to work with our members, sectoral colleagues and all interested parties to advocate for sustainable mobility. Public transport needs three to four times less energy (per passenger) than individual cars and moves people in greater numbers. Thus, we can reduce emissions and fight climate change together. UITP looks ahead to COP24 to work with our partners in making the case for the role of public transport in climate action”, said UITP Secretary General, Mohamed Mezghani.

About partnerships between UN Climate Change and non-Party stakeholders
The partnership with UITP and UIC is part of a series of partnerships between UN Climate Change and relevant stakeholders to support climate action. The partnerships for COP24 promote increased involvement of non-Party stakeholders as foreseen in the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA).

The MPGCA was a launched at COP22 by the Conference of the Parties, explicitly welcoming climate action of all non-Party stakeholders, including the private sector, to help implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement. All entities of society and business are strongly encouraged to scale up their efforts and support actions to reduce emissions, as well as to build resilience and decrease vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change.

More information is available here https://unfccc.int/about-us/partnerships

(Source: UNFCCC)

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40th ASEAN Railway CEOs’ Conference was held from 26 – 29 November 2018 in Myanmar

The 40th ASEAN Railway CEOs’ Conference was held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar from 26 – 29 November 2018. This annual event, currently rotating every year among six countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar), is the occasion to receive a regular update on the latest developments and progress that occur in each of the seven participating countries (Laos is the seventh one), and it is expected that the Philippines will re-join the Grouping by 2019, after 15 years of absence, while Singapore is also in the waiting (Brunei, the 10th ASEAN country member, currently has no railway network).

Over the two days, the ARCEO presented the activities of the participating railway networks (Myanmar Railways / MR, State Railways of Thailand / SRT, Vietnam Railways / VNR, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Cambodia / MPWT, PT. Kereta Api Indonesia / KAI, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad / KTM, Lao Railways Authority / LR), split into three groups with parallel sessions: CEO Group, Technical Working Group and Marketing & Operation Group.

UIC is now a regular Special Guest, and Milko Papazoff, UIC ASEAN Representative, delivered a presentation ("Sustainable Urban Development – Railways and its Interfaces with the Urban Areas") during the Plenary Session on the first day (27 November 2018) after the screening of two videos: message from UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux and “UIC at a Glance”.

On the second day, UIC was invited to join the Technical Visit organised for the CEO Group (MR Carriage and Wagon Workshop in Myitnge, and tour of Mandalay City and its surroundings), returning to Naypyitaw on the RBE Special Train of MR.
This has also been an auspicious occasion to meet, in a very friendly and convivial manner, with all the Delegations and their Heads present at the event, and further explore a close cooperation between the ASEAN Railways Grouping and UIC, recalling the recent membership of PNR of the Philippines and SRT of Thailand. MR expressed its keen willingness to become a UIC member and is ready to attend the 27th UIC Asia Pacific Regional Assembly, due to be held in Manila, the Philippines, from 21 – 24 May 2019.

MR also has several demands of cooperation on UIC standards and IRS (rolling stock assembly, brake systems, etc.).

Please watch Mr Loubinoux’s speech here:

For further information please contact Milko Papazoff, UIC ASEAN Representative:

fapmilko@gmail.com

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Bilateral meetings between UIC and different private Hyperloop companies held on 27 November 2018 in Paris

The recent development of different Hyperloop initiatives in various regions of the world have raised some recurring questions, which address both technical and business aspects, as well as standardisation issues.

UIC, as a worldwide transport forum, has identified the potential of Hyperloop systems as a new and disruptive guided ground system mode and is taking the initiative to organise meetings on the subject.

In relation to the abovementioned, on 27 November, a bilateral meeting took place between UIC and some of the companies that are currently developing a consortium to create a Hyperloop system.

On behalf of the UIC Rail System Department (RSD), several of its members including the Director Marc Antoni attended the meeting, as well as the Chairman of the Train, Track & Interaction Sector (TTI) of the UIC Rail System Forum (RSF), Pierre-Etienne Gautier.

Representatives of the following private Hyperloop companies attended the meeting: TransPod (Canada), Hyper Poland (Poland) and Hardt Hyperloop (the Netherlands) and Zeleros (Spain), which signed between them a common agreement to work towards common standardisation and coordinate efforts facing states, including members of the European Union, and regulatory/standardisation bodies, trying to streamline operations and reach highest system potential.

The meeting was planned to be an open forum between UIC and these Hyperloop companies for discussion of the background, the progress of the state of the art in Hyperloop technologies and ecosystem, identifying remaining challenges and priorities, leaving an open possibility for a future institutional collaboration in order to achieve more quickly a higher level of maturity of this transport system.

The main subjects discussed at the meeting were the future framework of Hyperloop, standardisation, certification and homologation, interoperability, system safety requirements, risk analysis, sustainability, feasibility and business cases.

UIC was presented to these four companies as a neutral and non-profit platform association for the promotion of railway transport at global level, bringing together more than 200 members on all five continents, among them railway undertakings, infrastructure managers, railway service providers, etc; also explaining the role that it plays nowadays in the standardisation framework and its aims in terms of future intermodality.

For further information please contact David Villalmanzo Resusta, Senior Infrastructure Advisor:

resusta@uic.org

Or David Mirayo, Senior Infrastructure Advisor:

mirayo@uic.org

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Anniversary event of Women in Transport – EU Platform for Change

Hosted by European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc

UIC participated in the conference on “How to attract women to the transport sector” which was held in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday 27 November 2018.

With only 22% of women, the transport sector is not gender balanced. The objective of the Women in Transport - EU Platform for Change (hereafter the Platform), launched on 27 November 2018, is to strengthen women’s employment and equal opportunities for women and men in the transport sector thanks to the actions brought about by the Platform members. It will also serve as a forum to discuss and exchange good practice.

The conference, which brought together representatives from companies and employer organisations, transport workers and worker organisations, researchers and academics, public authorities and non-governmental organisations, was a dynamic and interactive day.

The morning’s discussions focused on work-life balance and possible economically-viable solutions to improve transport workers’ choice of shifts, while the afternoon’s discussions aimed at gathering positive insights on the attractions of the transport sector for women, to be used to fight negative stereotypes.

The outcome of two studies were discussed. The first one, “Making the EU transport attractive to future generations” can already be consulted online: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/social/studies/social_en

Based on case studies, the second one looks at measures that companies can put in place to increase their gender balance.

Commissioner Violeta Bulc was present in the afternoon for an exchange of views with the audience. She is a strong believer that the future of transport depends heavily on how we will address the above challenges and said “There is a chance that by 2030 we will be close to 40% of women in transport (today we are 22%)…but we have to act...”

Gender balance and opportunities are underpinning aspects of the UIC TALENT project, whose overall purpose is to enhance the attractiveness and retainment of talents in the railway sector. Improving diversity is not only a necessity for companies to be successful, but more than that diversity has also proven to be a “positive business case”. It helps companies access a new labour pool and enhances a company’s reputation and image. For many companies, interactions between diverse employees also spark creativity and improve innovation efforts.

Visit the webpage:
https://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/social/women-transport-eu-platform-change_en for more information about the Platform, as well as good practice.

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of the UIC Talent & Expertise Development Unit: amirault@uic.org

Or Bernard Penners, Head of the UIC Safety Unit: penners@uic.org

www.railtalent.org

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Cooperation Reporting
  

Rail security network of quick responders – strong participation in the Body Camera survey

The network of quick responders has been implemented since April 2017 and gives members of the UIC Security Platform the possibility to exchange information quickly about arising security questions. If a member has an upcoming security topic, the UIC Security Platform circulates these questions among their members. After about three weeks the questioner and all the responders receive a summary with an initial overview of the current situation. Further activities will be organised regarding this member feedback.

Since its start, members have used the network 12 times already to ask their questions regarding:

  • Awareness of radicalised employees
  • Use of air drones
  • Attacks related to religious extremism
  • Attacks against maintenance staff
  • Anti-smoking policy at railway stations
  • Security of women in railway transport
  • Use of FFCCTV
  • Aggression against ticket inspectors
  • Mystery Customer
  • Use of AEDs
  • Use of body cameras
  • Security Organisation (ongoing)

The last survey relates to the use of body cameras, which was carried out together with UITP. Next to the safety and security of our passengers, the health of our staff is essential. Unfortunately, in recent years, physical and verbal aggressions against railway staff have increased. In addition to training and self-protection equipment, the use of body cameras could have a de-escalating effect or record video images for investigations.

33 companies participated and answered questions inter alia regarding use, different types of body cameras, the equipped staff, visibility, data transmission, the procedure to use a body camera in case of third-party violence/aggression and data protection. According to member experience, the use of body cameras has a de-escalating effect and physical as well as verbal aggressions decreased.

In the light of the strong demand by responders, the UIC Security Division will continue to work on the topic with interested responders in cooperation with UITP. As a first action, a webinar will be organised on the 13 December 2018 to present the survey results and the expert Sander Flight will give a presentation regarding the understanding of bodycams on policing. To deepen the exchange and discuss various aspects, a one-day-event in spring 2019 is foreseen as a second action.
Forthcoming security events are as follows:

  • 5 – 6 December 2018, Brussels: Security Research Event 2018 organised by the EU
  • 22 January 2019, Brussels: SHERPA EU Project Workshop on Terrorist Risk Assessment and Management
  • 13 – 14 June 2019, Stockholm: Colpofer General Assembly
  • 8 – 9 June 2019, Stockholm: UITP SEC COM Meeting
  • 9 – 12 June 2019, Stockholm: UITP Global Public Transport Summit
  • 18 – 20 June 2019, Paris: UIC Security Week with the annual seminar on topics resulting from the network of quick responders, SHERPA progress meeting and the UIC Security Awareness Day

For further information please contact Kathrin Faber, Senior Advisor UIC Security Division:

faber@uic.org

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News from UIC members
  

Germany: Three new Members of the Management Board at Schenker AG

Supervisory Board appoints Xavier Garijo, Thorsten Meincke and Christian Drenthen to head up Contract Logistics, Air and Ocean Freight, and Land Transport

Schenker AG is looking to the future, with three new top managers who will make the Management Board younger, more international and even more customer focused.

The Supervisory Board of Schenker AG today appointed Xavier Garijo, 47, to serve as the Board Member for Contract Logistics. Garijo, who holds degrees in chemistry and physics, is originally from Spain. He has many years of experience in management positions at French, British and US companies – most recently at Reckitt Benckiser, and Revlon and Elizabeth Arden, in the consumer goods sector – and he is well versed in the needs of logistics customers.

His future fellow Board Member Thorsten Meincke, 49, brings extensive expertise in global air and ocean freight on board. Meincke, who majored in economics and most recently served as the head of global ocean freight at forwarder Kuehne + Nagel, has been appointed to serve as Board Member for Air and Ocean Freight at Schenker AG.

Christian Drenthen, 52 and originally from the Netherlands, has been appointed to serve as Board Member for Land Transport, a newly created board position at Schenker AG. Drenthen has a degree in logistics and has been with Schenker AG since 2015. He most recently served as the head of global land transport.

Garijo and Drenthen will be assuming their new areas of responsibility on January 1, 2019. Meincke will be joining Schenker AG as soon as possible but no later than June 1. As the Board Member for Contract Logistics, Garijo will succeed Tom Schmitt, who left Schenker AG in July. Meincke will succeed Ewald Kaiser as the head of the new Air and Ocean Freight Division. Land Transport will become its own division, raising the total number of divisions from six to seven. After serving as a Schenker AG Board Member for nearly five years, Kaiser will be leaving Schenker at his own request and in mutual agreement with the company, most probably on May 31, 2019. Oliver Seidl has been confirmed as the CFO of Schenker AG for another five years.

“I would like to thank Ewald Kaiser for his years of successful work and commitment to Schenker,” said Jochen Thewes, CEO of Schenker AG. “The new Management Board team will lead us into a new era, while at the same time fostering continuity. It will be a further step forward in the development of our company.”

Alexander Doll, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DB Schenker, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG, said: “I am excited that the three newly appointed Board Members come from such international and diverse backgrounds. DB Schenker under the leadership of Jochen Thewes is now in an excellent position to continue its profitable growth in the global logistics markets.”

(Source: DB)

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Russia: Russian Railways to invest about 150 billion roubles in digital services by 2025

The CEO and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov has taken part in the panel discussion “Transport of Russia: A Unified Digital Platform,” which was held at the XII International Forum Transport of Russia in Moscow.

In his address, Belozerov noted that solving the tasks set in the Decree of the Russian President issued in May 2018 would be impossible without relying on scientific and technical progress and on modern IT solutions.

The Company sees digitalisation as a key area for innovative development.
“The amount we would like to invest in developing digitalisation by 2025 is about 150 billion roubles,” said the head of Russian Railways.

Belozerov also listed a number of key goals that the Company should achieve on the way to this target by 2025. In particular, the proportion of freight traffic that can be booked electronically should be increased to 75% and of electronic tickets for long-distance trains to 70%.

Among the projects already implemented, the Company CEO singled out the electronic marketplace Freight Traffic (State Owned Electronic Trading Platform), on which over 3,200 participants are now registered.

In the passenger segment, the Company is implementing the project “Innovative Mobility,” which involves combining a variety of electronic services for passengers: planning and supporting door-to-door journeys, booking and purchasing all types of tickets for organising multi-modal travel and other additional services.

As Oleg Belozerov noted, the development of this project will enable the Company to offer passengers the possibility of processing a single transport document in the future – when the appropriate legal basis is ready.

(Source: RZD)

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News from UIC members
  

China: Completion of Chinese part of the China-Russia Tongjiang Bridge construction

On the morning of 13 October, the installation of the last girder of Heilongjiang Bridge, an important part of the China-Russia Railway Tongjiang Bridge, was completed, marking the completion of the Chinese part of the bridge.

The opening ceremony for the construction of the China-Russia Railway Tongjiang Bridge Project was held on 26 February 2014 in Tongjiang and Nizhneleninskoye of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in Russia, respectively. The project, as a key construction project of China according to the Medium and Long-term Railway Network Planning (Adjustment in 2008), is located on Tongjiang’s Hayu Island, connecting with Nizhneleninskoye in Russia. It is the first cross-river railway bridge in Heilongjiang Province connecting with Russia, with a designed annual throughput capacity of 21 million tons. The total length of the railway bridge is 7193.71m. The main bridge of the cross-river bridge spans 2215.02m, with 1886.45m in China, 328.57m in Russia, and the approach span is 4978.69m.

The China-Russia Railway Tongjiang Bridge is the first cross-border gauntleted-track railway bridge in China, capable of adapting to the different track gauges in China and Russia. During the construction of the bridge, the construction department overcame difficulties such as solid ice, permafrost and sand gushing, innovated the processing technologies of anti-corrosion coating, high-strength bolt construction and deep-water cofferdam construction and dredging, ensuring the safety of the bridge construction.

After the China-Russia Railway Tongjiang Bridge is constructed and put into operation, it will connect the railways in China with the Trans-Siberian Railway in the Far East Region of Russia by adding a new international major transportation corridor connecting to Russia and Europe. It will play a significant role in boosting the development of Northeast China in the new year, helping in-depth integration and co-construction of the Belt and Road, and building the relationship of opening-up and cooperation.

(Source: CR)

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News from UIC members
  

Finland: Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority and Transport Safety Agency merge into Transport and Communications Agency

Transport Agency becomes Transport Infrastructure Agency

The organisation of the administrative branch of the Ministry of Transport and Communications will change at the beginning of 2019. The Finnish Transport Safety Agency, Trafi; Communications Regulatory Authority and certain functions of the Transport Agency will merge into a new Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom). The current Transport Agency will continue as Transport Infrastructure Agency.

The reform responds to the changes in the operating environment paying even more attention to the customers’ needs.

The Government proposed on 22 November 2018 that the Acts (government proposals 61/2018, 104/2018 and 102/2018) concerning the agencies in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Transport and Communications be adopted.
The President of the Republic is expected to adopt the Acts concerning the reform on 23 November 2018.

The implementation Act concerned is expected to enter into force on 27 November 2018 and the other related acts on 1 January 2019.

Transport Infrastructure Agency
The duties of the current Transport Agency that are not directly related to transport infrastructure and management will be transferred to the Transport and Communications Agency or to traffic control company Traffic Management Finland. The current Transport Agency will be called Transport Infrastructure Agency and it will continue its operations without interruption.
The Transport Infrastructure Agency will be a contracting agency focusing on the planning, development and maintenance of road, rail and maritime transport infrastructure and on the coordination of transport and land use policies. The Agency will also be responsible for winter navigation.

The number of employees at the Agency will be around 400.

Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom)
The Transport Safety Agency, Trafi; Communications Regulatory Authority and certain functions of the Transport Agency will merge into a new Transport and Communications Agency, Traficom.

The Transport and Communications Agency will develop the information society and the transport system on a national scale. It will monitor and promote the transport and communications markets and services. The Agency will be an authority serving people and businesses in permit, licence, registration, approval, safety and security matters. It will also be responsible for arranging the necessary examinations in the sector.

The number of employees at the Agency will be around 900.

The launch of the Transport and Communications Agency will not affect the existing operations of the merging organisations or their customer services. The services will continue without interruption and will be further developed and improved.
Applications for the position of Director-General of the new Agency were invited until 8 November 2018. The appointment is expected to be made by the end of November.

Traffic Management Finland Oy
The current traffic control and management services of the Transport Agency (road and maritime traffic, and rail traffic as far as it is the responsibility of the agency) will be transferred to a state-owned company with special assignment, Traffic Management Finland Oy.
The Act on the incorporation of the current traffic control and management services into a limited liability company was adopted on 13 July 2018 and will enter into force on 1 January 2019.

What next?
The President of the Republic is expected to adopt the Acts (parliamentary reply EV 102/2018 vp) concerning the reform of the agencies in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Transport and Communications on 23 November 2018.
The aim is that the Director-General of the Transport and Communications Agency be appointed in November.
The new agencies will start their operations on 1 January 2019 as the acts and decrees on the agencies in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Transport and Communications enter into force.

(Source: FTA)

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Instagram account of the week

Today we are putting the spotlight on UNFCCC, partner organisation of UIC

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 19-20 March 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 27 March 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 4-5 April 2019 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Vienna, Austria
  • 4 April 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Web Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 12 April 2019 UIMC management committee meeting Paris
  • 12 April 2019 SHERPA WS2 - Emerging threats Paris, UIC HQ
  • 16-17 April 2019 Rail System Forum Plenary Paris, UIC HQ
  • 17-19 April 2019 Asset Management Global Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 18-19 April 2019 First meeting of MENRTC (Middle East Network of Rail Training Centres) Istanbul
  • 25 April 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 8 May 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 15-17 May 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Poznan, PL (PKP)
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 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
  • 16 September 2019 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) Moscow
  • 17-20 September 2019 Best HR and training practices for Railways Moscow
  • 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
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 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

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