Achievements to be highlighted

  • 14th UIC World Security Congress on the theme “Crisis Management and Resilience” incl. the handling of (partial) blackout situations has been hold from 16 – 18 October 2018 in Bled, Slovenia.
  • Successful 4th UIC Security Week held from 18 – 21 June 2018 in Paris and focused on CBRNE threats, Cybersecurity, Staff and public awareness, Business Continuity Management and the Security Hub.
  • The UIC handbook “Station security for station business: handbook on effective solutions” is now available. This is the result of the temporary project group “security of stations”, in which members of the UIC Station Managers Global Group (SMGG) and the UIC Security Platform collaborated together. The handbook has been endorsed by UITP and by the UIC special group COLPOFER.
  • As part of the additional security programme 2016-2017, the brochure on “Recommendations for Crisis Management” is now available.

General context of the business activity

Security has become increasingly important: from everyday crime which creates feelings of insecurity that discourage people from taking the train and affect social links and the need for territorial planning, to the most serious terrorist threats capable of causing numerous deaths and destabilising countries.

Key challenges facing this business

Alongside national, European and international public authorities, the railway sector has a specific and complementary role to play in protecting and developing railway activities.

This role is both national and international and the challenge is to ensure greater coherence in an environment involving an increasing number of players due to the opening up of markets and evolution of businesses.

How the business is organised

The Platform was created by the UIC General Assembly in June 2006 and restructured in 2008 at global level.

From July 2018 to June 2020, the platform is chaired by Via Rail Canada and vice chaired by PKP S.A.

It is organised with:

  • The annual congress to take stock of the work carried out and to propose future priorities.
  • The Steering Committee which meets every quarter involving the UIC regions (the special Colpofer group for Europe, Coordinating Council on Transsiberian Transportation, etc.), UIC department activities (passenger, freight, rail system/infrastructure) and professional and political partners (UITP, RAILPOL, CER, EIM, etc.).
  • Three permanent working groups (Technology, Human factor, Strategy)
  • Two ad hoc working groups at the request of UIC (SIA on Sabotage / Intrusion / Attack, BIRC on Border crossing)
  • One project group on security of station (2016-2017)

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