European context

The entry into force of Regulation 913/2010/EU created the legal framework for the development of corridors. The on-going work, the implementation of the requirements highlights more and more issues of common interest to several corridors and the need for harmonisation of rules and processes between corridors. It implies a need for effective coordination between the different Rail Freight Corridors, the National Ministries and Regulatory Bodies. Therefore the European Commission is facilitating this coordination in the following ways:

The Corridor Group meetings are the platforms where the chair persons of the Management Boards of the Rail Freight Corridors can exchange experience and discuss issues regarding the implementation of the RFCs. Directorate B of DG-MOVE participates in these meetings to answer questions and discuss relevant issues and provide necessary information. These meetings are organised regularly, in every quarter, where the RFCs’ representatives are asked to present the latest achievements of the establishment of the corridors. Reviewing progress in the process of the implementation has the priority, activities particularly are focused on examining specific issues and ensuring the swift delivery of the Implementation Plan foreseen in the Rail Freight Regulation and based on the Transport Market Study.

Twice a year the Commission organises a joint meeting of representatives of all Member States, Regulatory Bodies and Infrastructure Managers participating in a Rail Freight Corridor, the forum is called SERAC meeting. These meetings are ideal occasions to tackle legal, operational and other specific issues to be addressed jointly by all concerned Member States, Regulatory Bodies and IM-s, and/or common difficulties with the practical implementation of Regulation 913/20108/EU.

The coordinators of the DG-MOVE also participate frequently in the Executive and joint Executive/Management Board meetings of the individual corridors to ensure that the specific issues of these corridors can be addressed in an appropriate way.

DG-MOVE keeps close contact with RNE and the Regulatory Bodies to discuss relevant questions. The common operational guidelines provided by RNE contribute to a harmonised development of the corridors, even if they are not endorsed by the Commission and thus have no legal status.

In order to maintain the transparency and facilitate the exchange of information all documents (minutes of the meetings, notes of the Commission, documents of some corridors (with their agreement) will be available via CIRCABC database to the members of the Corridor Group and SERAC group.

These platforms and communication channels contribute to a harmonised and common approach for the implementation of the Rail Freight Corridors on a European level.

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