The infrastructure manager and capacity allocation companies obliged to set up the Management Board based on Article 8.2 of Regulation 913/2010/EU had their first meeting on RFC7 matters in early 2011. The body was officially established in September 2011 by the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding by the eight infrastructure managers and one capacity allocation body of the corridor. The RFC-Regulation has since been amended by Annex II of Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013, which has extended the Principal Route of the former Rail Freight Corridor 7 to Germany (Bremerhaven/Wilhelmshaven/Rostock/Hamburg), and made further extensions in the South Eastern parts of the corridor (Burgas/Svilengrad concerning the Bulgarian and until Patras concerning the Greek part of the RFC), furthermore renamed it into Rail Freight Corridor Orient / East-Med (hereinafter: RFC OEM). The extension i.a. results in the involvement of the rail network of DB Netz AG on the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Management Board consist of the following companies:
The Management Board is the main operative body of the corridor, its members have to make fundamental decisions, so they hold meetings frequently, yearly 4-5 sessions are convened since 2011. The Management Board makes its decisions on the basis of mutual consent of its members.
Conclusions of MB meetings are recorded in minutes and decision lists. They are shared in circular e-mails and on an internet site accessible for each member, together with the preparatory material, presentations and basic documents produced by the MB.
Taking account of the volume and the types of tasks identified by MB members in respect of corridor formation, the MB has decided to set up seven Working Groups and a Secretariat to support its work. Decisions of the Management Board are usually based on the proposals and background material compiled by these organizations.
The current Internal Rules of Procedure of the MB were approved in May 2018. The document describes the tasks and responsibilities of the MB, the Working Groups and the Secretariat, defines the rules of convening meetings, the procedure of decision-making, the means of communication and the basic conditions of financial management of corridor activities. The common costs of MB operation are jointly covered by the involved companies and co-financed by the European Union through the Connecting Europe Facility.
Representatives and deputy representatives of the member companies in the Management Board are:
|Germany||DB Netz AG||Oliver Sellnick||Christian Minge|
|Austria||ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG||Harald Hotz||Jean-Marc Hillenberg|
|Czech Republic||Správa železniční dopravní cesty, státní organizace||Martin Král||Jakub Dufek|
|Slovakia||Železnice Slovenskej republiky||Miroslav Matúšek||Vladimír Nastišin|
|Hungary||MÁV Co||Lőrinc Czakó||Ágnes Lengyelné Kerekes|
|Győr-Sopron-Ebenfurti Railways Private Company Limited by Shares||Szilárd Kövesdi||Andrea Mosóczi|
|VPE – Hungarian Rail Capacity Allocation Office||Réka Németh||Nóra Hobot|
|Romania||National Railway Company CFR SA||Jean Nicolaos||Florentina Trandafir|
|Bulgaria||NRIC (National Railway Infrastructure Company)||Hristo Alexiev||Nikola Mishev|
|Greece||Hellenic Railways (OSE)||Grigorios Sampatakakis||Maria Lefaki|