SHOW panel debate

A major milestone for automated vehicles (AVs) was reached at the end of January with the launch of the SHOW (SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption) project. Coordinated by UITP, SHOW brings together 69 partners from 13 EU countries – including EPF – to support the deployment of shared, connected and electrified automation in urban transport across a […]

EPF is growing!

This month our new team member, Sandra Lima, started working in our secretariat offices in Ghent.
Sandra comes from the north of Portugal and has been living in Belgium for more than two years. She is no stranger to European Affairs and project management, having worked in the Council of the European Union, in Social Services Europe and in the […]

Update: Competition policy implication of the Green Speed project

EPF is keen to ensure that the various competition authorities make safeguarding passengers’ interests a precondition for authorising the proposed merger between Eurostar and Thalys.  Members were updated at their General Meeting in January on constructive exchanges that have already taken place with DG COMP.  As we recorded last month, EPF recognises that the merger should allow the two […]

PRO BAHN conference on passenger rights

PRO BAHN, one of the members of EPF, organized on 16.12.2019, a one-day-conference on passenger rights.

During the morning, Erki Must, former staff member of the European Court of Auditors (now staff member of DG MOVE), presented the special report on passenger rights 30/2018, which has been published on 08.11.2018.

In the afternoon, Elisabeth Kotthaus, head of department Social Aspects, Passenger rights […]

Green Speed project – competition policy implications

Eurostar/Thalys merger proposal: what will be the consequences for the passengers?
Following discussions in October between a delegation from EPF and the team in the European Commission’s powerful Competition department responsible for transport, EPF undertook to give thought to the implications for passengers of the proposed merger of Thalys and Eurostar which had just been announced.  

SNCF is currently the […]

Save the date: Strasbourg conference

EPF’s 2020 annual conference will take place in Strasbourg on 5 & 6 June.

The programme will focus on European cross-border links benefiting for customers. A small preview.

Working sessions:

‘Institutions’: with representatives of the European Commission, the European Court of Auditors and the Independent Regulators Group
‘Operators’: night trains (e.g. ÖBB) – European road lines (e.g. Flixbus-Flixtrain) – International cooperation […]

Urban mobility consultation

EPF has responded to the European Commission’s consultation on urban mobility.

In EPF’s view, it is very important to have an urban mobility policy at EU level. Whereas the local level has the best local knowledge, their financial situation is often not that solid and infrastructure investments  have to compete with other social expenses. Permanent EU funding for local investigations and […]

Hireach newsletter #4 is out!

Anyone interested in transport innovations with social character and new business models favouring inclusive and participative mobility, will be pleased to hear that the new HiReach newsletter is out!

HiReach is a 3-year Research and Innovation Action (RIA) from 2017 to 2020 funded under Horizon 2020 focusing on the development of new tools and business models in order to improve accessibility […]

Involve end-users in the creation of inclusive mobility services

At the annual POLIS conference in Brussels (27-28. November 2019), EPF presented its views on how to involve end-users in the creation of inclusive mobility services. The HiReach project was highlighted as a good example.

User-centered design is vital for developing customized mobility solutions with enhanced chances for success. Although engaging end-users and stakeholders is, in general, very rewarding, it can […]

EPF position on rail safety data

Rail Accident Statistics are collected on the number of passengers, employees and others killed or injured, and then categorised into those resulting from collisions, derailments, accidents involving level crossings, accidents caused by rolling stock in motion, fires in rolling stock and ‘other’. These categories do not appear to include fatalities and injuries incurred as a consequence of ‘slips, trips and falls’ (STFs) on trains or on […]