The European Year of Rail has started

On Monday, March 29th, the European Year of Rail officially kicked off. Within the framework of this initiative, a number of conferences, presentations, competitions and other events are planned, including demonstration train flights in European capitals. The symbolic composition of Connecting Europe Express will make 40 stops in various cities. This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to a special website of the European Commission.

The European Year of Rail has started

Since Portugal is currently presiding over the EU, the Minister of Infrastructure of this country Pedro Nuno Santos has officially announced the start of the Year of Rail from Lisbon online. The European Commissioner for Transport Adina Velean also took part in the videoconference.

2021 – European year of rail

“Throughout the year, a large number of events will be dedicated to rail transport throughout Europe with the aim of encouraging citizens and companies to use rail transport and contributing to the EU’s goal of achieving climate neutrality in Europe by 2050,” the report says. It also talks about the great role of rail transport in the economic recovery after the pandemic.

As part of the events, on March 30, an informal meeting of transport ministers of the EU countries took place. It discussed, in particular, the development of railway communication.

The EU recently agreed on a new € 33.7 billion infrastructure assistance mechanism, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). This is a long-term program for 2021–2027. In the previous period – from 2014 to 2020 – under this mechanism, 16.3 billion euros were allocated for the development of railway transport in the EU.

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