CCRCC 2012
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Speakers  
 
Below you can find a list of the speakers in the conference.

Heiko Saalbach, NB Rail

Movares Deutschland GmbH

Notified Bodies for Railway

Lead-Assessor for the Notified Body Railcert B.V.


Assessments of conformity and EC verification according to Council Directive 2008/57/EC (96/48/EC, 2001/16/EC) for the control-command and signalling subsystem.

Member of NB Rail (Notified Body Rail) in the working group ERTMS/ETCS.

 

NB RAIL

NB RAIL is the Coordination group of Notified Bodies for Railway products and systems. NB RAIL provides a forum for:

  • Sharing experiences and exchanging views on the conformity assessment procedures in order to understand better and apply more consistently the Interoperability Directives;
  • Drafting and issuing technical recommendations on matters relating to Railway Conformity Assessment;
  • Ensuring consistency with European standardization work;
  • Drawing up reports on technical aspects of the assessment procedures;
  • Discussing Commission documents and other information relevant to Railway Interoperability;
  • Discussing questions and problems that arise from the practical application of the Interoperability Directives.

http://circa.europa.eu/irc/nbg/nbrail/info/data/en/information/nbrail/00nb rail homepage.htm


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Brian Ellis, NSA

ORR

National Safety Authorities

Principal Engineer Control Command & Signalling

NSA (National Safety Authorities)

The Directive  2004/49/EC applies to the railway system of the Member States and covers safety requirements for the system as a whole, including infrastructure and traffic management, and the interaction between railway undertakings and infrastructure managers. In this connection, the Directive focuses on four major aspects:

  • the setting up, in each Member State, of an authority responsible for supervising safety;
  • the mutual recognition of safety certificates delivered in the Member States;
  • the establishment of common safety indicators (CSIs) in order to assess that the system complies with the common safety targets (CSTs) and facilitate the monitoring of railway safety performance;
  • the definition of common rules for safety investigations.

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Thomas Wesenberg, GSM-R supplier

WENZEL Elektronik GmbH

GSM-R supplier
Speaker of the GSM-R Industry Group
 

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Michel Van Liefferinge, UNIFE

Union Industry of Signalling

UNIFE
Mr. Van Liefferinge is the UNISIG General Manager.
 
UNISIG
 
UNISIG is an industrial consortium which was created to develop the ERTMS/ETCS technical specifications. As an Associated Member of UNIFE, a recognised stakeholder, UNISIG actively contributes to the activities of the European Railway Agency in the field of ERTMS/ETCS technical specifications.
 

Michael Meyer zu Hörste & Alexandre Girardi, ERTMS Test Labs

Mr. Meyer zu Hörste, Chief Engineer of the Railway Systems Department, DLR

Mr. Girardi , Head of Railway Certification Department, Multitel ASBL
ETCS Test Laboratories
 
To ensure interoperability of each new component, the conformity concerning the specification needs to be proofed. This can be realised by testing in an independent test laboratory. Three laboratories in Europe are specialized for testing ETCS components and subsystems in simulations - comprehensive, thorough and cost efficient: DLR, CEDEX and Multitel.
Working closely together, the ETCS Test Laboratories presented their common and specific work together at the InnoTrans 2010.
 

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Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos, TEN-T EA

Head of Unit for Road and Rail Transport

Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency
Mr. Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos is the head of the operational unit in charge of the management of road and rail projects, including ERTMS.
 
TEN-T EA
 
The Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA), established by the European Commission, is responsible for managing the technical and financial implementation of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) program, one of the most important means of infrastructure funding. Its mission is to support the European Commission and TEN-T project managers and promoters, by ensuring the technical and financial management of the projects and the successful implementation of the TEN-T Program.
 

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Hanspeter Hänni, Corridor-A

Bundesamt für Verkehr

EEIG Corridor Rotterdam-Genoa
Management Board of the EEIG Corridor Rotterdam – Genoa EWIV.
 
Corridor A
 
International freight transport by rail needs cross-border solutions. The strategic foundation for this consists of six European ERTMS railway corridors. In terms of traffic, the corridor between Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Antwerp and Genoa is the most significant corridor and plays a pilot function. The coordination of this international programme is being managed by the Management Board of the EEIG Corridor Rotterdam – Genoa EWIV, a European entity founded by rail infrastructure managers and supported by the European Union
 

Isabelle Vandoorne, EC

Directorate General for Mobility and Transport

European Commission
Ms. Vandoorne is in charge of the ERTMS policy
 
DG MOVE
 
Transport policy directly affects everyone in Europe. Whatever age we are, and whatever activities we undertake, transport and mobility play a fundamental role in today’s world. The issues and challenges connected to this require action at European level; no single national government can address them successfully alone. By working in concert, European Union Member States and European industry can ensure our transport infrastructure meet the needs of citizens and our economy, whilst minimising damage to our environment.
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport manages work in this area.

Marnix Kerkhoff, EPTTOLA

Beacon Rail Leasing Limited

European Passenger Train and Traction Operating Lessors' Association
Mr. Kerkhoff  is the Deputy President of EPTTOLA.
 
EPTTOLA
 
The European Passenger Train and Traction Operating Lessors’ Association (EPTTOLA) was founded on 13th August 2009.

EPTTOLA’s objectives are to be a representative body for European passenger train and traction operating lessors that:
- examines those activities of European authorities which impact on the interests of its Members and communicates those activities to its Members;
- and works with such European authorities so as to ensure that its Members’ interests are represented in those activities
 
EPTTOLA is recognised by the European Commission as an official stakeholder representative body for train leasing companies.

 

Tony Crabtree, CER

ATOC

CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies)
Mr. Crabtree Leads the ERTMS team in ATOC which works on the RU issues in the National ERTMS Programme in GB.
 
 
CER
 
CER represents the interests of its members to the European Parliament, Commission and Council of Ministers as well as to other policymakers and transport actors. CER’s main focus is to promote a strong rail industry that is essential to the creation of a sustainable transport system which is efficient, effective and environmentally sound.
 

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Dominique Ligier, ERA

ERTMS Project Officer

European Railway Agency
ERA (retired)
 
The Agency has been established to provide the EU Member States and the Commission with technical assistance in the fields of railway safety and interoperability. This involves the development and implementation of Technical Specifications for Interoperability and a common approach to questions concerning railway safety.
 

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Pio Guido, ERA

Head of ERTMS Unit

European Union Agency for Railways

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Thomas Joindot, CER

SNCF

CER
Mr. Joindot is responsible for SNCF ERTMS strategy
 
CER
 
CER represents the interests of its members to the European Parliament, Commission and Council of Ministers as well as to other policymakers and transport actors. CER’s main focus is to promote a strong rail industry that is essential to the creation of a sustainable transport system which is efficient, effective and environmentally sound.

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Karel Vinck, EC

European Coordinator for ERTMS

European Commission
Karel Vinck is a former CEO of the Belgian National Railway Company (SNCB), and a former Chairman of CER (The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies).
He started his career as a consultant for Eternit in Italy, and later became CEO of the Eternit group and the Bekaert group. Next, he joined Umicore as CEO, and later as Chairman. In the meantime, he restructured Sibelco.
After his time at the head of SNCB, Karel Vinck accepted the chairmanship of the board of BAM, the company which manages investments in mobility of the city of Antwerp.
 
Karel Vinck completed his studies of civil engineering in electro-mechanics at the K.U.Leuven, obtained a dregree in production management (Ghent University) and a MBA at Cornell University (USA).
 
As European ERTMS Coordinator for the European Commission, he now leads the deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System. In this role, he supervises the implementation of ERTMS on nine Core Network Corridors.
 
He is honorary Chairman of VOKA (VEV), the Flemish employers' association.
He was elected Manager of the Year in 1994 and received the European Railway Award in 2012.

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Marcel Verslype, ERA

Executive Director

European Railway Agency
ERA

The Agency has been established to provide the EU Member States and the Commission with technical assistance in the fields of railway safety and interoperability. This involves the development and implementation of Technical Specifications for Interoperability and a common approach to questions concerning railway safety.

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Gunnar Malm, EIM

The Swedish Transport Administrator

EIM, European Rail Infrastructure Managers
(Photo by Torbjörn Bergqvist)
Mr. Malm is General Director of Trafikverket.
 
EIM

EIM works to improve the development of the rail transport mode. It also acts as an advocacy organization towards the European Institutions and together with the industry. EIM provides expertise to the appropriate European bodies including the European Rail Agency (ERA).
www.eimrail.org

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Laurence Gregory, EPTTOLA/ Ole Kjörrefjord, ERFA/ Rainer Beller, MRCE

Leasing companies

Mr. Laurence Gregory is the Secretary of EPTTOLA.  Due to unavailability, his presentation was given by Mr. Marnix Kerkhoff.
 
Mr. Ole Kjörrefjord (in the picture) is the ERFA Chairman. He works at Hector Rail leading the company’s strategy for implementing ERTMS. He is also advisor to ASTOC (Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies) and ERFA in developing the associations’ ERTMS implementation strategies.

Mr. Rainer Beller is the COO/CTO of MRCE Dispolok GmbH, Munich, Germany.
 
EPTTOLA

The European Passenger Train and Traction Operating Lessors’ Association (EPTTOLA) was founded on 13th August 2009.
EPTTOLA’s objectives are to be a representative body for European passenger train and traction operating lessors that: - examines those activities of European authorities which impact on the interests of its Members and communicates those activities to its Members;
- and works with such European authorities so as to ensure that its Members’ interests are represented in those activities
EPTTOLA is recognised by the European Commission as an official stakeholder representative body for train leasing companies.
http://www.epttola.eu/home.asp
 
ERFA

European Rail Freight Association. The objective of the Association is to promote European rail freight transport and its stakeholders active in that area through the complete liberalisation of the market, to work towards reducing the legal and material obstacles to cross-border and international transport services and to work towards the development of interoperability and the definition of common safety standards commensurate with competing modes, amongst other objectives.
www.erfa.be

MRCE

Mitsui Rail Capital Europe B.V. (MRCE) was established by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. & Mitsui & Co. Europe Plc. (in U.K.). in 2004. MRCE began locomotive leasing operations in October 2004. Mitsui integrated the former Siemens Dispolok GmbH in 2006, and is now the European market leader in locomotive leasing and service.
www.mrc-rail.com/

Jens Engelmann, ERA

Head of Corporate Management & Evaluation Unit

European Union Agency for Railways

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Begoña Domingo, ERA

GSM-R Project officer

European Union Agency for Railways
 

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Robert Sarfati, UIC

Union International de Chemins de Fer

Non profit international trade association
Mr. Sarfati is the UIC GSM-R Operators Group Chairman.
 
UIC

The mission of UIC is to promote rail transport at world level and meet the challenges of mobility and sustainable development. Amongst its objectives are: to propose new ways to improve technical and environmental performance , and to promote interoperability, creating new world standards for railways (including common standards with other transport modes).

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Chiel Spaans, ERA

ERTMS Project Officer

European Union Agency for Railways

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Michel Ruesen, EUG

EEIG ERTMS Users Group

European Economic Interest Group for ERTMS
Mr. Ruesen is the Managing  Director of the EUG. He leads the EEIG ERTMS Users Group, establishing a joint position by advising CER, EIM and ERFA towards the European institutions (DG-MOVE, ERA), on technical and operational level, in the field of ERTMS on behalf of its members: BaneNOR, Trafikverket, Banedanmark, Network Rail, ProRail, Deutsche Bahn, Infrabel, SNCF-Réseau, SBB, ADIF and RFI.
 
EUG
 
The mission of the ERTMS Users Group is to help the railways in applying ERTMS/ETCS in a harmonised and interoperable way to enable the free flow of trains and a competitive railway. The ERTMS Users Group works closely together with the European Agency for Railways (ERA) and UNISIG, the international association of signaling companies in the railway industry. The ERTMS Users Group is dedicated to technical and operational matters and guidance on commercial implications and impacts.
 

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Jens Holst Møller, EIM

Banedanmark

EIM, European Rail Infrastructure Managers
Mr. Holst Møller is Chief Engineer at Banedanmark. He is the Head of the specification process for ERTMS in Denmark since the start of the Signalling programme in 2007. He deals with the international coordination of the solutions for the borders towards Sweden and Germany as well as generic ERTMS issues (GPRS, KMS, STM, ATO etc.)
 
EIM

EIM works to improve the development of the rail transport mode. It also acts as an advocacy organization towards the European Institutions and together with the industry. EIM provides expertise to the appropriate European bodies including the European Rail Agency (ERA).
www.eimrail.org

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Gabriele Ridolfi, CER

RFI

CER, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies
Mr. Ridolfi is involved in the specification of the STM SCMT (Italian class B system) interface and in the put into operation of RFI HS L2 lines.
He is the RFI representative in the CER TSI CCS support group acting as Deputy for the ERA ERTMS Control Group and Speaker for the ERA TSI CCS WP.
 
CER

CER represents the interests of its members to the European Parliament, Commission and Council of Ministers as well as to other policymakers and transport actors. CER’s main focus is to promote a strong rail industry that is essential to the creation of a sustainable transport system which is efficient, effective and environmentally sound.
www.cer.be

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Stefano Geraci, EUG

EEIG ERTMS Users Group

European Economic Interest Group for ERTMS
Mr. Geraci comes from RFI. His main task is the management of the EUG activities about ERTMS/ETCS operational test scenarios development and test campaigns.
 
EUG

The mission of the ERTMS Users Group is to help the railways in applying ERTMS/ETCS in a harmonised and interoperable way to enable the free flow of trains and a competitive railway. The ERTMS Users Group works closely together with the European Railway Agency (ERA) and UNISIG, the international association of signaling companies in the railway industry. The ERTMS Users Group is dedicated to technical and operational matters and guidance on commercial implications and impacts.
http://www.ertms.be/

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Dan Mandoc, UIC

Union International de Chemins de Fer

Non profit international trade association
Mr. Mandoc is the UIC responsible with Railway Telecom & GSM-R activities. He is also the ERIG Chairman , Panel of Telecom Experts Coordinator and Telecom Strategy Group Coordinator in UIC.
 
UIC

The mission of UIC is to promote rail transport at world level and meet the challenges of mobility and sustainable development. Amongst its objectives are: to propose new ways to improve technical and environmental performance , and to promote interoperability, creating new world standards for railways (including common standards with other transport modes).

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Hans Bier, ERA

GSM-R Project officer

European Union Agency for Railways
ERA (retired)

The Agency has been established to provide the EU Member States and the Commission with technical assistance in the fields of railway safety and interoperability. This involves the development and implementation of Technical Specifications for Interoperability and a common approach to questions concerning railway safety.

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Monika Heiming, EIM

European Rail Infrastructure Managers

Ms. Heiming is the Excecutive Director of EIM.
 
EIM

EIM works to improve the development of the rail transport mode. It also acts as an advocacy organization towards the European Institutions and together with the industry. EIM provides expertise to the appropriate European bodies including the European Rail Agency (ERA).

Hans Bierlein, ERA

ERTMS Project Officer

European Union Agency for Railways

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Beatriz Sierra, NSA

National Safety Authority, Spain

Ms. Sierra deals with the ERTMS Authorisation for placing in service, and she is NSA representative in ERTMS groups.
 
NSA

The Directive  2004/49/EC applies to the railway system of the Member States and covers safety requirements for the system as a whole, including infrastructure and traffic management, and the interaction between railway undertakings and infrastructure managers. In this connection, the Directive focuses on four major aspects:
- the setting up, in each Member State, of an authority responsible for supervising safety;
- the mutual recognition of safety certificates delivered in the Member States;
- the establishment of common safety indicators (CSIs) in order to assess that the system complies with the common safety targets (CSTs) and facilitate the monitoring of railway safety performance;
- the definition of common rules for safety investigations.

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Richard Lockett, ERA

Head of Cross Acceptance Unit

European Union Agency for Railways
ERA

The Agency has been established to provide the EU Member States and the Commission with technical assistance in the fields of railway safety and interoperability. This involves the development and implementation of Technical Specifications for Interoperability and a common approach to questions concerning railway safety.

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