European Railway Agency - ERA

Making the railway system work better for society.

Mission, vision and values


  • Make the railway system work better for society
  • Contribute to the effective functioning of a Single European Railway Area without frontiers.


The Agency, as a respected authority, will be the engine for change driving the Single European Railway Area.


  • Stakeholder focus
  • Ethical values commitment
  • Legal compliance
  • Staff involvement and development
  • Everybody’s commitment to quality
  • Continuous improvement
  • Business continuity
  • Information governance
  • A culture of sustainability.


  • Promote a harmonised approach to railway safety
  • Devise the technical and legal framework in order to enable removing technical barriers, and acting as the system authority for ERTMS and telematics applications
  • Improve accessibility and use of railway system information
  • Act as the European Authority under the 4th Railway Package issuing vehicle (type) authorisations and single safety certificates, while improving the competitive position of the railway sector.