The European Union Agency for Railways promotes the common approach to safety in the Maghreb region
The European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) together with the Algerian authorities, under patronage of Exc. Farouk Chiali, Minister of Public Works and Transport, organised a regional seminar on how to manage risks through the development of a Safety Management System.
The event gathered the EU Delegation in Algeria, officials of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the National Rail Transportation Company (SNTF), the National Agency for the Planning and Implementation of Railway Investments (ANESRIF) as well as the national authorities from France (EPSF), Tunisia (Ministry of Transport and Tunisian Railways) and safety experts from the International Union of Railways (UIC).
Peter Mihm, Team Leader at ERA, described the SMS as a powerful instrument to manage the various elements needed to be able to run a safe and successful organisation. These elements comprise the mechanisms in place to comply with international and national regulations and standards, sector and business level requirements, the outcomes of risk assessment and good practice across the range of company activities.
The EUMedRail project is funded by Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission. It supports the implementation of the Regional Transport Action Plan for the Mediterranean region 2014/2020, specifically its Action 12 Safety and Interoperability in the railway sector.