European Railway Agency - ERA

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and safe railway system without frontiers.

Press releases

22 Sep 2022

InnoTrans 2022 - ERA and VDB sign memorandum to make European processes more efficient and to further strengthen competences of applicants
By signing the agreement at the VDB stand at InnoTrans 2022 in Berlin, both parties agree to put all effort into making the process of European authorisation procedures simpler and more efficient and to forcefully familiarise applicants with the processes in a constructive dialogue. Furthermore, this is the first step for ERA to become the approval body for rail vehicles.

21 Sep 2022

Trackside Approval decision on the Corridor Rhine-Alpine signed at InnoTrans 2022
Today, Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA), signed the decision for the Trackside Approval for Corridor Rhine-Alpine, submitted by DB Netz AG, during a ceremony that took place at ERA Stand at Innotrans 2022, in the presence of representatives from DB Netz AG and the ERTMS Coordinator of the European Commission, Mr. Matthias Ruete.

20 Sep 2022

Efficient Processing of Retrofitting Vehicle Authorisation Possible Thanks to High-quality Applications
Efficient delivery of authorisations for the retrofitting of vehicles for DB Regio demonstrates the reactiveness of the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) to the sector’s demands, allowing DB Regio to adapt its vehicles to the high number of passengers registered since the beginning of June 2022, when the so called 9-Euro-Ticket initiative was implemented in Germany.

06 Jul 2022

The European Union Agency for Railways issued the 100th Single Safety Certificate
Josef Doppelbauer, ERA Executive Director, signed today the Single Safety Certificate for Mercitalia Shunting & Terminal Srl. This certificate is valid for a period of five years and the area of operation covers Italy.

16 Jun 2022

ERA publishes the 2022 report on Railway Safety and Interoperability in the EU
The biennial report highlights progress with railway safety and interoperability in the EU and allows an in-depth understanding of the European railways situation and its evolution over time. The data contained in this report can be used to identify areas for improvement towards reaching a more efficient and effective railway system for all European citizens: the Single European Railway Area.

17 Jun 2021

ERA Executive Director: “We see some light at the end of the tunnel”
Wednesday 16 June 2021, the exact day of the 5th anniversary of the entry into force of the 4th Railway Package Technical Pillar, our Executive Director Josef Doppelbauer held an Exchange of Views with the European Parliament TRAN Committee.

16 Jun 2021

Promoting of best practice in accident and incident investigation in the EuroMed region
On 15 and 16 June, representatives from national authorities and railway operators of Egypt, Israel, Morocco, and Tunisia took part in international workshops organised in the scope of the EUMedRail project.

03 Jun 2021

Study: rail travel remains safer than car travel, even during the pandemic
The Study published today by the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) provides a first mathematical model as a scientific approach to safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the given assumptions and based on the evidence currently available, it concludes that even under pandemic conditions the risk of dying in a car accident remains higher than the risk of dying from a COVID-19 infection after a long-distance railway journey.

20 May 2021

ERA report on fostering the railway sector through the European Green Deal - part 2 freight
ERA is publishing its second report on fostering the railway sector through the European Green Deal focused on freight.

26 Apr 2021

Risk mitigation measures to resume transport of semi-trailers on pocket wagons in Denmark
The JNS Task Force, coordinated by the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA), with experts from sector representative bodies and safety authorities, paved the way for updated risk mitigating measures to resume the transport on pocket wagons on the Great Belt Bridge, as published by the Danish National Safety Authority.