The 2022-2024 programming period involves the full-fledged performance of the Agency’s tasks as EU-wide authority for safety certification, vehicle authorisation and ERTMS trackside approval, along with other tasks in the field of railway safety and interoperability as foreseen in the Technical Pillar of the Fourth Railway Package.
The structure of Agency’s multi-annual activities, implements the intervention logic, focusing on desired outcome and impacts.
The Agency will pay increasing attention to monitoring and increasing the efficiency and performance of its activities in order to make best use of its resources.
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The Agency has set a number of KPI’s, to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the work programme, including limiting the staff turnover at less than 5%.
The Agency is committed to continuously improve its functioning, streamline its processes, optimise the engagement of its staff, and allow for the reallocation of resources to the most efficient level.
The Agency will present a fully-fledged strategy for achieving efficiency gain by the end of the year, with a clearly identified action plan and milestones. In 2021, the Agency has already carried out a benchmarking exercise, as well as a survey and internal workshops to identify recommendations in the field of efficiency.
By 2022, the Agency will have consolidated its position as European authority for rail, sustaining an excellent reputation both in technical terms, but also in terms of customer service. From the perspective of its position of authority for delivering vehicle authorisations and ERTMS trackside approvals, the Agency will continue in the period 2022-2024 to drive further the harmonisation towards the Single European Rail Area, in terms of technical and operational interoperability. A section of the harmonisation will be implemented through the System Pillar. The stability of the TSIs, together with a successful...
The Agency has started to play an important role in promoting further the transformation of the European transport system towards emission-free, sustainable transport modes, which will be based on a multi-modal integration (MaaS and LaaS). By 2022, the Agency will have provided substantial input to the Green Deal deliverables and will have played a key role for driving the data and digitalisation agenda for railways, based on the linked data pilots. This is particularly relevant in a multi-modal context.
For the period 2022-2024, the Agency will continue to play a key role in ensuring the right framework for the data and information exchange related to assets and services (including ticketing data) is put in place, based on linked data and universal data identifiers. This will ensure a seamless exchange of data with other modes of transport, thus allowing the customers to benefit from a comprehensive logistics chain or the mobility-as-a-service, respectively. In addition, the Agency will continue to deliver support and assistance to the EC for the Green Deal, as well as...
The Agency will continue to work for improving operational safety and overall operational performance of the railway system through the management of major railway operational risks, as well as through positive safety culture, integration of human and organisational factors and the commitment to a continuous learning environment.
Based on the experience gained during the post-Covid crisis, the Agency has the ambition to strengthen its role as facilitator at the level of the rail sector, but also from a multi-modal perspective. The ultimate purpose is that when events cause significant perturbations impacting cross border rail operations there is a harmonised response across transport modes and that the response reduces the impact on the cross-border operations and manages to restore normal operations as soon as possible the Agency could deliver support in building a contingency handbook, including a common definition of...
The Agency will endeavour to make sure that the rules and system specifications are smart, proportionate and contribute to the competitiveness of the industry. It will also make sure that the SSC and VA processes are cost and time saving for railway undertakings, fostering the entrance of new operators in the market.
As presented in previous strategic statements, the agency aims at evaluating the economic impact of the vehicle authorisation and issuing of single safety certificate processes on the railway sector, the impact of the TSIs as a package, of market opening and competition...
The Agency will continue in strengthening international cooperation in rail by following the EC international relations agenda, continue its collaboration with European and international standardization organizations and deploy “ERA academy”, its dissemination and training service. Furthermore, the Agency will strive to make EU authorisations internationally recognized and will focus on the EC priorities in terms of technical and geographical areas, and will also provide the requested analyses and support. If grant is extended beyond 2022, the Agency will continue the IPA and/or the EUMed Rail projects.
The Agency will make sure: that its portfolio of activities is planned in a sound manner, in line with its long term strategy and the intervention logic model; that the outcomes and impacts of the its work are always at the core of its decisions; that there is a clear link between the outcomes/impacts and the Agency’s projects and services, including their outputs; that the delivery, monitoring and reporting of the Agency’s projects and services are coordinated in the spirit of efficiency and performance and that they are properly communicated to the public.
This includes the multi-annual work related to the human resources strategy, the ICT strategy, the building facilities, the management of Agency’s financial resources and procurements and internal communication. Additional initiatives such as the Better Together at ERA, which aims at implementing the matrix “one agency” approach, will also contribute to this strategic statement.
The Agency is participating to the EU “Platform for change” to address gender equality in transport. The Agency further actively supports initiatives to increase the attractiveness of the railway sector for women, and promotes gender diversity.
The Agency’s aim is to follow and to promote good sustainability practice, to reduce the environmental impacts of its activities and to help its stakeholders to do the same. The Agency’s principles are implemented in different goals:
The Agency welcomes diversity in nationalities and aims to embrace within the organisation employees all over Europe in the next years.
Through its mission and actions, the Agency is committed to contribute to the EC Political guidelines:
The Agency will support the EC agenda to ensure sustainable, safe, affordable and accessible transport and to strengthen rail’s role in the transport mix, in line with its mission and mandate.