European Railway Summit
in the framework of the French Presidency of the European Union
Rail, the Driver for Greener and More Innovative Transport

Monday 21 February 2022, 9.00-18.15

09h00-09h15 Welcome by Jean-Pierre Farandou, Chairman and CEO, SNCF (confirmed)
  • Adina Valean, Commissioner for Transport (confirmed)
  • Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth (video)
09h15-09h45 Launching ceremony of Europe's Rail

Interventions by:
  • Henrik Hololei, Director General, DG MOVE, European Commission (confirmed)
  • Adina Valean, Commissioner for Transport (confirmed)
  • Andreas Matthä, President of CER (confirmed)
  • Henri Poupart-Lafarge, President of UNIFE (confirmed)
Welcome of Europe’s Rail’s Members introduced by Carlo M Borghini, Executive Director of Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking (confirmed), followed by a family photo
09h45-11h00 Ministerial round table
Discussion about the European Railways’ Pledge for a More Attractive, Sustainable, Inclusive and Innovative Mobility

Round table chaired by Adina Valean, Commissioner for Transport (confirmed), and Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Minister
Delegate for Transport and President of the Transport Council (confirmed), with:
  • Aleš Mihelič, Secretary of State, Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure (confirmed)
  • Volker Wissing, German Federal Minister for Transport and Digital (confirmed)
  • Georges Gilkinet, Belgian Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Mobility (confirmed)
  • Nicoletta Giadrossi, Chairwoman of the Board, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (confirmed)
  • Richard Lutz, CEO, Deutsche Bahn (confirmed)
  • Róbert Homolya, Chairman and CEO, MÁV (confirmed)
  • Jean-Pierre Farandou, Chairman and CEO, SNCF (confirmed)
11h00-12h30 Round table 1
Why is rail the solution to decarbonise transport?

Greenhouse gas emissions from transport continue to rise. Not only is rail transport the mode that generates the least negative externalities, but it continues to further improve its environmental performance thanks to innovation (hybrid trains, on batteries, hydrogen ...). The round table will discuss ways to maintain and further increase the competitiveness of rail transport in comparison with other more polluting transport modes.

  • Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation (confirmed)
  • Mauro Petriccione, Director General, DG CLIMA, European Commission (confirmed)
  • Clément Beaune, Minister of State for European Affairs (confirmed)
  • Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg, Member of the European Parliament (confirmed)
  • Richard Lutz, CEO, Deutsche Bahn (confirmed)
  • Christophe Fanichet, CEO, SNCF Voyageurs (confirmed)
  • Thierry Mallet, CEO and Chairman, Transdev (confirmed)
12h30-14h00 Lunch at the Innovation Forum
14h00-15h30 Round table 2
Digitalisation and innovation: how to build the rail system of the future?

The development of rail is part of the solution to reduce transport emissions. To increase the volume of rail transport,
the capacity and efficiency of the rail system must be increased, and it must be modernised.

This round table aims to identify priority technological and innovation levers that can make it possible to achieve this,
in particular:
  • Modernisation of the network: deployment of ERTMS, Centralised Trafic Control, bypass of metropolises,
    railway nodes, intermodal terminals
  • Efficiency gains thanks to innovative technologies: digital train, autonomous train, digital automatic coupling,
    digital platforms, digital capacity management/TTR, predictive maintenance, 5G, etc.
  • Gains in customer experience and quality of service: MaaS, ticketing modernisation, new passenger services
  • Carole Desnost, Director Technologies, Innovation and Projects, SNCF (confirmed)
  • Libor Lochman, Counsellor for EU affairs to the CEO, CD (confirmed)
  • Laurent Bouyer, President and CEO, Siemens Mobility France (confirmed)
  • Sacha Honnert, CEO, Rhenus Rail (confirmed)
  • Carlo M Borghini, Executive Director, Europe’s Rail (confirmed)
  • Carlos Morais Pires, Member of the Cabinet of Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth (confirmed)
  • Karima Delli, Chair of the European Parliament's Transport Committee (confirmed)
15h30-15h45 Innovation interlude
15h45-16h15 Coffee break
16h15-17h45 Round table 3
How to finance tomorrow’s rail system?

The previous round table identified investment needs in technologies that can enable rail to develop massively and contribute to reducing transport emissions.

This round table examines the topic of financing these investments. It aims to:
  • Make a diagnosis of the financing needs and the necessary support at national and European level
  • Examine best practices
  • Highlight the societal benefits of investing in the rail system
  • Identify potential new resources (ETS revenues, ecological taxation)
  • Benoît Thirion, Partner, Altermind (confirmed)
  • Herald Ruijters, Director of Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport, DG MOVE (confirmed)
  • Marc Papinutti, Director General for Infrastructure, Transport and the Sea, Ministry of Ecological Transition (confirmed)
  • Dominique Riquet, Member of the Transport Committee of the European Parliament (confirmed)
  • Anne Bringault, Programme Coordinator, Réseau Action Climat France / Europe on Rail (confirmed)
  • Vincent Ducrot, CEO of SBB (confirmed)
  • Luc Lallemand, Chairman and CEO, SNCF Réseau (confirmed)
17h45-18h15 Closing Ceremony of the European Year of Rail

This session marks the official closing of the 2021 European Year of Rail. The year has carried a positive message during a very
difficult year for rail. It has also brought promises for a better future, for both passenger rail and freight. This final session will
hear the Highlights from 2021 and Hopes for the future and for the European Year of Youth from the sector before the official
institutional closing by the Commission, European Parliament and Council.

Moderator: Herald Ruijters, Director, DG MOVE (confirmed)

Highlights and Hopes – Voices of the social partners and stakeholders
·       Christopher Irwin, Board Member, European Passenger Federation (EPF) (confirmed)
·       Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General, European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services (CLECAT) (confirmed)  
·       Livia Spera, Acting General Secretary, European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) (confirmed)
·       Alexandra Debaisieux, Deputy Director General, Railcoop (ALLRAIL/Railcoop) (confirmed)  
·       Tatjana Soeding, Spokesperson, ErasmusbyTrain (confirmed)  
·       Alberto Mazzola, Executive Director, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) (confirmed)  
Formal closing
  • On behalf of the European Commission, Herald Ruijters, Director (confirmed) 
  • On behalf of the European Parliament, Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg, MEP, EYR Rapporteur on the European
    Year of Rail (confirmed)
  • On behalf of the French Presidency of the Council, Marc Papinutti, Director General for Infrastructure, Transport
    and the Sea, Ministry of Ecological Transition (confirmed)