Rli online event international rail 18/09/20

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INVITATION Rli online event international rail on 18 September 2020

Friday 18 September 2020, 10:00 - 12:00 hrs

Dear sir/madam,

Trains have the potential to make an increasingly important contribution to safe, energy-efficient and low carbon emission transport. In this way, international passenger rail transport can play a crucial part in the realisation of the goals set for the European Green Deal. How do we shape international coordination to ensure Europe has a well-functioning network of frequent and fast international connections?

To find an answer, the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) has published an advisory report on international rail: “Changing Tracks: Towards better international passenger transport by train” (which will be available in English in September). An important part of this advisory report is a letter addressed to the European Commission. This letter was co-signed by advisory bodies from Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, and endorsed by still more. To highlight the recommendations - focussing on the proposed corridor approach - and discuss these findings in a European context, the Rli is hosting an online conference.

The following speakers (amongst others) are contributing by presenting their visions on international rail passenger transport and the corridor approach, and are taking part in an interactive panel discussion: 

Jeroen Kok
Chair of the council committee (Rli)

Wijnand Veeneman
Member of the council committee (Rli)

Daniel Mes
Member of Cabinet Frans Timmermans

Monika Heiming
Executive Director of the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM)

Libor Lochman
Executive Director of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)

Josef Doppelbauer
Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA)

Elisabeth Werner
Director Land Transport of the European Commission (DG-MOVE)


The conference promises to be informative, but also inspirational: we aim to share a vision on international rail as a way to a greener future for Europe and leave participants with inspiration and enthusiasm to put the recommendations in to practice.

We welcome all interested parties, government authorities and experts in the rail sector who are interested in improving international passenger rail transport to join. Participants are invited to play an active role: contribute to the conference by sending in your questions live in our chatbox. Your input will then shape the panel discussion that concludes the conference. 

In addition, at the end of the presentations and panel discussion we offer you an online networking opportunity to connect with presenters and participants of the meeting (12:00 – 12:30).

You can register for the event bij clicking the button "Yes, register now" at the top of this e-mail.

Kind regards,


Council for the Environment and Infrastructure,

ir. J.J. de Graeff                                                      dr. R. Hillebrand
voorzitter Rli                                                           algemeen secretaris Rli


For more information, visit the website or contact the project team:

Tim Zwanikken (+31 (0)6 5287 4404)

Linde Jehee (linde.jehee@rli.nl, +31 (0)6 29187795)

Pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we draw your attention to the fact that your name and address will be included in a list that will be shared with the meeting’s other participants. The purpose of this notification is to provide insight into our working methods and to comply with our accountability obligation (i.e. evidence) as a strategic advisory board. In addition, your name may also be included in the back of the publication (booklet) and will be archived; at a later stage, the archive file will be transferred to the Dutch National Archives. Rli will do everything in its power to process and secure your data appropriately. By participating, you consent to your data being used for the purposes as described. If you object to your information being included in a public version of a list of participants, in a list of names for archiving purposes, or in the back of an Rli publication, then please inform us in writing or by e-mail. For more information about the data processing and your legal rights, please see the privacy statement on Rli's website: https://en.rli.nl/privacy-policy

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