THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE ASSOCIATION OF THE EUROPEAN RAILWAY INDUSTRY (UNIFE), WAS HELD IN DUBLIN FROM 12 TO 14 JUNEO. MAFEX, AS A UNIFE PARTNER, WAS PRESENT TO SUPPORT THE WORK AND ACTIVITIES OF THIS BODY
Mafex attended the UNIFE General Assembly, which this time was held in Dublin from June 12 to 14. The Dublin Declaration was signed at this year’s Assembly to raise awareness amongst national and EU decision makers about the crucial importance of the railway industry for sustainable development on a worldwide level. That is why the EU and its Member States were urged to act in three areas: Implementation of the Technical Pillar of the Fourth Railway Package, for the promotion of the best Quality-Price ratio in public procurement and to ensure access to the global market. On the other hand, the extension of the Shift2Rail Programme for research and Innovation within the framework of Horizon Europe was requested and to finalise an EU initiative dedicated to improving the skills in the railway industry.
As on previous occasions, on the first day the different Committees and working groups were organised. Then, the assembly itself was held,
where the different actions and milestones accomplished last year were unveiled. The second day was reserved for the organisation of forums, featuring high-level speakers such as Shane Ross, Minister of Tourism, Transport and Sports of Ireland, as well as Henrik Hololei, General Director of Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) of the European Commission, alongside round tables.
It should be noted that in this edition, Philippe Citroën, General Director of UNIFE, asked the European Commission to establish a European Digitisation Platform in the railway sector