Kicking-off the European Year of Rail 2021

Mar 25, 2021 | EU Year of Rail

2021 is the European Year of Rail! On 29 March, the European Commission and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union will hold a joint conference to officially kick-off the initiative together.

The virtual conference will be livestreamed from Lisbon on 29 March from 14.00 to 17.00 (CET), on the eve of the ministerial informal Council meeting dedicated to rail transport.

The conference will be opened by Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport, and Pedro Nuno Santos, Portugal’s Minister for Infrastructure and Housing.

The programme includes contributions from Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg, MEP and rapporteur on the European Year of Rail, Karima Delli, Chair of the Parliament’s TRAN Committee, Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, and Stientje van Veldhoven, the Netherlands’ State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management.

High-level representatives from the European rail sector will also join panel discussions on key topics for the future of rail transport.   

The event will be open to all, from rail professionals to train enthusiasts. The livestream link will be communicated here ahead of the conference, and more information on the European Year of Rail is available on its official website.

ERRAC members fully support this great initiative, shining a light on one of the most sustainable, innovative and safest transport modes! Find out what rail has in store for you and hop on the #EUYearofRail!