Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Rail supply industry

Rail supply industry

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The rail supply industry (RSI) is a crucial component of European industrial growth, jobs and innovation.

RSI includes:

  • the manufacture of locomotives and rolling stock
  • tracks
  • electrification
  • signalling and telecommunication equipment
  • parts
  • services

Both SMEs and major industrial leaders are active in the sector. European RSI invests 2.7% of its annual turnover in R&D and represents 46% of the world RSI market.

RSI employs about 400,000 people in Europe. The railway sector overall – including operators and infrastructure – accounts for more than 1 million direct and 1.2 million indirect jobs in the EU.

Competitiveness of the rail supply industry

The Commission launched a forum to analyse the main challenges facing the sector. This initiative followed both the June 2016 European Parliament resolution on the competitiveness of European RSI and the Commission's response.

2 events took place so far:

The forum is an official Commission expert group in line with the decision on rules for Commission expert groups.

The call for applications for the selection of members of the Commission expert group on the competitiveness of the rail supply industry was open until15 February 2018. 

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