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  • City Logistics Research, a Transatlantic Perspective
    Published on: 28/01/2014
    A report of the first EU-U.S. Transportation Research Symposium on city logistics research held in May 30-31, 2013 in Washington D.C is now available online.
  • First announcement, save the date!
    Published on: 28/01/2014
    TRANSPORT SAFETY: SOCIETAL CHALLENGES, RESEARCH SOLUTIONS An event of the Italian EU Presidency Palazzo Ducale – Genoa, Italy 4-5 December 2014
  • Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Information Day, save the date!
    Published on: 28/01/2014
    Charlemagne building – Brussels 13 October 2014
  • FP7 final call round-up
    Published on: 23/01/2014
    The final calls for proposals for transport-related research under the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), announced in July 2012, has resulted in the launch of a wide range of potentially impactful projects.
  • Report on Synergies between Horizon 2020 and the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 issued by the FP7 Transport Research Programme Committee
    Published on: 17/12/2013
    The report explains and provides recommendations on the need for a pro-active approach linking both policies to maximise their impacts.
  • TRA 2014 calls for competitions
    Published on: 10/10/2013
    The 5th edition of the conference "Transport Research Arena" will be hosted in France on April 14-17, 2014, in the CNIT (Paris la Défense).
  • US (DoT) – EC cooperation agreement in transport research
    Published on: 05/03/2013
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    On February 12, the United States and the European Union met in Washington to discuss ways to enhance their science, technology and innovation cooperation.
  • Infodays 2012 - proceedings online
    Published on: 23/07/2012
    The Transport Research Information Days brought several hundreds of people interested in doing research under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research to Brussels, to learn about the current opportunities in the field of transport. Proceedings, participant lists and additional documents are now available online.
  • Driving innovations - a short movie
    Published on: 25/06/2012
  • Draft Work Programme 2013 online now
    Published on: 19/06/2012
  • Registration Transport Information Days 2012 open
    Published on: 07/05/2012
    The registration for the Transport Information Days 2012 is open as of today, 7 May 2012.
  • Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn will attend Transport Research Arena
    Published on: 19/04/2012
  • Results evaluations horizontal activities transport call 2012
    Published on: 16/02/2012
    The Commission, assisted by independent experts, has completed the evaluation of research proposals submitted to the transport calls that were launched in July 2011 and closed in December 2011.
  • Call for proposals closed
    Published on: 06/12/2011
    As part of the Framework Programme for research, which funds excellent European science, the European Commission regularly launches calls for proposals. The call for proposals for transport research that was launched on 19 July 2011 closed on 1 December 2011, receiving more applications than last year.
  • 'Horizon 2020' focuses on smart, green and integrated transport research
    Published on: 30/11/2011
    On 30 November 2011, European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn launched the European Commission's proposed new framework programme for research and innovation in 2014-2020, called Horizon 2020. The proposal is now up for discussion in the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers and is expected to be adopted by the end of 2013.
  • Annual Activity Report 2010
    Published on: 16/11/2011
    The annual Activity Report of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation shows how our work drives forward an integrated and world-class research and innovation system in Europe. You can now find it online.
  • Annual NCP meeting in Brussels, 15 September 2011
    Published on: 11/10/2011
    The National Contact Points met with the Transport Directorate in Brussels on 15 September 2011. They exchanged practices and information to stay up to date. Their presentations and those of the European Commission are now available for you directly.
  • "Cold-calling": warning to project participants
    Published on: 04/10/2011
    From time to time participants in projects funded under the framework programmes are contacted by organisations seeking payment in return for publishing information on the work being undertaken within their projects. Contrary to some of the "sales pitches" used, these publications and their services have not been endorsed by the Commission.
  • Infodays 2011 - slides and speeches
    Published on: 25/07/2011
    The Infodays 2011, which took place on 18 and 19 July 2011, offered parties with a research project focused on transport interested in participating in FP7 the necessary information. A webstream of all the presentations given is available online, as are slides of presentations (after the break) and a list of participants.
  • New calls for transport research launched
    Published on: 20/07/2011
    Today, the European Commission launched a new round of FP7 calls for transport research. Researchers and scientists interested in submitting a proposal can do so
  • Launch of the new Transport Research website
    Published on: 08/07/2011
    The new website of the European Commission's transport directorate of DG Research and Innovation was launched today.
  • Lisbon accessibility plan opening doors
    Published on: 20/12/2010
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    Participants at the recent Mediate and Access2All joint conference heard what a number of cities are doing to improve access to public transport, including the city of Lisbon.
  • Electromobility+ transnational call open
    Published on: 15/12/2010
    'Electromobility+' is a joint initiative involving 13 European countries and regions under the European Green Cars programme. Its aim is to create sustainable conditions for the development of electric mobility in Europe by 2025.
  • Successful public transport demonstration at India Commonwealth Games
    Published on: 29/10/2010
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    The EU-funded 'Stadium' project has carried out a successful demonstration of new Intelligent Transport Systems, helping to get spectators and athletes to and from sports venues at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
  • Innovation Union – turning ideas into green growth, jobs and social progress
    Published on: 07/10/2010
    The European Commission unveiled details of its flagship ‘Innovation Union’ this week. Driven on at the highest political level, this proposal sets out a strategic approach to innovation.
  • 'New' Member States into research fold
    Published on: 11/08/2010
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    Though still often referred to as 'New Member States', countries that joined the Union in the latest accession rounds are widely seen as equal partners in the European Research Area (ERA).
  • Surface Transport research gets new boost
    Published on: 29/07/2010
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    A new set of calls for proposals has been published for surface transport research, including road, rail and waterborne modes. EU officials set the stage at an 'Information Day' in Brussels.
  • EU launches new calls for transport research proposals
    Published on: 23/07/2010
    The European Commission is making new funding available for key transport research initiatives.
  • EU projects say transport networks vulnerable to climate change
    Published on: 28/06/2010
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    Every year, severe weather events wreak havoc on roads, railways and waterways across Europe. A number of EU-funded researcher projects are trying to understand how climate change could affect transport, and looking for ways to prepare for and mitigate the effects.
  • EU innovation on Facebook taps into social networking trend
    Published on: 18/06/2010
    The European Commission's 'Innovation Union' page on Facebook gives web surfers a chance to learn about and discuss EU research and innovation activities.
  • Website on European Research Area launched
    Published on: 18/06/2010
    The newly launched website of the European Research Area (ERA) provides information on measures the Commission is taking to enable the free movement of knowledge and stimulate innovation.
  • Providing direction for EU research coordinators
    Published on: 10/06/2010
    On 31 May 2010 in Brussels, the European Commission's Research Directorate-General hosted an 'Information Day' for research project coordinators hoping to hone their administrative skills.
  • Sectors pull together at ETP Conference 2010
    Published on: 04/06/2010
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    The ETP Conference in Brussels in May 2010 saw hundreds of representatives of industry, academia, civil society, EU member-states and the European Commission coming together for two days of focused debate on the challenges facing Europe and how to address them through research and innovation.
  • Major focus on transport research at ETP conference
    Published on: 04/06/2010
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    The European Technology Platform (ETP) conference 'Working together on societal changes' featured key sessions on transport research, highlighting the central role of mobility in modern society. Issues included decarbonisation, door-to-door urban mobility, and safety and security.
  • E-CAero to hold Workshop on disseminating science and technology
    Published on: 25/03/2010
    On 19-20 April 2010, the EU-funded 'E-CAero' initiative will hold its first European Workshop on enhancing the dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge.
  • Outcome of third call for proposals for surface transport research
    Published on: 08/02/2010
    The European Commission has released some preliminary results of the latest call for proposals for transport research.
  • Citizens have their say at 'Move Together' final meeting
    Published on: 11/12/2009
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    The groundbreaking Move Together project gathered average citizens from all EU Member States to assess the current state of urban transport research. Partners, participants and mobility stakeholders discussed the results of their work at a final meeting in Brussels on 7 December 2009.
  • Transport 'Info Day' goes green
    Published on: 22/10/2009
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    The Transport Research Info Days, on 28 and 29 September 2009, featured in-depth presentations and information on the full range of topics covered under the new FP7 transport research calls for proposals, including aeronautics. Over two days, a record 1200 participants attended the event in Brussels, surpassing similar events in 2007 and 2008.
  • EU launches major series of calls for transport research proposals
    Published on: 01/09/2009
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    The European Union is making available new funding for key transport research initiatives. Calls for proposals have been launched under the 'Green Cars', 'Ocean of tomorrow' and 'ERA-NET' initiatives, while new international co-operative research with China and Russia will also be funded. 'Information Days' events are set to support calls.
  • A European vision for sustainable transport
    Published on: 29/01/2009
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    Researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders assembled in Lyon to hammer out a vision for sustainable transport in the context of the 2020 vision for the European Research Area.
  • Transport Research on the move – An animated and interactive overview
    Published on: 08/01/2009
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    Explore for yourself the world of EU-funded transport research, from road to rail to waterborne and air transport. Browse by mode or by themes such as 'environment', 'urban transport' and 'safety and security'. In-depth summaries explain the work of individual research projects.
  • EU citizens and decision makers 'MOVE TOGETHER' on urban mobility
    Published on: 08/07/2008
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    Improving public transport in the Union's major cities means satisfying a complex range of economic, environmental and social demands. The groundbreaking MOVE TOGETHER project includes average citizens from all EU Member States, working to ensure that people in high places get the message from down in the streets.
  • Vacancy notice: Executive Director
    Published on: 03/07/2008
    Can you lead the Clean Sky JTI?
  • 'YEAR 2008' winners named in Ljubljana
    Published on: 20/05/2008
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    Winners of the 'Young European Arena of Research' (YEAR 2008) competition received awards during the TRA Conference in Slovenia. In front of 1200 delegates from across Europe, students received medals and prizes for their groundbreaking work in road transport research.
  • Safety makes headlines at major road transport research conference
    Published on: 19/05/2008
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    Speakers at the recent TRA 2008 conference in Ljubljana took on the key question of road safety. Despite enormous efforts and some improvements, all agreed that much remains to be done to reduce the occurrence and severity of road accidents.
  • ‘MODTRAIN’ delivers final results
    Published on: 11/04/2008
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    Participants in the EU-funded MODTRAIN project presented their results at a final conference in Paris on 2 April 2008. The event was attended by over 100 people, including representatives of the research community, the rail manufacturing industry, transport operators and the European Commission.
  • Displaying the latest road transport solutions
    Published on: 08/04/2008
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    Covering three floors in Ljubljana's largest conference centre, the TRA 2008 exhibition space will showcase the latest technological innovations and road transport solutions for the future.
  • Promoting young researchers
    Published on: 08/04/2008
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    Developing the road transport solutions of the future will require hard work and imagination from a new generation of scientists. TRA 2008 will spotlight the most exciting and creative research being carried out by students from all over Europe.
  • TRA 2008 to feature a wealth of in-depth conference sessions
    Published on: 08/04/2008
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    One of the main draws of TRA 2008 will be its rich conference programme. Why should you come to this event? To hear top-level personalities discuss greener, safer and smarter road transport in 58 sessions over four days.
  • TRA 2008 set to tackle urban mobility challenges
    Published on: 27/02/2008
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    Among the issues to be addressed at TRA 2008 is improving urban transport. Organisers will be highlighting new ideas and initiatives being implemented in the Ljubljana city environment, but also around Europe under the EU Research Framework Programme.
  • Researchers flock to Surface Transport Information Day
    Published on: 22/02/2008
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    The European Commission’s Directorates-General for Research (DG RES) and for Energy and Transport (DG Mobility and Transport) held a joint Surface Transport Information Day on 7 February 2008. The event featured presentations by top-level EC officials.
  • TRA 2008 road safety and security focus
    Published on: 12/02/2008
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    Organisers of this year’s Transport Research Arena (TRA 2008) in Ljubljana will be highlighting a number of important road transport-related issues, including safety and security. Participants will hear high-level presentations throughout the event and see key initiatives showcased at the conference exhibition.
  • TRA 2008 to highlight accomplishments of young researchers
    Published on: 05/02/2008
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    The Young European Arena of Research is an FP7-funded competition for early-stage researchers in the area of road transport. It will give students an opportunity to showcase their work, both on the internet and, for the finalists, at the Transport Research Arena (TRA 2008) conference in Slovenia in April 2008.
  • ‘SILENCE’ reigns at urban rail transport seminar
    Published on: 30/01/2008
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    On 17 January 2008, railway stakeholders gathered at UIC headquarters in Paris to discuss new measures for reducing noise in the city environment. The EU-funded SILENCE project is delivering integrated technologies, systems and methodologies for the efficient control of urban noise as well as practical tools for their implementation.
  • ‘EURFORUM’ unveils urban mobility SRA
    Published on: 29/11/2007
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    A new Strategic Research Agenda for Urban Mobility was presented at the final conference of the FP6-funded EURFORUM Coordination Action in Brussels on 19 November 2007. High level participation included speakers from the Portuguese Presidency, the Committee of Regions, the European Parliament and the European Commission.
  • Gender issues in transport: work in progress
    Published on: 29/11/2007
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    The third seminar on ‘Gender Equality and Scientific Excellence’ took place in Brussels in September 2007. Over 70 participants attended, including members of FP6 Advisory Groups and Program Committees, representatives of Member States, experts on women and science issues, and a dozen EU Research Project Officers.
  • Successful ‘SIMBA’ event in São Paulo
    Published on: 08/11/2007
    On 4 October 2007, the EU-funded SIMBA project held its Brazil National Event in conjunction with the SIMEA International Symposium on Automotive Engineering.
  • EU transport research goes to China
    Published on: 08/11/2007
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    A delegation from the European Commission’s DG Research Transport Directorate travelled to Beijing in October 2007, with the aim of bringing Europe and China closer together on transport research. Meetings targeted Chinese government institutions, academia and industry and focussed on the identification of future collaborative projects.
  • EU and South Africa to co-operate on surface transport research
    Published on: 20/09/2007
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    European Union and South African officials met in Pretoria and Stellenbosch on 10-14 July 2007, agreeing an Action Plan and adopting a Joint Statement on co-operative surface transport R&D.
  • ‘SURFACE NET’ opens EU transport research to New Member State SMEs
    Published on: 26/07/2007
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    On 6 June 2007, a workshop on ‘EU Surface Transport in the Seventh Framework Programme’ took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event, organised by the EU-funded SURFACE NET initiative, delivered new ideas for ensuring sustainable urban mobility and strengthening the competitiveness of SMEs.
  • ‘NICHES’ a highlight at POLIS 2007
    Published on: 10/05/2007
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    The EU-funded NICHES initiative held its final event in Toulouse on 16 March 2007, as part of the POLIS 2007 conference on ‘Innovation in local transport for attractive cities and regions’. The occasion was attended by more than 300 participants from across Europe and featured the presentation of the ‘OSMOSE’ Awards by EU Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot.
  • ‘EUROFORUM’ sets priorities for urban mobility
    Published on: 30/03/2007
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    The EU-funded EURFORUM initiative held its first plenary session in Brussels on 28 February 2007. Over 60 participants from across Europe came together to discuss the current state of the art in city transport.
  • Transport Research Information Day draws full house
    Published on: 20/02/2007
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    The European Commission’s Directorates-General for Research (DG RTD) and for Energy and Transport (DG TREN) held Joint Information Days on 13 and 14 February 2007 to support the preparation of proposals in response to the first call for proposals under the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7).
  • ‘TransSLO’ brings New Member States into ERA fold
    Published on: 13/02/2007
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    A new transport research initiative, led by new EU Member State Slovenia, is organising two workshops aimed at bringing the EU-12 (New Member States) into the European Research Area (ERA), with particular emphasis on sustainable surface transport.
  • Commission moves to improve cross-border rail transport
    Published on: 06/02/2007
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    Under successive EU Framework Programmes, community research has developed innovative technologies and solutions to facilitate cross-border rail transport operations. Now, the European Commission has announced new steps aimed at improving cross-acceptance of rail products.
  • Action on CO2
    Published on: 19/01/2007
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    Growth in emissions from the transport sector may mean that Europe misses its Kyoto targets on climate change. Research initiatives are already underway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all segments of the transport sector and other actions to reduce or eliminate carbon dioxide pollution are envisaged.
  • ‘SIMBA’ draws international participants to South Africa
    Published on: 21/12/2006
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    SIMBA held the last of its 2006 Regional Priority Workshops in Stellenbosch, South Africa on 4-5 December. The EU-funded project is working to strengthen road transport research co-operation around the world. The event follows successful meetings in China, India, and Brazil.
  • High-level input at ‘NICHES’ seminar
    Published on: 21/12/2006
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    The NICHES policy seminar held at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 12 December 2006 featured major discussions of new concepts in the field of urban transport and mobility. Important topics included accelerating the uptake of innovation to the benefit of citizens and meeting local policy goals. Successful examples were provided by high representatives of key European cities.
  • FP7 Energy and Transport ‘Information Days’
    Published on: 18/12/2006
    The European Commission Directorates-General for Research and for Energy and Transport will hold joint ‘Information Days’ on 13 and 14 February 2007. The aim is to support the preparation of proposals in response to the First Calls for Proposals under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) The event will take place in the Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, Brussels.
  • Berlin INNOTRANS 2006 conference looks forward
    Published on: 18/12/2006
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    INNOTRANS is the international platform for buyers and sellers of passenger and freight transport technology. The event has become as an industry showcase, focusing on the state of the art in railway technologies, including both infrastructure and rolling stock.
  • MODTRAIN demonstrator wows crowds at INNOTRANS
    Published on: 18/12/2006
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    MODTRAIN was at the heart of the INNOTRANS exhibition, where visitors walked through an integrated demonstrator featuring a new driving cab and passenger areas. It was the first time both of these MODTRAIN elements were on display to the public at large.
  • ERRAC Plenary revisits railway vision
    Published on: 13/12/2006
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    The 14th Plenary meeting of the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) took place in Berlin in conjunction with the INNOTRANS 2006 conference. ERRAC members had a unique opportunity to see and discuss a range of exciting new developments in the European railway sector.
  • New Member States impress workshop participants
    Published on: 05/10/2006
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    The CALM workshop in Budapest on 13 September 2006 gathered a range of participants working to reduce transport-related noise. Among those attending were researchers from the EU’s New Member States (NMSs), all of whom confirmed a growing determination to become full partners in the European Research Area (ERA).
  • CALM network brings groundbreaking workshop to Hungary
    Published on: 29/09/2006
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    Over 80 participants, representing EU Member States, the Commission, and academic, research and business institutions, met to discuss noise research on 13 September 2006 in Budapest. The CALM initiative is the result of close collaborative efforts between EU Research and Environment Directorates.
  • EU launches ‘MODBRAKE’ for rail interoperability
    Published on: 21/09/2006
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    The EU-funded MODBRAKE project, aimed at developing and interchangeable brake systems, kicked off on 27 June 2006 in Brussels. European Commission officials say it represents an important contribution to the practical implementation of railway interoperability across Europe.
  • World Congress on Railway Research emphasises sustainability
    Published on: 22/08/2006
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    The world’s biggest meeting of rail researchers took place in Montreal from 4-8 June 2006. The World Congress on Rail Research (WCRR) brought together more than 750 participants for five days of presentations, posters and workshops. The conference theme, ‘Progressing together’, reflected technical as well as economic, operational and social challenges facing the rail industry.
  • Swedish road transport takes centre stage
    Published on: 12/07/2006
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    The ‘Transport Research Arena’ (TRA) 2006 conference brought researchers, businesspeople and decision-makers to Göteborg, Sweden, for four days of talks, presentations and exchange. But the conference programme also gave participants the chance to see some of the world’s most advanced road transport facilities and initiatives up close and in action.
  • EU and Russia sign Joint Statement on rail transport research co-operation
    Published on: 22/06/2006
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    A ‘kick-off’ workshop on EU-Russia co-operation on rail transport research took place in Moscow on 20-22 April 2006. The result was a new ‘EU- Russian Railway Research Joint Statement’ and an ‘Action Plan’ aimed at establishing an operational platform for EU-Russian collaboration in this strategic transport arena.
  • European Railway Agency launched
    Published on: 27/08/2004
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    On 15 July 2004, the first meeting of the Administrative Board of the European Railway Agency took place in Valenciennes. The new EU body aims to improve the safety and interoperability of Europe’s railway networks.
  • Rail research in Edinburgh — industry goes on offensive to meet customers' needs
    Published on: 20/11/2003
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    The world’s biggest meeting of rail researchers took place in Edinburgh from 29 September to 1 October 2003. The World Congress on Rail Research (WCRR) brought together more than 600 participants for three days of presentations, posters and workshops. The conference theme, ‘From birth to renaissance’, reflected the technical as well as economic, operational and social challenges facing the rail industry.