II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations
Trade and business associations
Avenue Louise, 221
Mr Philippe Citroën
Mr Leonardo Dongiovanni
Public Affairs Manager
UNIFE represents the European Rail Industry in Brussels since 1992. The Association gathers more than 80 of Europe’s leading large and medium-sized rail supply companies active in the design, manufacture, maintenance and refurbishment of rail transport systems,subsystems and related equipment. A further one thousand suppliers of railway equipment partake in UNIFE activities through 16 national rail industry associations. UNIFE members have an 80% market share in Europe and supply more than 50% of the worldwide production of rail equipment and services.
UNIFE represents its members’ interests at the level of both European and international institutions. On the technical side, UNIFE works on the setting of interoperability standards and coordinates EU-funded research projects that aim at the technical harmonisation of railway systems. The association is one of the supporting bodies of the European Railway Agency.
UNIFE activities are structured as follows:
- Research and standardization activities, in particular the management of EU-funded projects and work on technical harmonization in the railway sector;
- Public Affairs activities, which fall under the scope of this register and are further described below.
4th Railway Package
Stocktaking review of Transport White Paper
Non Road Mobile Machineries Directive
Trade and international affairs (FTAs with Japan and US, industrial dialogue with China)
UNIFE Annual report
UNIFE briefing for Council Presidencies
UNIFE World Rail Market Study
UNIFE-CER Annual Reception
Various ad-hoc events
Bilateral meetings with decision makers
Intergroup on EU financing
Rail Forum Europe
UNIFE represents the European Rail Industry vis-à-vis EU decision-makers, including members of the European Commission, Parliament and Council. Whilst our main activities relate to transport policy, we also work on a wide range of issues such as environmental policies or technical innovation.
UNIFE maintains regular contacts with European decision-makers through different means: “position papers”, information papers & brochure, letters, replies to public consultations, specific events or direct meetings.
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Unife is a member of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and of Rail Forum Europe.
Informal network with rail associations and related industry at a national, European and International level, and with other stakeholders (e.g. NGOs) whenever required.
01/2014 - 12/2014
500,000 € - 599,999 €
FP7 research projects related to UNIFE’s Technical Affairs Unit
This amount gives an estimation of the UNIFE budget allocated to public affairs. Activities which are not “direct lobbying” but relate to monitoring policy developments, such as attending conferences and events, or reporting on Parliamentary sessions, are also included in this figure.
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.