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Profile of registrant

UIRR, International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport

Identification number in the register: 49307536642-11
Registration date: 12/09/11 10:32:37

The information on this organisation was last modified on 22/08/13 16:52:48
The date of the last annual update was 21/08/13 11:44:09

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: UIRR, International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport
Acronym: UIRR
Legal status: s.c.r.l.
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade, business & professional associations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Martin Burkhardt
Position: Director General

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Martin Burkhardt
Position: Director General

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 31 Rue Montoyer 
P.O. box: bte 11
Brussels B-1000
Telephone number: (+32) 25487890
Fax number: (+32) 25126393
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The International Union of Road-Rail transport companies (UIRR) represents European road-rail Combined Transport operators, as well as Transhipment Terminal Managers, who organise this ecologically and economically sustainable system of freight transport.
UIRR was founded in 1970 by eight Combined Transport (CT) Operators with a mission to assist the organisation of border-crossing road-rail traffic within Europe. Members of the Brussels-based UIRR presently operate a CT network which spans the entire continent, and provides connections beyond Europe to destinations as far as China.

Promotion of road-rail Combined Transport: Publications such as books, annual reports and CT statistical data brochure, quarterly newsletters, position papers and press releases on specific (legislative) topics, regular press and conference appearances, events, as well as an informative website serve the purpose of promotion of road-rail Combined Transport by UIRR. European transport politicians, and officials of the European Commission are regularly contacted by UIRR’s staff to ensure that this sustainable system of freight transport, based on efficiently inserting electric rail into long-distance transport-chains, receives the attention that it deserves in Brussels and Strasbourg.

Supporting daily operations of Combined Transport: A series of professional committees meet regularly to discuss ways of enhancing operational practices and technologies used, while spreading best practices under the coordination of UIRR. Moreover, UIRR issues electronic terminal and customer codes to be used with the UIRR data-message, an industry standard which is elemental in the communication between various European CT Operators and their clients. The CESAR tracking and tracing system, established by UIRR member companies, provides valuable information on a daily basis. More recently, the EN13044 standard mandated UIRR to become the Administrator of the ILU-Code, a standardised owner-identification solution for intermodal loading units (ILUs) - swap-bodies and semi-trailers - used in Europe.

Standardisation, research and development: Coordination of Marco Polo projects that provide financial support to launching new CT services by member companies, participation in European standardisation initiatives (in collaboration with CEN and ERA), and active contribution to research projects of the European Union, with an aim to enhance Combined Transport, belong to this branch of activities. UIRR has contributed to numerous projects aiming to develop solutions for improved safety, security, as well as to devise IT solutions for the better facilitation and easier use of Combined Transport, including activities at transhipment terminals.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 4
Complementary information: Activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register do not exclusively constitute the scope of responsibilities of the aforementioned colleagues.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Martin Burkhardt 24/08/13 22/08/14
Akos Balazs Ersek 24/08/13 22/08/14


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

In 2010 UIRR has contributed with written and verbal communication to the following topics:

- Revision of Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (Eurovignette Directive)
- Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area (Transport White Paper)
- Regulation 913/2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight and the Handbook on its implementation
- Recast of the First Railway Package
- Revision of TEN-T
- Preparation for revision of Directive 96/53 (weights and dimensions of HGVs) and the directives relevant for the introduction of aerodynamic devices to be used on HGVs
- Cooperation with the European Railway Agency on technical standardisation, interoperability and safety issues
- Contribution to CEN standardisation activities

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Climate Action
  • Competition
  • Customs
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Environment
  • Internal Market
  • Research and Technology
  • Taxation
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Transport


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

UIRR is formally not a member of any legal organisation or body.
There is regular collaboration between UIRR and peer organisations (in alphabetical order) such as

Allianz Pro Schiene,
Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE),
Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies (CER),
European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistic and Customs Services (CLECAT),
European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
European Intermodal Association (EIA),
European Rail Freight Association (ERFA),
European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM),
European Rail Research Council (ERRAC),
European Shippers Council (ESC),
International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA),
International Road Union (IRU),
International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD),
International Union of Railways (UIC),
Promotion of the Axis of goods Ferroviaire Rhine-Rhone western Mediterranean (FERRMED),
Transport and Environment (T&E),
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 50000  € - 100000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 105,836 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Grants are related to participation in EU financed research projects (falling under the FP7 framework program), as well as Marco Polo projects.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.

The organisation has also declared to be bound to the following other Code: