UIRR, International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport
II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations
Trade and business associations
Rue Montoyer, 31
P.O. box: bte 11
Mr Ralf-Charley Schultze
Mr Ralf-Charley Schultze
The International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (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.
The strategic aims of UIRR are to
- achieve a balanced regulatory framework for every mode of transport, which enables fair competition based on technical-merit and management excellence; and
- to grow the market for CT.
The mission of UIRR is to
- Promote CT by providing information on it and producing contributions to the forming of the regulatory framework of European transport;
- Enhance CT through catalysing professional exchanges and engaging in RDI projects.
- Support CT with services that can ideally be organised and provided through a neutral, yet professional industry association, such as UIRR.
Promotion of Combined Transport: Publications such as books, annual reports and CT statistical data, quarterly newsletters, position papers and press releases on specific (legislative) topics, regular press and conference appearances, events, as well as an informative website - www.uirr.com - 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.
Enhancement through standardisation, research and development: Coordination of RDI projects that aim at developing new solutions and best practice, participation in European standardisation initiatives (in collaboration with CEN and ERA, as well as UIC), and the facilitation of professional exchanges through the operation stakeholder Interest Groups. 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.
Supporting daily operations of Combined Transport: A series of professional Interest Groups meet under UIRR to regularly discuss ways of enhancing operational practices and technologies used, while spreading best practice. 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.
- Mid-term review of the Transport White Paper of 2011
- Fourth Railway Package
- Amendment of Directive 96/53 on the weights and dimensions of commercial road vehicles
- Rail Statistics Regulation
- Revision of Regulation 913/2010 on rail freight corridors
- Revision of Directive 92/106 concerning Combined Transport
- Revision of the Eurovignette Directive
- transport-related implementing acts
- TSIs developed by the European Railway Agency
- SERAC Corridor Conference
- Rail Market Monitoring Scheme
- EUROSTAT Transport WG
- ERA Network of Representative Bodies
- Aerodynamic Devices WG (DG MOVE)
- Railway Dialogue (DG MOVE)
- Network of Representative Bodies (ERA)
- Administrative Board (ERA)
- Rail Forum Europe
Since 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 the TEN-T Guidelines and formulation of the Connecting Europe Facility
- The Fourth Railway Package
- 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
- Preparations for the recast of Directive 92/106 on Combined Transport
- Cooperation with the European Railway Agency on technical standardisation, interoperability and safety issues
- Contribution to CEN standardisation activities
50%: 2 25%: 2
Activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register do not exclusively constitute the scope of responsibilities of the aforementioned colleagues.
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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 Barge Union (EBU)
European Shipowners Association (ECSA)
European Federation of Inland ports (EFIP)
European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM)
European Rail Freight Association (ERFA)
European Rail Research Council (ERRAC)
European Shippers Council (ESC)
European Seaports Organisation (ESPO)
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 (UN ECE)
01/2014 - 12/2014
100,000 € - 199,999 €
FP7 and Marco Polo II Programme (EACI)
Grants are related to participation in EU financed research projects (falling under the FP7 framework program), as well as Marco Polo projects.
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.