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Identification number in the register: 9624415524-28
Registration date: 17/10/2008 14:00:10

The information on this entity was last modified on: 20/03/2017 12:25:59
The date of the last annual update was: 20/03/2017 12:25:59
Next update due latest on: 20/03/2018

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual




    Section of registration

II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations

Trade and business associations

    Contact details

Avenue Louise, 221
Brussels 1050


    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  Philippe Citroën

Director General

    Person in charge of EU relations

Mr  Leonardo Dongiovanni

Public Affairs Manager

    Goals / remit

UNIFE is representing the European rail manufacturing industry in Brussels since 1992. With 23 fulltime staff, the Association gathers over 80 of Europe’s leading large and SME rail supply companies active in the design, manufacture, maintenance and refurbishment of rail transport systems, subsystems and related equipment. UNIFE also brings together 14 national rail industry associations of European countries. UNIFE members have an 84% market share in Europe and supply 46% of the worldwide production of rail equipment and services. UNIFE advocates its members’ interests at both the European and International level—actively promoting EU rail equipment and standards within Europe and abroad.

All segments of the rail supply industry are represented in the membership: system integrators, railway infrastructure supply companies, rolling stock as well as subsystem and signalling suppliers and engineering companies join under the UNIFE umbrella to collaborate on common challenges and issues facing the rail supply industry. Our members are committed to providing the best technology to meet the challenges of growing transport volumes and the demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly transport. UNIFE and its members also work on the setting of interoperability standards and coordinate EU-funded research projects that aim at the technical harmonisation of railway systems. Through this broad spectrum of work and contributions to the European transport system, UNIFE has established itself as a trusted partner of the European Institutions in all matters related to rail and transport and is one of the official supporting bodies of the European Railway Agency.

  • European
  • global
  • national

    Specific activities covered by the Register

Urban mobility
EFSI Regulation
Trade and international affairs (FTAs with Japan and US, industrial dialogue with China)
Sustainable mobility
Industrial Policy

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




Industrial dialogue on the competitiveness of the European rail supply industry

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.

    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above

100%: 5   50%: 3  



    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Arturs ALKSNIS 21/02/2017 09/02/2018
Philippe Citroen 09/06/2017 24/05/2018
Leonardo DONGIOVANNI 20/07/2017 28/06/2018
Nicolas Florent Furio 13/10/2016 11/10/2017
Jonathan NGUYEN 11/11/2016 09/11/2017
Jean-Philippe PEUZIAT 21/02/2017 07/02/2018

    Fields of interest

  • Budget
  • Climate Action
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enlargement
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • Internal Market
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology
  • Trade
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Transport

    Membership and affiliation

UNIFE is a member of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), of Rail Forum Europe and of SLOCAT.

Informal network with rail associations and related industry at a national, European and International level, and with other stakeholders (e.g. NGOs) whenever required.

    Financial data

01/2016  -  12/2016

500,000 € - 599,999 €


591,000 €

FP7 and Horizon 2020 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.

    Code of conduct

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