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 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.
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
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.
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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.
01/2016 - 12/2016
500,000 € - 599,999 €
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.
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.