The European Railway Agency (ERA) based in Lille/Valenciennes, France, helps to build an integrated European railway area by reinforcing rail safety and promoting interoperability. Set up in 2006, ERA develops common technical specifications and common approaches to safety, working closely with stakeholders from the rail sector as well as with national authorities, the EU institutions and other interested parties. Featuring a dedicated Safety Unit, ERA also monitors and reports on rail safety in the EU.
The Commission made in 2010-2011 an evaluation of the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 881/2004 establishing the European Railway Agency, with help of external consultants. The stakeholder consultation was an important part of this process; its results were presented at a public seminar on 10 December 2010.
Disclaimer: the presentation above is made available for information purposes only and should be seen as a support to the final report; it cannot be regarded as final nor binding for the Commission.
The evaluation was overall positive, with few areas for improvement and the conclusions were used in the subsequent work on new ERA Regulation (COM(2013)27 ).
Notif-IT (Notifications using Information Technology) is a web-based application developed by the European Commission (DG MOVE) in cooperation with the European Railway Agency for the benefit of the Member States, the industry and the public.
From 1 June 2010, national railway safety and technical rules should be notified to the Commission via Notif-IT. The Commission will evaluate the notifications and publish the notified rules in this database.
Notif-IT will increase the transparency and understanding of national requirements to all stakeholders. This will contribute to the achievement of the Community objectives for developing railway transport and making the national railway systems more interoperable.
Notif-IT leaflet [320 KB]