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Karel Vinck

Karel Vinck was born on 19 September 1938.

Previous assignments

1971–1973: Consultant in organisations, Eternit S.p.A. – Genua (Italy)

1971–1973: Guest Professor at the University of Louvain (Belgium)

1973–1975: CEO, Eternit S.p.A. – Genua (Italy)

1975–1978: CEO, Eternit N.V. – Brussels (Belgium)

1978–1983: CEO of Compagnie Financière Eternit, Belgium and of a number of companies the Eternit Group

1983–1985: Managing Director Bekaert Group, Zwevegem (Belgium)

1985–1994: CEO Bekaert Group, Zwevegem (Belgium)

1994–2000: CEO Umicore (ex-Union Minière), Brussels (Belgium)

1997-2000: Honorary Chairman of the Flemish employers association

2002: Chairman Board of Directors Umicore, Brussels (Belgium)

2002–2004: CEO Sibelco

2002–2005: Chief Executive Officer SNCB (Belgian Railways), Brussels

2004-2005: Chairman of CER (The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies)

2008–2013: Chairman Board of BAM - Management Company Mobility Antwerp

Current tasks

Since 2005: Chairman Board of Directors Cumerio, Brussels (Belgium)

Karel Vinck holds other positions: ViA - Vlaanderen in Actie (Flemish Government), VRWB - Flemish Science Policy Council, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Muntschouwburg.

He has been European Coordinator for ERTMS since July 2005. 

On 12th March 2014 Mr Vinck was appointed European Coordinator for ERTMS . He has also been appointed as provisional European Coordinator of the Orient/East-Med Corridor pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] until 30 June 2014.

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Missions 2014

  • Hearing at the NL Parliament and meeting with Ms Mansveld, NL State Secretary of Transport, Den Haag, 15 May 2014

Mr Vinck has been invited to the hearing on ERTMS at the Dutch Parliament on 15 May 2014. The purpose of this hearing was to give an overview to the Parliament Members about the recently submitted national (Dutch) ERTMS deployment plan. Mr Vinck welcomed the Dutch Deployment Plan that explains the implementation process in The Netherlands in a logical way and in detail. Mr Vinck informed the Members of the Dutch Parliament about ERTMS in European context, about its importance and added value at national and European level. Mr Vinck was accompanied by Mr Verslype, Executive Director of the European Railway Agency. In the framework of this hearing Mr Vinck and Mr Verslype had the occasion to have a bilateral discussion with Ms Mansveld, State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands.

  • EU Railway Conference, Lille, 7 May 2014

Mr Vinck has been invited by the European Railway Agency to the EU Railway Conference where he made a keynote speech on ERTMS. In his speech he highlighted the need to focus on limited number of priorities and actions in the upcoming 2 years. He also underlined the importance to follow the "users first" principle, where he identified the Railway Undertakings as the most important users: they must be able to offer a service which meets the requirements of the customers who are only interested in rail as far as it is a competitive transport mode in the broad sense.

  • Inauguration event of Rail Freight Corridors Rhine-Alpine and North Sea – Mediterranean, Ghent, 20 March 2014

Mr Vinck participated together with his Coordinator colleagues, Ms Ana Palacio and Mr Péter Balázs, in the Inauguration event of Rail Freight Corridors Rhine-Alpine and North Sea – Mediterranean that has been attended by high level Infrastructure Managers and Railway undertakings. All three Coordinators were invited to make a short statement in the beginning of the conference and they replied to questions of the audience later on. Mr Vinck thanked the Management and Executive Boards of both Rail Freight Corridors for their excellent work and congratulated them with the good results achieved. He also passed a clear message that both Corridors should be equipped with ERTMS by 2018, in order to contribute to the realisation of interoperable and efficient railway network in Europe.
In the framework of the event Mr Vinck and his Coordinator colleagues had the opportunity to have bilateral discussions amongst others with Ms Mansveld, State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment of The Netherlands and Mr Wathelet, State Secretary for Environment, Energy and Mobility of Belgium. In these meetings ERTMS and Rail Freight Corridor related issues were discussed.

  • Meeting with Dr. Kefer, Member of Deutsche Bahn Management Board responsible for Services and Infrastructure, Berlin, 12 March 2014

Mr Vinck met Dr Kefer and Mr Sennhenn (Chairman of the Management Board) in Berlin on 12 March to discuss the state of play of ERTMS implementation in Germany. Mr Vinck underlined that the Commission's first priority is Baseline 3, so that the track side and loco equipment can start as soon as possible. In the next years the Commission will focus on the most significant cross-border sections in the EU with the involvement of Member States, Infrastructure Managers and National Safety Authorities. Mr Vinck highlighted that it would be essential that the Rhine-Alpine Corridor is operational by 2018.