About this initiative


This initiative will help transform the European rail system, promoting automation and digitalisation for a more flexible and reliable system while reducing costs. This will help to ensure that rail is attractive as a low carbon means of transport, with a strong focus on freight.

The initiative will also aim to speed up the deployment of technological innovations on the rail network so rail is more competitive, of better quality and more attractive in support of the Single European Railway Area.

Type of act
Proposal for a regulation


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Feedback period
30 July 2019 - 27 August 2019 (midnight Brussels time)
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Feedback (46)

  • Kontron Transportation (Austria)
    27 August 2019 Company/business organisation
    Kontron Transportation (Austria)

    Kontron Transportation, formerly named Kapsch CarrierCom, is an associated member of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking and leads the technology demonstrator adaptable communication system within IP2. The cooperation between the involved partners and the results achieved in the projects and technical working groups of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking have demonstrated the unique value of a strategic program to push and foster new innovation into...

  • S2R Innovation Programm 2 - TD2.1/WP3 team (Germany)
    27 August 2019 Business association
    S2R Innovation Programm 2 - TD2.1/WP3 team (Germany)

    Experiences from the Shift2Rail Programme funded by HORIZON 2020 have shown that this R&I programme, managed by the S2R Joint Undertaking which is an institutional partnership consisting of partners from Railways, Industry and Research Centres and supervised by European Body, catalyses and accelerates innovation. Digital Connectivity capabilities within the Railways, especially for enabling automation and digitalization, pave the way for...

  • Hitachi Rail STS (Italy)
    27 August 2019 Company/business organisation
    Hitachi Rail STS (Italy)

    Hitach Rail STS, as funding member of Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking, fully supports the continuation of this partnership under Horizon Europe. We are conviced that Rail must have the strategic role in the future of Transportation and needs to face the increase of freight mobility demand as passengers both in main line as in the Urban areas. Innovation is required to reach all the upcoming requests and we also need to improve the competitiveness...

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Feedback period
11 September 2019 - 06 November 2019 (midnight Brussels time)

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First quarter 2020

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