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Evaluation of Regulation (EU) 913/2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight

Evaluation of Regulation (EU) 913/2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight

Evaluation of Regulation (EU) 913/2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight
Consultation period: 

Evaluation of Regulation (EU) 913/2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight

Consultation period: 27/05/2016 - 29/08/2016

Consultation period

Consultation period: 27/05/2016 - 29/08/2016

This consultation will last for 12 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 29 August 2016 at the very latest.

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

The consultation could particularly be of interest for rail passengers and for citizens interested in the development of railways or in sustainable mobility.

The consultation is also of particular interest for the organisations directly or indirectly participating in the Rail Freight Corridors and their development (transport ministries, infrastructure managers/allocation bodies, freight railway undertakings, corridor terminals, regulatory bodies) and for the broader railway and transport community (passenger railway undertakings, terminals, shippers, forwarders, intermodal operators, last-mile infrastructure operators, national safety authorities, transport research institutions and think tanks, transport consultancies, etc.), but also for local and regional authorities, environment associations, industry associations etc.

Due to the technicality of some concepts two questionnaires are provided:

  • The first questionnaire is intended for a public without any particular knowledge of the Rail Freight Corridors and of Regulation (EU) 913/2010;
  • The other questionnaire is intended for a public familiar with the Rail Freight Corridors or with the European railway market or the (rail) freight transport sector.

The respondent is free to choose which of the questionnaires she or he wishes to answer.

Structure of the questionnaire

Each of the two questionnaires is divided into two parts:

  • Part I: Agreement on personal data and identification of the respondents
  • Part II: Questions of the public consultation

Questions and answers

Contributions may be submitted in any official EU language.

The responder information and multiple choice questions are required. If any of the corresponding mandatory fields have not been filled in, the system will redirect you to the incomplete answer before allowing submission.

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Objective of the consultation

Regulation (EU) 913/2010 (RFC Regulation) concerning a European rail network for competitive freight entered into force in November 2010. According to its Article 23 the Commission has to submit a report to the European Parliament and Council examining its application. The Commission decided to extend the scope of this exercise with performing a full evaluation of this Regulation. This evaluation has also to be seen in the context of a new phase starting for the initial nine Rail Freight Corridors (the establishment of which are foreseen by the Regulation), now that they all became operational. The evaluation will be the basis to determine whether further action is needed in order to improve the policy framework.

This open public consultation will ensure that any citizen as well as any stakeholder has the opportunity to provide the Commission with their views on the Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs), the RFC Regulation, its implementation and its effects. It will be an important source of input feeding the evaluation of the RFC Regulation.

It also aims at completing the feedback that the Commission already received on the implementation of the Rail Freight Corridors and on its policy, by asking a wide range of questions and addressing a wide range of stakeholders and interested citizens.

In the context of this evaluation, five criteria will be particularly addressed: the relevance of the Regulation (in relation to the issues which it aims to tackle), its effectiveness, its efficiency, its coherence (with EU objectives and co-existing EU transport legislation) and its EU-added value. The public consultation aims at covering these elements.


The RFC Regulation lays down the rules for the establishment, organisation and management of international Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs), on the main international rail freight routes. (The general legal framework for the operation of trains and the management of infrastructure on the Rail Freight Corridors is set out by Directive 2012/34/EU establishing a single European railway area)

The development of these Rail Freight Corridors forms the key element of the Commission's strategy in order to boost rail freight and is an integral part of the policy aiming at achieving the modal shift objectives set up in the White Paper on Transport , notably shifting 30% of long distance road freight on more sustainable modes of transport, particularly rail, by 2030. Reaching these ambitious objectives means that far larger volumes of freight will have to be carried by rail.

The Regulation contains a list of nine initial RFCs (see the Annex of the RFC Regulation) to be established (six by November 2013 and an additional three by November 2015). Further RFCs may be designated following a specific procedure and taking account of a certain number of criteria. A RFC is constituted of railway lines, linking two or more terminals along a predefined principal route and for each of the RFCs, a dedicated governance structure is set up, consisting of:

  • an Executive Board composed of Member State representatives, and responsible for defining the general objectives and framework of the RFC and supervising its functioning.
  • a Management Board composed of rail Infrastructure Managers and Allocation Bodies, in charge of implementing the corridor, i.a. through providing coordinated rail capacity, setting up a Corridor-One Stop Shop as single contact point for requesting this rail capacity, elaborating an investment plan, through the coordination of infrastructure works and of traffic management and etc.
  • two Advisory Groups, one for Railway undertakings and one for Terminal managers, which may issue opinions and representing the interests of these two categories of stakeholders within the RFC.

Through the establishment of Rail Freight Corridors and their corresponding governance structures, the Regulation aims at bettering the conditions for rail freight traffic along these corridors and to trigger its development in terms of volume, market share, quality and reliability. In particular, the RFC Regulation fosters the cooperation between the different stakeholders (primarily the Member States and the Infrastructure managers), the coordination in terms of capacity offer, traffic management, infrastructure works and conditions of use of the infrastructure, the harmonisation of processes and rules, as well the development of the infrastructure and the related coordination in terms of investments. The development of the RFC is monitored through a yearly performance report and a yearly customer satisfaction survey. The development of a Rail Freight Corridor is based on the elaboration (and updates) of a comprehensive Transport Market Study.

The TEN-T Guidelines (Regulation (EU) 1315/2013) and the Connecting Europe Facility (Regulation (EU) 1316/2013), which entered into force in 2013 and which concern all modes of transport, set the framework for the development of the transport infrastructure in Europe and for its EU funding. The Guidelines specify priorities and technical parameters to be fulfilled on the defined Trans-European Network of Transport, consisting in a dual-layer structure: the comprehensive network (to be achieved by 2050) and the core network (to be achieved by 2030). Nine Core Network Corridors (CNCs) have been defined as key instruments for the timely and coordinated completion of the Core Network. One European coordinator has been designated for each Core Network Corridor, in charge of coordinating its completion and i.a. responsible for the drafting of the Work Plans of the CNCs.

The principal routes of the RFCs have been extended and aligned with the CNCs. Since then, the RFCs form the rail freight backbone of the CNCs. The technical parameters for rail on the Core Network for Freight foreseen by the TEN-T guidelines are of great importance for the development of the Rail Freight Corridors (deployment of the European Railway Traffic Management System , 22.5 t axle load, 740 m train length, 100 km/h line speed, electrification).

Transparency and confidentiality

Please note that contributions received from this survey, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the European Commission's website, unless the contributor objects to publication of the personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his or her legitimate interests. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.

Explanations about the protection of personal data

The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

Important notice

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Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representative of the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.

Consultation material

Regulation (EU) 913/2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight

Roadmap for the Evaluation of Regulation (EU) 913/2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight

Information on the TEN-T policy

Register of interested representative