RFE and SHIFT2RAIL join for European rail sector success
26 September 2013 • Author(s):
Founded in 2011 by 15 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from across the parliamentary committees, Rail Forum Europe1 (RFE) is an international non-profit association that brings together EU decision-makers and the rail sector to achieve a better understanding of rail-related issues. RFE is currently supported by 20 full member MEPs and 41 associate member companies or associations directly involved in the rail sector. In an interview for European Railway Review, President of RFE Brian Simpson and Executive Secretary Leonardo Dongiovanni provide an insight into the aims and vision of the association, plus comment on the importance of the SHIFT2RAIL research and development initiative.
“Rail Forum Europe plays an important role in bringing together all the stakeholders in the railway industry with politicians to formulate rail policy throughout the whole of Europe,” explains Brian. He continues: “RFE covers every aspect of railway life and provides a forum for expert debate that is both informative and influential. The success of RFE has been greater than our expectations when this excellent initiative was first conceived. Our task in the future is to build on this success and keep railway issues at the forefront of the political debate.”