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HUNGRAIL elects Ilona Dávid as president of the association

2 September 2016  •  Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review

The General Assembly of HUNGRAIL – the Hungarian Rail Association – has elected Ms Ilona Dávid, current President-Director General of MAV Hungarian State Railways, as its new president.

HUNGRAIL elects Ilona Dávid as president of the association

Ms Ilona Dávid

Ilona Dávid, who is also a member of the Management Committees of CER and UIC, will take over as president from Mr László Mosóczi who held the position for 5 years following his appointment as Deputy State Secretary for Transport of the Ministry of National Development of Hungary.

HUNGRAIL represents 100 percent of the rail passenger market, and 90 percent of the rail freight market. The aim of the new President is to increase this rate by helping companies improving the quality of rail services.

Ilona Dávid HUNGRAIL objectives: reduce labour shortage in railway sector & remove infrastructure bottlenecks

On her appointment, Ilona Dávid explained that her main objectives are to encourage a railway policy that could contribute to reduce the labour shortage in the railway sector, to improve the reputation of professionals in the railway sector, and to remove railway infrastructure bottlenecks.

HUNGRAIL believes that the former president László Mosóczi will further take an active role in settling railway related issues on government level.

“There is a need for an effective railway representation. In our country there are more than 40 registered companies in Hungary providing rail services, and they all contribute to rail passenger and rail freight activities worth of hundreds of billions of Forints. These operators are in strong competition with road transport. There is nearly no rail logistics area, which isn’t in a fragile situation by the road transport. Today the representation of railways with multiple actors cannot be envisaged on the liberalised railway market without active participation of railway undertakings,” said the new President of HUNGRAIL, Ms.Ilona Dávid. 

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