Information published on 2 May 2018 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 597.

NeTIRail-INFRA presented at TEN-T Days 2018 in Ljubljana, 25-27 April

TEN-T Days 2018 was held in Ljubljana from 25 to 27 April. With over 2,000 registered participants and 26 Ministers of Transport in attendance and with around 100 exhibition booths, TEN-T Days offered an excellent opportunity for transport industry stakeholders to meet and exchange innovative ideas.

European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc invited Ministers, members of the European Parliament and key stakeholders to Ljubljana to discuss ways of contributing to smart, sustainable and safe mobility, relying on the trans-European transport network and investment in transport connectivity.

TEN-T Days also hosted an idea accelerator and futuristic lab, allowing young European entrepreneurs and companies to showcase innovative mobility solutions. A high-level interinstitutional meeting was held to discuss further synergies between transport, energy and digital connectivity and investment with the greatest added value for the EU in the post-2020 framework. This culminated in a Ljubljana declaration by all relevant stakeholders on key principles for investment in smart, sustainable and safe mobility. High-level events included ministerial sessions with the western Balkans and Turkey, and with southern Mediterranean countries. This year’s TEN-T Days indoor and outdoor exhibition showcased innovative projects and ideas that contribute to European transport infrastructure development.

The NeTIRail-INFRA (Needs Tailored Interoperable Railway Infrastructure) project is a three-year, €5.4 million collaborative R&D project funded by the European Commission, sponsored by INEA within the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme. NeTIRail is coordinated by the University of Sheffield and has a total of 13 partners from eight different countries. UIC is one of the consortium partners and has taken on a leadership role for one of the project’s work packages. The NeTIRail-INFRA concept is based on designing railway infrastructure and monitoring that is tailored to the needs of specific lines to ensure the most cost-effective and sustainable solution for different line types and geographical locations. The project began on 1June 2015 and will conclude in May 2018.

NeTIRail-INFRA was one of the indoor exhibitors, and TEN-T days provided an excellent opportunity to announce the final project conference which will take place on May 24, once again in Ljubljana. The project results will be presented at the conference to a large audience.

Ms Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport, visited our stand and declared that she fully supports the project. Mr Alan Haigh, Head of Department, Horizon 2020 at INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency) showed a keen interest and stated that cooperation on EU-funded projects must continue.

For more information on the project and to register for the final conference in Ljubljana on May 24, please visit: http://netirail.eu/-News-and-Events-3-

For further information, please contact Christine Hassoun at: hassoun@uic.org.