1) TRANSPORT IN THE EU AFTER 2021
Session 1 – this session will be moderated by the CER executive director, Mr Libor Lochman. Individual speakers will cover fulfilment of the 4th railway package, liberalisation of European railways, but most notably visions and challenges for the European railway sector until 2030. These topics will then be discussed in a panel debate.
2) ERA AS EUROPEAN AUTHORITY
Session 2 – will be moderated by the executive director of European Union Agency for Railways Mr Josef Doppelbauer. Presentations will focus on short summary of the most significant change in railway interoperability and safety, that being the transformation of ERA into a European system authority. The presentations as well as the panel discussion will include views on ERTMS implementation and its new attributes, on a new way of vehicle authorisation, and on development in this field in the upcoming framework period.
3) RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AFTER 2021 – MOTIVATION FOR COUNTRIES FROM CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
Session 3 – this session will be led by Mr Carlo Borghini, the executive director of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking. Speakers are going to share their views on the matter of research and innovation in railway from points of view of international organisations and EU member states. Some will also mention the topic of further development in institutionalised partnerships within Horizon Europe – Shift2Rail2. This is expected to be followed by a debate on greater involvement of EU13 countries into research and innovation activities.
4) HIGH SPEED RAILWAY SYSTEM OF THE FUTURE IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
Session 4 – the session is focused on the field of high speed rail transport within the Central European area. This is a priority topic for the Czech Republic, thus moderating of this session was given to the vice-chair of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Mr Martin Kolovratnik. Presentations will examine development of HS rail in the Eastern part of Europe, and its inclusion into TEN-T as well as on comparing individual HS rail concepts across Europe and the world.
5) PERSPECTIVE OF CONNECTING TEN-T AND “SILK ROAD”
Session 5 – will by moderated by the TEN-T coordinator Mr Matthieu Grosch and concentrate on the idea of connecting the European TEN-T network with the initiative known as “New Silk Road”. Presentations and the following discussion will focus on different fields where these connections should emerge in order to ensure continuous flow of goods from the East to the West, from Asia to Europe. The discussion will also go through political as well as business intentions, but also legislation concerning these kinds of transports.
TAF/TAP TSI Forum
The TAF/TAP TSI Forum will be inserted between session 4 and 5 and will be moderated by the CER Senior Adviser on ERA related issues and Interoperability Mr Yann Seimandi. Presentations and discussions of representatives of the rail sector will focus particularly on implementation of both TSIs in challenging areas, which means small and medium-sized railway undertakings. ERA representatives will also introduce the TAP and TAF TSI revision processes to the guests, and panellists are going to be able to engage with their experience and views on future development in this field.