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Developing a Europe-wide rail network consistent with the objectives of the Single Market is a shared goal across Europe. Both the European Commission and national and local administrations are working towards the goal of developing better railway transport (infrastructure) for passengers and freight, through the improvement of interoperability and safety. The common strategy for achieving these goals is by opening markets and increasing competition. The FSR Transport activities are aimed at discussing these principles and analysing their implementation, focussing on different aspects related to the regulation of railway sectors in both the Forums and research activity.

Florence Rail Forums 

The Florence Rail Forums are part of the successful series of Transport Forums organised by FSR Transport. 

In April 2010 the Rail Regulation Workshop was the inaugural activity of FSR Transport. The Florence Rail Forums now take place twice a year and focus on the most important topics of railway policy at the European level. The Forums have become a unique platform for the exchange of ideas and open debate, where participants can meet and share their experiences with other stakeholders and academics. Regulation, competition and liberalisation are common themes examined during the Forums.

Read more about 17th Florence Rail Forum- Green Finance and Sustainability – Which Role for Railways? (December, 7th 2018).

Executive Seminars 

Building on the experience of the Florence Rail Forums, FSR Transport organises Executive Events by invitation only. These events are organized thanks to the initiative of one of the donors of FSR Transport or of the European Commission:


Under the direction of Prof. Matthias Finger and in cooperation with the Chair of Management of Network Industries (EPFL), FSR Transport has carried out two research projects on specific aspects of the governance of European railways. A comparative approach allowed FSR Transport to highlight the peculiarities and the common aspects of the network and opened room for further research and analysis that FSR Transport will be examining in depth.

Prof. Finger also contributes to external publications by advising ongoing research projects.  


Research reports, papers from the FSR Transport workshops and all presentations from the events are available online. Other working papers and journal articles on related themes can be also downloaded for free.

Read the latest FSR Transport publications on rail transport


Over the years, stakeholders and administrators at all levels as well as knowledgeable academics have been joining Florence Rail Forums to share their experiences on railway regulation, administration and management (click here to download the full list of speakers).   

Rail Transport news


18th Florence Rail Forum: How to Revitalise Rail Freight with Digitalisation?

On 8th November 2019, the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation hosted its 18th Florence Rail Forum, this time to discuss the topic […] read more


The Observer


The Observer – Green Finance and Sustainability: Which Role for Railways?

This Policy Brief reflects upon the discussions at the 17th Florence Rail Forum that took place in Florence on 7th December 2018. On the dedicated webpage, […] read more


The Observer


The Observer-Improving European Rail Freight

This Policy Brief reflects upon the discussions at the 16th Florence Rail Forum that took place in Florence on May 7th 2018. On the dedicated webpage, […] read more

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