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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. In addition, supporting the attainment of the Commission’s modal shift objectives, which call for 30% of road freight over 300 km to be shifted to cleaner modes such as rail or waterborne transport by 2030, will necessitate overcoming a number of technical and regulatory barriers. 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.

18th Florence Rail Forum: rivitalising rail freight transport with digitalisation
18th Florence Rail Forum: rivitalising rail freight transport with digitalisation

On 8th November 2019, the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation hosted its 18th Florence Rail Forum, this…

Green Finance and Sustainability: Which Role for Railways?
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…

Improving European Rail Freight
Improving European Rail Freight

This Policy Brief reflects upon the discussions at the 16th Florence Rail Forum that took place in Florence on May…

16th Florence Rail Forum-Improving European Rail Freight - Presentations now available for download
16th Florence Rail Forum-Improving European Rail Freight - Presentations now available for download

Rail freight has a crucial role to play in both reaching the EU’s climate goals and supporting economic growth and…

Private Financing of Railway Infrastructure
Private Financing of Railway Infrastructure

This Policy Brief reflects upon the discussions at the 15th Florence Rail Forum that took place on November 24th 2017. On the dedicated webpage,…

Next REGUTRAIN workshop: Implementing the fourth railway package
Next REGUTRAIN workshop: Implementing the fourth railway package

The workshop “Implementing the fourth railway package: different models to introduce competition in long-distance services” takes place on Friday, December…

FSR presents at the Italian Rail Expo
FSR presents at the Italian Rail Expo

The 7th edition of the Italian Rail Expo “Italy’s Showcase for Railway Technology, Products and Systems” took place from Tuesday, October 3rd…

Competition in Passenger Railways in Europe
Competition in Passenger Railways in Europe

This Policy Brief reflects upon the discussions at the “Florence Executive Seminar on Competition in Passenger Railways” that took place…

Which Role for Railway Undertakings in the Mobility of the Future?
Which Role for Railway Undertakings in the Mobility of the Future?

This European Transport Regulation Observer reflects upon the discussions at the 14th Florence Rail Forum. “Which Role for Railway Undertakings…

Which role for railway undertakings in the mobility of the future?
Which role for railway undertakings in the mobility of the future?

Digitalization is producing a dramatic change in the transportation sector, across and within existing modes of mobility. Speakers at the 14th…

Antwerp Rail School 2017 - From basic rail knowledge to rail insiders’ strategies
Antwerp Rail School 2017 - From basic rail knowledge to rail insiders’ strategies

FSR-Transport Director, Prof Matthias Finger, is teaching this week at the fifth edition of the “Antwerp Rail School: from basic…

Rail passenger security: is it a challenge for the Single European Railway Area?
Rail passenger security: is it a challenge for the Single European Railway Area?

The aim of the 13th Florence Rail Forum was to look at the most controversial aspects creating a tension between…

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