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EEC continues cooperation with International Union of Railways

EEC continues cooperation with International Union of Railways

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12/16/2019

The development of digital railway, high-speed rail and further development of the International Union of Railways (UIC) were considered at the session of the UIC General Assembly in Paris attended by the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) delegation headed by Emil Kaikiev, Member of the Board – EEC Minister in charge of Energy and Infrastructure.

"The UIC's experience and best practices in the railway sector are actively used in implementing the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) transport policy", - Emil Kaikiev noted. For instance, on November 22 this year, the recommendations of the EEC Board aimed at improving the quality of rail passenger transportation in the EAEU international traffic came into force. This is improving legislation, applying advanced information technologies and modern equipment; simplification of procedures affecting the movement of passengers; works to be performed by railway administrations aimed at creating conditions for renewing the rolling stock. Furthermore, it is recommended to develop high-speed passenger traffic with due regard to the best international practices as well as ensuring safety in rail transport.

A working meeting between the EEC Minister Emil Kaikiev and the UIC Head François Davenne, was held on the sidelines of the General Assembly. The sides discussed the development of international cooperation in the sphere of rail transport under the Memorandum of Understanding between the EEC and the UIC signed on May 5, 2017.

The issues related to harmonizing the conditions for carriage of freight by rail, the procedure and access of the Union carriers to the border areas of the Member States’ adjacent infrastructure were discussed as well.

For reference

The General Assembly of the International Union of Railways is the UIC’s supreme governing body that makes decisions on global and regional issues in the sphere of rail transport development. It is a worldwide professional association representing the railway sector and promoting rail transport, founded in 1922 in Paris (France). The UIC brings together 205 organizations from 83 countries around the world.

The UIC's mission is to promote rail transport to optimally tackle current and future challenges of mobility and sustainable development, and to create new International Railway Solutions (IRS) (including common solutions featuring other means of transport); to develop all forms of international cooperation between member countries as well as to promote sharing of best practices.​