Mobility and Transport

For the first time, multiple advisory councils (Belgium, FRDO-CFDD, Luxembourg, CSDD and the
Netherlands, Rli) work together on one overarching project: international rail services. The three
councils jointly work on the issue since September 2019 and will continue to do so in 2020.

Upcoming Events

Expert Meeting International Rail II
15 April 2020 - 15 April 2020


Subsequent to the expert meeting in January 2020, the advisory bodies from Belgium (FRDO-CFDD), the Netherlands (Rli) and Luxembourg (CSDD) will organize an expert meeting to present and discuss the insights gained from their work so far. This exchange will help to enrich and focus the Council’s advice and determine the most effective target audience and form of recommendations.

The advisory bodies aim to meet representatives from rail infra, train operating companies, service providers, government authorities and representatives of EU organisations and institutions who are involved in improving international passenger rail transport.

The expert meeting will take place in Brussels on April 15th in the afternoon. The language of the meeting will be English. Simultaneous interpretation in French will be provided. If you are interested to joy the meeting, please contact Tim Zwanikken (project leader,, 00 31 (0)6 5287 4404).

Past Events

Expert Session: International rail services
22 January 2020 - 22 January 2020

Better international accessibility by rail will contribute to economic competitiveness, international tourism and is increasingly important as a safe, energy-efficient and low carbon emission means of transport.

In the light of climate change and the political wish to reduce short-distance flights (< 750-800 km), we see a new interest in international rail passengers transport. There are, however, multiple physical, technical and institutional obstacles to be tackled before Europe has a well-functioning network of frequent and fast international connections.

In this context, the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) – in cooperation with fellow advisory bodies from Belgium (FRDO-CFDD) and Luxembourg (CSDD) – is preparing an advice on international passenger rail transport. To this end, a stakeholder meeting was organized in The Hague (the Netherlands) on January the 22nd.

The sessions were about identifying and prioritizing obstacles and possible solutions .