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.
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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 .