Rail declaration in support of Ukraine’s railways sent to EU leaders
Posted: 2 August 2022 | Elliot Robinson (Editorial Assistant - Global Railway Review) | No comments yet
A joint declaration signed by 32 rail companies and organisations, including CER, pledging assistance to Ukraine’s railways has been sent to EU leaders.
A declaration pledging assistance to Ukraine’s railways and reconstruction efforts signed by 32 rail companies and organisations across Europe has been sent to the leaders of the Council of the European Union (EU), the European Parliament, and the European Commission. The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), as a committed signatory of the declaration, hopes its proposals will now find top-level EU support to ensure they can be realised. To date, the declaration has been signed by 32 railway companies and rail associations, including CER with the full support of the CER membership.
The joint declaration sends a clear signal of the European rail sector’s solidarity and belief in common European values. Rail CEOs also wanted to clearly state the importance of the Ukrainian rail infrastructure as the backbone of the humanitarian corridor for displaced people and aid supplies such as food and medical products. This is just one reason why the European railways want to continue to show support and solidarity with Ukrainian Railways and work together to rebuild the railways and their infrastructure after the end of the war. The railways want to contribute to this with urgently needed materials but also with technical know-how.
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In addition, European railways are united in appealing to the EU to establish a “Rebuild Ukraine” fund where funds are made available quickly and unbureaucratically, specifically for the railways and rail infrastructure in Ukraine.
“I am proud that 32 companies and organisations have signed the declaration and have sent such a strong signal,” Andreas Matthä, Chair of CER and CEO of Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB, said. “I hope that our proposals will now find top-level EU support. Our Ukrainian Railway colleagues work every day under unimaginable conditions and risk their lives, they count upon our fullest support and solidarity.”
“CER is proud to be part of a solidary European rail community that rallies around our partners in times of need,” Alberto Mazzola, Executive Director for CER, said. “With our Ukraine Declaration and call for EU leaders’ endorsement, we wish to support the best conditions to preserve and rebuild the country’s infrastructure, so that Ukraine and its people can continue to rely on resilient rail services for their future.”
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