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Friday, February 19 • 09:00 - 09:15
4th Railway Package: improving competitiveness and enabling innovation

The technical pillar of the 4th Railway Package marks a major step towards the creation of the Single European Railway Area. With this legislation, coming into force in 2016, ERA will be in charge of a 'one-stop shop' for all applications for safety certification and the authorisation of rolling stock for cross-border services. Thereby, it addresses the problem of cost that hampers railways' chances of competing with other modes of transport.

The simplified, slimmed set of European rules will possibly set the standard worldwide, and, in turn, strengthen the European industry sector in global competition. Care will also be taken that e.g. digital innovations can be picked up much faster.

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Dr Josef Doppelbauer

Executive Director, European Railway Agency
Josef started his career at Alcatel. He joined Bombardier Transportation in December 2002, where he was Chief Technical Officer from 2008 to 2013. He has been chairman of ERRAC and of the Joint Technology Initiative SHIFT2RAIL. In January 2015 he took up his current position as Executive Director of the European Railway Agency (ERA).