International Rail Freight Corridors (RFC) - development prospects and cooperation opportunities with OSJD, based on the example of the North Sea-Baltic Corridor

On behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development we invite you to the discussion panel "International Rail Freight Corridors (RFC) - development prospects and cooperation opportunities with OSJD, based on the example of the North Sea-Baltic Corridor” (conference conducted in English)

The Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) are created to improve the economic exchange between the EU Member States under the European Parliament and Council Regulation 913/2010 of 22 September 2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight (as amended by Regulation 1316/2013). The aim is to increase the attractiveness of international rail freight services, among others by improving the technical condition of the railway infrastructure and increase capacity. Implementation of the European Rail Freight Corridors, whose management will be entrusted to supranational structures created for this purpose, will contribute to increasing the role of infrastructure managers, owners of freight terminals, railway undertakings, applicants and improving the quality and efficiency of rail transport services.

The Regulation will create 9 "first" freight corridors, two of which pass through Polish territory (corridor 5 and 8). Corridor No. 8 extends from the North Sea to the Baltic and on Polish territory it coincides with corridor No. 1 of the Organisation for Cooperation of Railways (OSJD), which begins on the Polish-German border and ends at the Pacific ports of Vladivostok and Nakhodka in Russia - the longest and one of the most important Eurasian corridors.

The OSJD brings together 28 countries of the Eurasian region. The largest of its members are Russia, China, Ukraine, Poland and Kazakhstan. OSJD develops a legal basis to facilitate the operation of freight in the region. Much attention is paid to the implementation of the Eurasian connections, mainly between China and Europe, through the so-called freight corridors.

Cooperation between the two organizations is a great opportunity for the development of trade and economic relations, which should be used by the growing rail freight of both continents.

Moderator:
Maciej Gładyga, Chair of the North Sea-Baltic Corridor (RFC8) Executive Board, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development.

Panelists (in alphabetical order):

Mr. Jakub Kapturzak, Director of the North Sea-Baltic Corridor (RFC8) Office;
Mr. Michał Litwin, Secretary of the Management Board Office, Union of Independent Railway Undertakings (ZNPK);
Mr. Zurab Kozmava, the Organisation for Cooperation of Railways (OSJD);
Mr. Andreas Pietsch, the Railway Undertakings Advisory Group Spokesperson, Captrain Deutschland;
Dr. Gerhard Troche, European Commission, DG Move.

You are cordially invited to listen to our panelists and take advantage of the extraordinary opportunity to ask questions to representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, the European Commission and the corridor structures, about the RFC and OSJD offer and plans for the future.