The debate ‘What hampers freight services’ is the fourth edition of Rail22 cycle and the third event which is part of the official programme of the Trako International Railway Fair in Gdansk. The event is addressed to railway enterprises, exhibitors and guests of the fair, including railway carriers, service organisers, freight forwarders, infrastructure managers, manufacturers of rolling stock, machines and railway equipment, construction sector, service providers, experts and industry scientists, representatives of EU, government and local government administration as well as industry and economy media.

The focal point of this year’s conference is a discussion panel dedicated to the plans for development of the European railway and the possibility of increasing its importance as compared with car transportation. Due to the references to the role of railway in economy, the main topics will include freight services and infrastructure development. As since its very beginning Rail22 cycle has been of international nature, most speakers are foreigners and the debate is held in Polish and is simultaneously interpreted in English.

The conference organiser – Pro Kolej Foundation – is a platform of cooperation of companies, administration, passengers and rail users. Their goal is to contribute to the increase of the significance of rail transportation, protection of customer rights and presentation of needs and expectations of the sector to opinion leaders, media and national and European administration. The organisation is open to anybody who supports its goals and for whom development of rail is a value in itself.

Experience of collaborating companies, experts and the organisation allows to conduct actions on many levels – from a wide debate on the future of transportation, through monitoring of amendments to rail law to work on detailed technical solutions. The areas of activity cover investments in development, safety management and quality of the law that regulates the activity of rail entities.

  • Andrzej Bittel – Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction
  • Paul Maynard – Parliamentary Undersecretary of State, Department for Transport
  • dr Adam Wielądek – honorary chairman, UIC
  • dr Jakub Majewski – President, Pro Kolej Foundation
Agenda - Referat

“Main goals of European railway investments”

  • Wolfgang Münch – Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Regio
Agenda - Referat

“Competition in the European raillway market – challenges and ways forward for rail freight”

  • dr Christoph Lerche – Head of Transport Policy Europe, Deutsche Bahn AG

„Infrastructure development vs. intermodal competition” – discussion panel

  • Kaspars Brišken – Business Development manager, RB Rail AS
  • Krzysztof Mamiński –  CEO, Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A.
  • Wolfgang Münch – Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Regio
  • Igor Shilov – First Deputy Head, Belarusian Railway
  • dr Wolfgang Weinhold – Managing Director, DB Regio Southeast

Moderator

  • Radoslaw Czapski – Senior Infrastructure Specialist, The World Bank

Open discussion of conference participants

Summary and closing of the debate

dr Jakub Majewski
dr Jakub Majewski
Pro Kolej Fund

We invite you to free-of-charge registration for the conference and fair:

Lokation

TRAKO International Railway Fair 2017
“AMBEREXPO”

Żaglowa Street 11
80-560 Gdańsk
Poland

Contact:
+48 58 554 92 00
sekretariat@mtgsa.com.pl

4th Rail 22 International Conference

Main organiser

Pro Kolej Fundacja, ul. Wspólna 50A/35, 00-514 Warszawa

Date of the event

27 September 2017, 10:30 (reception 10:00)

Venue of the event

AMBEREXPO – TRAKO International Railway Fair 2015, ul. Żaglowa 11, 80-560 Gdańsk

The conference and the accompanying discussion panels are a unique opportunity to participate in an open discussion for representatives of different European rail markets. Due to its international nature and participation of foreign guests deliberations are to be conducted in Polish and English, with simultaneous interpretation.The interactive nature of the meeting will be made possible owing to the use of survey and opinion polling tools in order to test participants’ opinions about the issues tackled at the event.

Subject scope

  • Presentation of differences between road and rail transport development opportunities
  • Definition of the market areas with the biggest commercial potential
  • Confrontation of expectations as to innovations, safety and environmental protection and financial capacity of end clients
  • Presentation of the results of different infrastructure charging policies of infrastructure managers and providers of key services
  • Presentation of the specific situation of Poland as compared with other European rail markets and the dynamic development of car transportation
  • Presentation to foreign guests of Polish perspective on key problems of rail market in Europe and domestic problems that require system solutions

4th Rail 22 International Conference

Main organiser

Pro Kolej Fundacja, ul. Wspólna 50A/35, 00-514 Warszawa

Date of the event

27 September 2017, 10:30 (reception 10:00)

Venue of the event

AMBEREXPO – TRAKO International Railway Fair 2015, ul. Żaglowa 11, 80-560 Gdańsk

The conference and the accompanying discussion panels are a unique opportunity to participate in an open discussion for representatives of different European rail markets. Due to its international nature and participation of foreign guests deliberations are to be conducted in Polish and English, with simultaneous interpretation.The interactive nature of the meeting will be made possible owing to the use of survey and opinion polling tools in order to test participants’ opinions about the issues tackled at the event.

Subject scope

  • Presentation of differences between road and rail transport development opportunities
  • Definition of the market areas with the biggest commercial potential
  • Confrontation of expectations as to innovations, safety and environmental protection and financial capacity of end clients
  • Presentation of the results of different infrastructure charging policies of infrastructure managers and providers of key services
  • Presentation of the specific situation of Poland as compared with other European rail markets and the dynamic development of car transportation
  • Presentation to foreign guests of Polish perspective on key problems of rail market in Europe and domestic problems that require system solutions

Main organiser:

Pro Kolej Fundacja, ul. Jasna 15, 00-003 Warszawa

Date of the event:

23rd of September 2015, 10:30-13:30, room 1A 1st floor

Venue of the event:

AMBEREXPO – TRAKO International Railway Fair 2015, ul. Żaglowa 11, 80-560 Gdańsk

Debate subject:

As part of this year’s TRAKO fair, the Pro Kolej Fundacja – together with their close partners – will be organising an international conference on the topic of European Rail Policy.

This year’s debate, to be held on 23 September 2015 in Gdańsk, is an attempt to answer the question: ‘Why has EU financing failed to untap the full potential of the Polish rail industry and what can be done to speed up its development?’ The agenda will cover topics related to the integration, modernisation and liberalisation of the railway sector, as well as the opportunities that could arise from additional EU funding in transport.

Other topics to be tackled at this year’s conference will include the opportunities and threats connected with the implementation of the Fourth Railway Package, implementation of new Operational Programmes, as well as the long term perspective for rail-related investments beyond the year 2020.

Leading experts from abroad will give introductory presentations and participate in the discussion panel. They will include representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament, international institutions as well as the largest rail companies in Europe.

Subject

The subject covers selected EU regulations with regard to integration, modernisation and liberalisation of the rail sector and effectiveness of EU investment funds allocated for rail transport. An important aspect will be current implementation process of Recast of the First Railway Package and preparations for the Fourth Railway Package.

Schedule

Claire Perry – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport UK

Stanisław Żmijan – Chairman of the Parliamentary Infrastructure Commission PL

Agenda - Powitanie

dr Jakub Majewski – Pro Kolej Fundacja

dr Marcin Wołek – University of Gdańsk

„IV Railway Package – Opportunities and Threats for the Railway Business”

dr Gerhard Troche – Policy Officer, DG Move, European Commission

Agenda - Referat

Challenges of European Rail Policy until 2020”

Johann Metzner – Head of Transport Policy Europe, Deutsche Bahn AG

Agenda - Referat

dr Jonathan Beckitt – Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna UK

Jeremy Candfield – Director General, Railway Industry Association

Piers Marlow – President of EPTO (European Passenger Transport Operators)

Jean-Philippe Peuziat – Head of Unit – Public Affairs, UNIFE

Radosław Czapski (moderator) – Senior Infrastructure Specialist, The World Bank

Speakers

Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport.
Educated at Nailsea Comprehensive School, Oxford University, and Harvard Business School where she received an MBA. Before starting her own small business which offers online financial advisory services to women, Claire worked for the Bank of America, McKinsey and Company, and Credit Suisse.
She was elected a Conservative MP for Devizes in 2010 and again in May 2015. In October 2011, Perry was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence. Perry performed this role until October 2013 when she assumed her new position as Government Assistant Whip. On 15 July 2014, Claire Perry was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, with responsibility for rail fares, rail franchising, freight and logistics as well as transport agencies.
dr Jakub Majewski Analyst, specialist in logistics, planning and development of transportation systems, infrastructural investments, organisation and marketing of public transportation. Graduate of the Centre for European Regional and Local Studies as well as the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Warsaw. University lecturer and head of the Laboratory of EU Transportation Policy of the Pultusk Academy of Humanities – since 2012 with the title of doctor.
Former president of the Institute for Development and Promotion of Rail, proxy of Marshal’s Offices coordinating organisation of regional transportation. Member of management boards and supervisory boards of rail carriages (PKP Przewozy Regionalne, Warszawska Kolej Dojazdowa, Szybka Kolej Miejska). In the years 2009-2010, president of Koleje Mazowieckie, in the years 2012-2014 vice-president of the Office of Rail Transport for rail sector regulation.
Member of steering committees, expert in implementation and evaluation of operational programmes financed from EU funds. Advisor of the Ministry of Infrastructure in the process of drafting the Act on public transportation. Co-author of several analytical works, research and feasibility studies for industry and transport.
Licenced train operator, press and TV sector commentator.
Marcin Wołek PhD – doctor of economic sciences at the Chair of Transportation Market at the University of Gdańsk. Graduate of the Faculty of Economics with major in Transport and Logistics, assistant professor at the Chair of Transportation Market. Head of EU projects such as TROLLEY (2010-2013), TIDE (2012-2015) and CIVITAS DYNAMO (2012-2016). Scientific supervisor of students’ Circle of Transportation Market and Marketing.
Since 1998, councillor of the City of Gdynia, chairman of the Committee for Strategy and Economic Policy. In the years 2005-2008 chairman of the Transportation Commission of the Union of Baltic Cities.
Expert in railway and municipal transportation as well as financing transportation investments from EU funds. Author and co-author of several articles, papers, analyses and expert works in this field.
Gerherd Troche Policy Officer, DG Move European Commission
Since 2010: National Expert at the European Commission, DG MOVE – Single European Rail Area; in charge of the EU Rail Freight Corridors, wagonload, intermodal issues and rail research & innovation. 2009: PhD at the Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm / Sweden; dissertation in railway economics and modelling of rail freight production systems. 2006 – 2010: Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of FERRMED ASBL (association for development of a railway corridor Scandinavia – Mediterranean Sea). 2003 – 2010: Independent railway and logistics consultant, various Swedish and international projects. 1996 – 2010: Scientific Researcher and project manager at the Railway Group of the Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm / Sweden, with particular focus on rail freight, traffic operations/capacity and transport market analyses.
Johann Metzner Head of Transport Policy Europe, Deutsche Bahn AG
Before joining Deutsche Bahn AG in 1999 Mr. Metzner worked several years as an attorney at law. From 1999 held various functions as legal counsellor in labour law at Deutsche Bahn AG. From 2002 to 2006 was secondment to EU-Representation of Deutsche Bahn AG in Brussels, and since 2006 become Head of Transport Policy Europe at Deutsche Bahn AG in Berlin.
Jonathan Beckitt He is a consultant in the Infrastructure & Project Finance Group of CMS Cameron McKenna LLP with particular expertise in PPP/PFI, both in the UK and internationally.
He joined CMS in 1982 and has practised in London, the Far East and Japan, where he was the resident partner in the firm’s Tokyo office from October 1991 to June 1994. He was a partner in the London office from July 1994 to April 2015.
Jonathan has a special interest in the Rail sector, and is featured in Band 3 of the Chambers and Partners 2015 rankings where he is highlighted for his knowledge on PPP/PFI.
He is team leader of the Project Team for the development of PPP standards in the Rail sector under the auspices of the International PPP Centre of Excellence at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
Jeremy Candfield Director General of Railway Industry Association.
Mr Candfield has led RIA since 1998, following more than 20 years in the Departments of the Environment and of Transport of the UK Government; as an executive director of Union Railways, the company building the high speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link; and as Corporate Affairs Director of London and Continental Railways.
Mr Candfield represents the Association on a number of bodies and committees. He has also been a member of the Board of the European Federation of Railway Trackwork Contractors since 1998 and the Federation’s President from June 2003 to June 2007.
Piers Marlow President of European Passenger Transport Operators.
Business Development Director at Arriva plc. Served as Managing Director of Eastern Europe and served as Managing Director of Germany & Eastern Europe at Arriva plc. Mr. Marlow was responsible for Arriva’s bus and rail operations in Germany and Eastern Europe and is focused on identifying opportunities for further growth. He joined Arriva in 2003 after working for First Group as Divisional Director of South and Wales. His career in transport began in 1978, working in different senior management roles across the UK, and latterly having responsibility for all elements of financial and operating performance in six companies.
Jean-Philippe Peuziat Head of Unit Public Affairs, UNIFE.
Jean-Philippe Peuziat joined UNIFE – the European Rail Industry Association – in 2012 and is Head of Unit for Public Affairs since January 2015. In daily contact with the European Institutions, he is in charge of implementing a strategy directed at promoting policies favourable to European rail business and exports, lobbying for direct investment in rail projects (including Research & Innovation projects) and promoting policies that create a single European market for rail supplies. Jean-Philippe holds a Master’s degree from both the College of Europe in Bruges and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Strasbourg. Prior to joining UNIFE, Jean-Philippe worked as a transport advisor for the Representation of French Regions to the EU.
Radosław Czapski Senior Infrastructure Specialist, The World Bank.
Radosław Czapski has been working for the World Bank since 2004. Currently, as Senior Specialist for Transportation and Infrastructure, he coordinates transportation and infrastructure projects in Poland and Central Europe, and focuses on enterprises in the area of transportation infrastructure, public transportation, road safety, development of innovative forms of cooperation between the public and private sector in management and development of infrastructure (PPP – Public-Private Partnership) as well as transportation policy and modernisation of public institutions operating in the broadly understood transportation and infrastructure. He conducts or participates in preparation and execution of numerous analytical works and loan projects carried out by the World Bank in Poland and abroad connected with transportation infrastructure, development of regional and municipal transportation systems and traffic safety. On his previous position with an international advisory company Booz Allen Hamilton, he consulted commercial companies, local governments as well as international organisations and financial institutions (EU, EBRD, World Bank) in the areas connected with development of infrastructure and business restructuring. Earlier, when he worked for the Representation Office of the European Commission in Poland, he dealt with coordination of sector issues and execution of aid programmes financed from EU funds in industries connected with transportation infrastructure, energy and telecommunications sectors as well as industry restructuring.
He has engineering background and holds an international MBA.

The previous edition of the debate ‘RAIL 2020 – Green or red light?’ was held on 25 September 2013 during the 10th Rail Fair Trako 2013.

Nearly 60 people attended the first conference which was historical for us. We were the only non-governmental organisation that organised such a meeting at the fair.

Gerhard Troche, PhD, expert of the European Commission, a special guest at our conference, discussed the outline of the European transportation policy, the rules for the construction of transportation corridors and directions for the development of rail in Europe. The second speaker, minister Andrzej Massel, presented the strategy for the development of rail in Poland by 2020.

Andrzej Massel talked, among others, about the need for increase in the effectiveness of the rail sector in Poland, changes in the process of rail management and development of a coherent infrastructure – coherent, that is one that takes into account interest of all users of rail and road transportation but that also blurs the differences within rail transportation itself. In his opinion one of the main tasks is focusing on passenger needs, increasing access to transportation services and information about those services. One of the key tasks of the state will be to use all financing options in order to improve parameters of rail lines, including cargo lines.

Andrzej Massel announced as well an increase in outlays from the European funds for the development of rail in eastern regions of Poland. Those regions will obtain the majority of funds allocated not only for modernisation but also for development of new rail lines.

Despite being invited, no representative of PKP SA took part in the conference ‘RAIL 2020: GREEN OR RED LIGHT?’ That is unfortunate as given the fact that many interested papers were presented, a standpoint of the largest entity on the Polish rail market could have been presented, in particular in light of a further panel discussion devoted to the main problems of rail transportation.

President of DB Schenker Rail Polska, Christian Schreyer, in his most interesting presentation tackled the aspects of unused chances of the Polish rail transportation. A list of advantages of rail over road transportation is long, from safety to social and economic costs as well as ecology. President of DB Schenker Rail Polska called for cooperation in building a positive image of Polish rail, perceiving it as one of the main mechanisms of development and a chance for passenger and rail clients come-back.

President of PRO KOLEJ Foundation, Jacek Prześluga, presented an assessment of the perspectives of the passenger market until 2020 – in his opinion the main problem is the situation on the regional transport market. He also talked a lot about insufficient market offer for passengers and a destructive role of public financing of rail, which makes carriers – as he put it – fat cats, unable to react to market events in any way. Foundation president put forward organisation of specific actions of carriers devoted to the creation of the so-called joint ticket and a joint system of ticket sale. A meeting to discuss this issue has been planned already for October. Our call regarding the matter is published here.

The following people took part in the panel discussion: Gerhard Troche, PhD, Andrzej Pawłowski – member of the management board of PKP PLK SA, Marcin Polewicz – member of the management board of Arriva RP, Wojciech Jurkiewicz – member of the management board of Freightliner PL and Michał Litwin from the Railway Employers’ Union. Discussed were, among others, rail transportation security, including training of train operators, future of rail transportation, development of rail network in Poland and difficulty in complying with the principle of competition and equal access on the Polish market.

The discussion was summarised by the secretary of PRO KOLEJ Foundation Board, Andrzej Goltz, who reminded the history and achievements of similar organisations in Europe, in particular on the market of carriers in Great Britain and Germany. Such organisations are not market participants – they ensure the essential know-how, convey information about the best European practices, and carry out educational and promotional campaigns whose aim is to bring rail closer to clients.