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.


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.


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


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.