RailNetEurope was set up in 2004 to help meet the challenges faced by the international rail sector. This was to be achieved by providing solutions that benefit all RNE Members as well as their customers and business partners. RNE facilitates the operational international business of its Members. RNE’s role is also to provide support as regards compliance with the European legal framework. This entails developing harmonised international business processes, templates, handbooks, and guidelines. All in all, RNE’s mission is to help its Members meet the challenges of the rapidly-changing railway sector in Europe and to promote international rail traffic.
As an umbrella organisation, most of RNE’s work takes place through standing Working Groups and Project Teams, which are divided into the following business areas:
- Sales & Timetabling
- Traffic & Train Performance Management
- Rail Freight Corridors
- Network Statement & Corridor Information Documents
- Legal Matters
Following a decision by the RNE General Assembly on 8 December 2016, a new working group, the Temporary Capacity Restrictions Working Group (TCR WG), is currently being established.
RNE liaises with other European/international bodies – such as the CER, CIT, EIM, ERFA, FTE, IRG-Rail as well as UIC and UIRR – to build consensus on issues of common interest. In particular, we collaborate closely with the European Railway Agency (ERA) in the field of TAF and TAP TSIs.
Over the years, the European Commission has come to value our activities and to take a keen interest in our efforts, and we benefit from European Union funding. The TEN-T EA / INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency) has provided much-needed funding, for which we are very grateful. In addition, RNE has become a member of the PRIME Platform, where the dialogue between the European Commission and the Infrastructure Managers is being enhanced.
RailNetEurope has adopted the typical structure of an international organisation. At least twice a year, the RNE General Assembly makes decisions. These are prepared by a Managing Board that meets about five times a year, and also supervises the work of all RNE ad-hoc and standing groups. The day-to-day work of these groups is coordinated and managed at the RNE Joint Office in Vienna, which is also in charge of the administration, finances and communication of the Association.
In 2014, it was decided to set up High Level Groups (HLGs) in the following areas: Rail Freight Corridors, IT, Sales & Timetabling, and Traffic Management. The High Level Groups have been tasked with providing input into RNE strategy, proposing projects and stimulating the implementation of project results as a first escalation level.