Organisational Structure

RailNetEurope has adopted the typical structure of an international organisation. Twice a year, the RNE General Assembly makes decisions. These are prepared by a Managing Board that meets about five times a year. The Managing Board supervises the work of the RNE Joint Office in Vienna, of the various technical boards and of all international RNE ad-hoc and standing groups.

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RNE activities are driven by the needs of the Association’s Members and by the evolving European legislative framework within which they operate. Thus on 6 May 2015, RFCs became Associate Members of RNE; they now participate in the RNE General Assembly. In order to ensure maximum commitment, high-ranking managers of each RNE member-organisation come together during the General Assembly to jointly define the framework and main fields of action for future activities.

The General Assembly also appoints the Managing Board, which prepares proposals and decisions submitted to the General Assembly, defines the general strategy of the organisation and sets priorities.

The four RNE standing Working Groups, RNE Corridor Management and a varying number of subgroups and boards work actively to reach the Association’s objectives. Ad-hoc groups are set up whenever necessary to assist with new or temporary activities.

The day-to-day work of these groups is coordinated and managed at the RNE Joint Office (JO) in Vienna, which is also in charge of the administration, finances and communication of the Association. The Joint Office is headed by the RNE Secretary General, its staff is appointed by the Managing Board and/or General Assembly.

Types of membership

Since the foundation of RNE, the basic voting principles at the General Assembly have been: one vote per infrastructure network; only Full Members are entitled to vote.

RNE can provide its Members with three different levels of membership:

  • Full Membership
  • Associate Membership and,
  • Candidate Membership. This is for companies who wish to get acquainted with RNE. This status does not grant any voting rights and cannot be maintained for more than one year. After that, either full or associate membership has to be applied for.

These different types of membership reflect differences in national frameworks as regards the infrastructure/operations separation of functions. Indeed some Infrastructure Managers / Allocation Bodies (IMs/ABs) do not execute all infrastructure management-related core functions themselves, as split into the following functions:

  • Establishment of infrastructure (investment)
  • Maintenance
  • Train Path Sales/One-Stop-Shop
  • Timetable production
  • Capacity and/or path allocation
  • Traffic control management.

As a result of this, it was decided that:

  • Bodies responsible for the above-mentioned IM/AB functions are granted the status of Full Members
  • Bodies that perform some of those IM functions on behalf of a Full Member are entitled to the status of Associate Member.