CESI and its member organisation ALE discuss rail policy developments with key EU decision-makers and stakeholders

From Monday to Wednesday this week, CESI hosted a delegation visit of its member organisation 'European Independent Train Drivers Union' (ALE) in Brussels. The objective of the visit was to hold a series of talks on recent railway policy developments with EU decision-makers and stakeholders. Meetings were held with key MEPs and high-ranking representatives from the European Commission and the European Railway Agency (ERA) as well as the Community of European Railways (CER) and the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA). As trade union confederations, it was especially important for the ALE and CESI to raise problems related to the social dimension and the governance of railway policy at the EU-level.

CESI and its member organisation ALE discuss rail policy developments with key EU decision-makers and stakeholders

The ALE delegation brought together Juan Jesús Garcia Fraile (ALE President), Leszek Mietek (ALE Vice president), Vincenzo Multari (representing Pietro Serbassi, ALE Vice president), and Santiago Pino Jiménez (Head of the ALE secretariat).
From the side of CESI, the delegation was complemented by CESI Secretay general Klaus Heeger and Kirsten Lühmann, President of CESI’s internal Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Commission.

A first series of meetings were held with MEP Michael Cramer (Chair of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee), MEP Marian J. Marinescu (EPP group transport policy vice-coordinator), and MEP Ismael Ertug (S&D group transport policy coordinator).
A further meeting followed with key representatives from the European Commission and the European Railway Agency (ERA).
The ALE’s visit to CESI was concluded by meetings with Julia Lamb (Secretary general of the European Rail Freight Association, ERFA) and Libor Lochman and Ester Caldana (Executive director and advisor respectively at the Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies, CER). 

The IMG_0846ALE/CESI delegation took the opportunity of the meetings to raise challenges they see themselves confronted especially in matters of the social dimension and the governance of railway policy at the EU-level. In this context, meetings addressed, most notably, aspects related to:

• The implementation of the technical pillar and the negotiations on the political pillar of the Fourth railway package;
• The European Train Control System (ETCS);
• Train driving licences;
• Working time for train drivers; and
• The involvement of the ALE in EU-level political deliberation processes.