New European partnership formed to follow up Shift2Rail

The European Commission is inviting private and public companies to form a European Partnership on Rail Research and Innovation, which is to succeed the current Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking. In an invitation of Expression of Interest, companies can manifest their interest to become a founding member until 1 October.

The new partnership will focus on accelerating research, development and demonstrations of innovative technologies and operational solutions to make rail more attractive, enabled by digitalisation and automation. It is building on the success of Shift2Rail.

Long-term commitment

The future Rail European Partnership will be built on a long-term commitment from the European Union and its private members to deliver system focused solutions ready to enter industrialisation, deployment and operation. As a next step, the European Commission will propose a common Regulation establishing the new rail partnership and other Joint Undertakings foreseen under Horizon Europe.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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