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EU-Rail Appoints Experienced Leader Giorgio Travaini as Executive Director

EU-Rail Appoints Experienced Leader Giorgio Travaini as Executive Director
photo: UIC / Public domain/Giorgio Travaini
28 / 05 / 2024

Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking (EU-Rail) has announced that the EU-Rail Governing Board has appointed Giorgio Travaini as the new EU-Rail Executive Director. With a career spanning 18 years in the transport sector, including a notable tenure as ad interim and acting Executive Director of EU-Rail, Giorgio brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role.

Giorgio's professional journey encompasses diverse leadership roles, showcasing his adeptness in navigating the complexities of the rail sector. His comprehensive understanding of EU-Rail's operations qualifies him to steer the organization effectively, ensuring alignment with strategic objectives and fostering collaborative partnerships across Europe.

Assuming the position of Executive Director, Giorgio will take on the responsibility of overseeing EU-Rail's organization, cultivating relationships with stakeholders, and driving initiatives aimed at accelerating the development and adoption of cutting-edge rail technologies.

Magda Kopczyńska, Director-General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission and Chair of Europe’s Rail’s Governing Board expressed her confidence in Europe’s Rail under Giorgio’s leadership, saying: "Rail has the potential to greatly contribute to resolving many of Europe’s mobility challenges. First, though, it must embrace innovation and digitalization more emphatically. I know that Europe’s Rail will continue to advance rail in Europe, helping to ensure the competitiveness and efficiency that will see it pass the milestones set out in our Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy and take up its rightful place in the EU’s transport network. Congratulations to Giorgio!”

Commenting on the appointment, Giorgio remarked: "I am deeply honoured to lead EU-Rail as Executive Director. The European rail sector stands at a pivotal juncture, with unprecedented opportunities to enhance mobility, mitigate carbon emissions, and foster economic growth. I am eager to work with our dedicated team and Members, driving EU-Rail towards focused R&I that can deliver upon sustainable transport and mobility for our society, ensuring our efforts leave a lasting positive impact."

Innovations in rail represent pivotal advancements in addressing the realization of a Single European Rail Area, tackling transportation challenges, and advancing sustainability objectives set out in the European Green Deal and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. As Europe embarks on its journey towards a greener and more sustainable future, strategic investment in rail technology remains paramount. EU-Rail continues to play an important role in gathering the rail sector and the Union towards a reliable, efficient, future-proof, and integrated European railway network, bolstering with innovation the global competitiveness of the European rail industry.

Giorgio’s leadership will be instrumental in steering the Joint Undertaking in the implementation of the EU-Rail's Master Plan, ensuring that the European rail sector remains at the forefront of technological innovation and sustainable development.


Source: Europe's Rail Press Release