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UIP Keepers' Summit to Shape the Future of European Rail Freight

UIP Keepers' Summit to Shape the Future of European Rail Freight
photo: RAILTARGET/UIP Keepers' Summit 2022
29 / 05 / 2024

On Thursday, May 30th, the European rail freight community will convene in Venice for the UIP Keepers’ Summit, one of the largest and most important gatherings in the sector this year.

Organized in collaboration with the International Union of Wagon Keepers (UIP) and a local national association, this annual event promises an exchange of ideas and strategies among the entire rail freight supply chain. High-level representatives from national ministries, the European Parliament, and the European Commission will participate in discussions aimed at revitalizing wagonload traffic, enhancing service quality, and bolstering the resilience and attractiveness of rail freight across Europe.

The summit's agenda is packed with insightful discussions, starting with a session titled "Rising to the DAC Challenge," featuring key industry leaders such as Pierluigi Navone, Director of Rail at ANSFISA, Sabrina De Filippis, CEO of Mercitalia Logistics, Giorgio Travaini, Executive Director at Europe’s Rail JU, and Paolo Pagliero, Co-lead of FP 5 TRANS4M-R. This panel will explore the deployment of new technologies and strategic visions for the future. Following this, the second panel will delve into infrastructure challenges and solutions, with contributions from Gianpiero Strisciuglio, CEO of Italian Infrastructure Manager RFI, and other notable figures who will discuss the integration of rail freight into broader transport and logistics frameworks.

The afternoon session will focus on the political and financial support essential for sustaining and expanding rail freight operations. Speakers such as Enrico Pujia, Director General of Transport and Railway Infrastructure at the Italian Ministry of Transport, and Marco Campomenosi, Member of the European Parliament, will outline the support mechanisms currently in place and those planned for the future.

The UIP, which represents more than 250 freight wagon keepers and ECMs across Europe, emphasizes the critical role of events like these in shaping the policies and investment strategies that will determine the future of rail freight transportation across the continent.