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George Ramshaw Curry Prestige Lecture: Current and Future Developments in EU Rail Policy

18 February 2013

EU rail policy is developing rapidly, with rail targeted to take a bigger share of freight and passenger traffic to enable delivery of climate change, fuel security and congestion-busting goals.

To help deliver this, and unlock the necessary investment, the European Commission adopted a major package in January 2013. This will open domestic rail passenger services across Europe to more competition, and under-pin both this and existing freight competition with proposals to make the European Railways Agency responsible for the safety certification of rolling stock and rail operators.

Additionally, EU Member States will be required to create strong infrastructure managers, integrating all functions including long-term planning and path allocation, circulation management and maintenance, independent of train operators.

Keir discussed the implications of this major railway package and what effectes these changes will have on the structures and systems in the UK.


Keir Fitch, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Kallas, EU Commission

Keir Fitch is the Deputy Head of Cabinet of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Transport. In this role, Keir is responsible for land transport, security and state aids, among other issues. He co-ordinated the 2011 Future of Transport White Paper.

Keir studied mathematics and law at Cambridge, and was a lawyer at Herbert Smith before moving to the UK civil service in 1993. He joined the European Commission’s Legal Service in 1999.

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: Keir Fitch is the Deputy Head of Cabinet of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Transport. In this role, Keir is responsible for land transport, security and state aids, among other issues. He co-ordinated the 2011 Future of Transport White Paper.

Keir studied mathematics and law at Cambridge and was a lawyer a Herbet Smith before moving to the UK civil service in 1993. He joined the European Commission's Legal Service in 1999.

Duration: 1 hour, 26 minutes