EU support for the development of rail transport in Bulgaria and the Western Balkans

13 April 2018

The seminar will be organised by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU together with the support of UNIFE on 13 April 2018 in Sofia. Representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank, the ERA, the Shift2Rail JU as well as the Bulgarian Transport Ministry and the Bulgarian and Western Balkan railway operating community shall be among the speakers.

 

VENUE

Central Railway Station Sofia, Bulgaria (бул. Княгиня Мария Луиза 102А, 1202 Orlandovtsi)

 

PROGRAMME

8:30 – 9:00

 

Registration and welcome coffee

9:00 – 9:30

 

Opening session

Ivaylo Moskovski, Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (confirmed)
Andrey Novakov, Member of the European Parliament (confirmed)
Ognian Zlatev, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria (confirmed)
Philippe Citroën, Director General of UNIFE (confirmed)

Moderation by Philippe Citroën, Director General of UNIFE

9:30 – 11:10

 

Current and future EU investment for rail in Bulgaria and the Western Balkans

Jean-Louis Colson, Head of the ‘Transport Networks’ Unit, DG MOVE, European Commission (confirmed)
Vittoria Alliata-Di Villafranca, Director for Administrative Capacity Building and Programme Implementation II, DG REGIO, European Commission (confirmed)
Mathieu Grosch, European Coordinator for the TEN-T Orient-East Med Corridor (confirmed)
Piers Vickers, Lead Economist, Mobility Department, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank (EIB) (confirmed)
Galina Vassileva, Director for Coordination of programmes and projects, CEF Transport contact point, Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Bulgaria (confirmed)
Dejan Lasica, General Manager of the South East Europe Transport Observatory (SEETO) (confirmed)
Stoyan Bratoev, CEO of Metropolitan JSC (Metro Sofia operator) (confirmed)

11:10 – 11:40

 

Coffee break

11:40 – 13:00

 

Mobility and Interoperability
State of play of the implementation of the Technical Pillar of the 4th Railway Package and the deployment of ERTMS

Elisabeth Werner, Director for Land Transport, DG MOVE, European Commission (confirmed)
Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) (confirmed)
Libor Lochman, Executive Director of CER (confirmed)
Veselin Vasilev, Executive Director of the Bulgarian Railway Administration Executive Agency (National Safety Authority) (confirmed)
Iñigo Balda, CAF Signalling BU General Manager, Presentation of the ERTMS cross-border project Vidin-Calafat (confirmed)

13:00 – 14:15

 

Lunch break

14:15 – 15:45

 

Current and future Research & Innovation opportunities for rail stakeholders

Elisabeth Werner, Director for Land Transport, DG MOVE, European Commission (confirmed)
Carlo Borghini, Executive Director of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (confirmed)
Yves Perreal, Director of Advanced Studies, Thales; Chair of the UNIFE Digitalisation Platform (confirmed)
Andy Doherty, CTO of Network Rail and Chairman of the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) (confirmed)

15:45 – 16:00

 

Closing session

Pierre Jean Coulon, President of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society of the European Economic and Social Committee (confirmed)
Ivaylo Moskovski, Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (confirmed)

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