Cooperation with other European Infrastructure Managers

RFI works closely with other infrastructure managers in Europe as a member of the Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (UIC) and of RailNetEurope (RNE). Moreover RFI takes part to studies and projects, funded by the European Framework Programmes for Research and Development.

PRIME is a platform composed of DG MOVE and railway infrastructure manager’s representatives which was set up at the end of 2013 with the aim at improving cross-border cooperation between railway infrastructure managers, supporting the implementation of European railway policy and developing a performance benchmarking for the exchange of best practices.

PRIME has currently 27 members: the European Commission, 22 infrastructure managers and 4 European associations. In June 2017, PRIME decided to take up the role of European Network of Infrastructure Managers (ENIM) in accordance with the provisions of Article 7f of Directive 2012/34/EU, as amended by Directive (EU) 2016/2370.

RFI actively participates in PRIME/ENIM, providing its technical contribution in all sub-working groups.  RFI  holds the position of chairperson in the expert group that assists the Commission in the secondary legislation implementation.

RNE is a no-profit organization based in Vienna. It was created  in January 2004 by sixteen European Infrastructure Managers in order to facilitate cooperation as far as  allocation of international train paths and traffic management is concerned. Since then,  Managers Association of other infrastructure and allocation bodies joined RNE.
A part from Italy,  the following European Countries are represented in RNE: Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg, Germany, Norway, Austria, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, France, Finland, Hungary, Belgium, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, Poland , Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Croatia.
RNE deals with the following technical and operational tasks:

  •  Definition of international rail routes among the concerned countries.
  •  Preparation of high quality train paths catalog  available  on a common IT tool.
  •  Harmonization of capacity  requests management

In RNE, RFI takes part in different activities related to operational management of rail traffic, affecting, among other things, the organization of the transport along the corridors, the development of computer systems serving the Infrastructure Managers and their customers, the definition of legal instruments concerning access to the infrastructure and the conditions of transport.


CER is a Community collecting European Railways,Infrastructure Managers and their national associations.

The role of CER is to represent the interests of its members vis à vis the EU political stakeholders, providing technical and legal contributions to improve the business and the regulatory environment in which the European railway operators and the Infrastructure Managers operate. Moreover, CER promotes the rail mode as the backbone of a competitive and sustainable transport system in Europe.

RFI makes its contribution by participating directly in CER working groups supporting, with its technical expertise, the EU representative role of FS Italiane S.p.A..


The UIC is the global organization of railways founded in 1922 with the aim at promoting cooperation between railway companies worldwide and pursuing all activities to develop international transport by railway. Headquartered in Paris it is composed of 196 members from five continents. The  UIC deals also with technical cooperation among its members in order to develop new rail services to customers; finally the UIC  maintains and develops the common vision of the rail system  at European level, through  consolidation of interoperability and strengthening competitiveness.