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.

UIC

UIC is the global organization of the railways founded in 1922 with the aim of promoting cooperation between the railway companies worldwide and pursue all activities to develop international transport by railway. Headquartered in Paris, it has 196 members from the five continents. UIC promotes technical cooperation among its members in order to develop rail services to customers by streamlining their individual actions; it maintains and develops the common vision of the rail system in particular at the European level, through the consolidation of the aspects of interoperability and strengthening competitiveness.

RNE

RNE  is a non-profit organization based in Vienna. It was formed in January 2004 between 16 European infrastructure managers in order to facilitate cooperation in the allocation of international train paths and traffic management. since then 19 other Managers Association of networks and organizations responsible for capacity allocation joined. Countries represented in RNE, beyond Italy, are: 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 has the following technical and operating tasks:

  • The definition of international rail routes between the countries concerned.
  • The preparation of quality train paths available on a catalog published on a common IT tool.
  • The harmonization of the handling of requests for access to rail infrastructure depending on their type.

In RNE, RFI takes part in various 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.