Transport Community Secretariat working closely with the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) to strengthen the railway sector in the region

In the past week, two joint activities with the European Union Agency for Railways took place. One in Luxembourg, where, with the support of the Luxembourg Railways (CFL), a training on European railway traffic management system (ERTMS) for rail professional occurred, and the second one in Belgrade, where a European Vehicle Register (EVR) training allowed colleagues form Serbia and Montenegro to master EVR.

In Luxembourg, around 20 rail professionals gathered to deepen their understanding of ERTMS and to exchange best practices with peers from other countries. Luxembourg is a perfect example for the experts from Western Balkans, Georgia and Turkey as Luxembourg Railways (CFL) have already rolled out 100% ERTMS on its national rail network.

The training was led by experts from ERA and covered a range of topics including the fundamentals of ERTMS and the testing and validation processes. The training also included practical exercises, such as train drive observation and group discussions, to help participants apply their newly acquired knowledge in real-life scenarios.

In 2022, European Union Agency for Railway decided to grant all South East European Parties with free of charge access to the European Electronic Vehicle Register (EEVR). However, transfer of data from National Vehicle Register to the EEVR should be well-prepared and this kind of training will be repeated in the entire region.

In Belgrade colleagues from Serbia and Montenegro learned about the web-based management of the allocation of train, recording vehicle registration and their updates.