RailLive in Madrid Discusses Western Balkan Rail Investment

MADRID – RailLive, the leading conference for the rail industry, took place in Madrid on 30 November, when a particular focus was also given to the Western Balkans. Among number of side-events, the 4th Meeting of the Rail Infrastructure Managers Network of the Western Balkans (RIMN WB) brought together key figures, experts, and stakeholders to discuss investment opportunities driving rail development across the region.

The panel discussed the main challenges faced by the Western Balkans in the field of railways, addressing interventions, measures, actions, and investments to align with the EU standards. Questions posed by the moderator highlighted the crucial roles of railway undertakings, infrastructure managers, and public institution, emphasising the need for political support and funding. The engaging dialogue provided valuable insights into the future of rail development in the region.

The Rail Infrastructure Managers Network for Western Balkan meeting concluded with a shared sentiment that achieving the ambitious goals for developing the railway systems in the Western Balkans requires common effort and close cooperation, building on the collaborative spirit that has been maintained thus far.

Transport Community Director, Mr Matej Zakonjšek, also took part in the Future Infrastructure Panel, where attendees explored ways to guarantee the effective construction, operation, and maintenance of current and future rail assets. The session focused on promoting a green rail transition, utilising technology for monitoring and maintenance, re-thinking construction materials for environmental impact, and adapting infrastructure to changing post-pandemic passenger behaviors.

Earlier in the day, the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat actively participated in fruitful discussions with various stakeholders. Notably, a great discussion with Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking Executive Director a.i., Mr Giorgio Travaini, indicated a strong commitment to collaboration and cooperation.