The Future of Rail: Regulation & Competition for an Innovative Industry

06/02/2019 - 13:00 to 16:00
University Foundation, 11 Rue d'Egmont, 1000 Brussels

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Unprecedented levels of research in all modes of transport suggest that the pace of innovation is going to greatly accelerate in the coming years. Is the structure of the rail industry and competition between actors fit to encourage innovation? Should regulation play a greater role in encouraging the implementation of these innovations?

As the European Commission is investigating the possible rail merger between Alstom and Siemens over competition concerns, this high-level seminar will explore barriers and incentives for the rail industry to innovate, including market structure, competition and regulation.

The relatively slow pace of implementation of innovations in the rail industry may be partly due to the need for a high level of safety and compatibility between new equipment and the existing ones. It may also be due to regulatory and institutional arrangements which are not adequately geared to encourage innovation. Competition and market structure may also play a key role in boosting innovation in the sector.

Join major actors from the rail and mobility sectors, including operators, infrastructure managers, regulatory authorities, academic experts and representatives from the European institutions to discuss challenges and opportunities for rail innovation.

This seminar is led by Chris Nash (CERRE Research Fellow and Professor at the University of Leeds), in collaboration with Andrew Smith (Professor, University of Leeds).


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Registration & light lunch


Welcome & introduction 

Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,


Keynote speech (followed by Q&A)

Keir Fitch

Head of Unit 'Rail Safety and Interoperability',
DG MOVE, European Commission




Presentation: ‘Innovation and the structure of the rail industry’ 

Chris Nash

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

Panel discussion: ‘Innovation and the structure of the rail industry’

See confirmed panellists below

 Coffee break
Presentation: ‘Innovation and Rail Regulation’ 

Andrew Smith

Professor, Institute for Transport Studies, 
University of Leeds



Panel discussion: ‘Innovation and Rail Regulation’

See confirmed panellists below


Closing comments 
Networking drink

William Bird

Senior Expert, 
DG RTD, European Commission 



Carlo Borghini

Executive Director, 



Martin Brennan

Head, Research & Innovation, 
International Union of Railways



François Coart

Director, Rail & Intermodal Development, 



Carole Coune

Acting Secretary General, 
European Rail Freight Association



Yves Crozet

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor, LAET, Université de Lyon 



Torben Holvad

Team leader, Analysis & Monitoring Unit,
European Union Agency for Railways



Pierre Messulam

Deputy Director General,
SNCF Transilien



Stefan Tobias

Head, Economics & Tax Policy,



Anne Yvrande-Billon

Deputy Chair, 



Wednesday 6 February 2019, 13.00-16.00,
University Foundation, 11 Rue d'Egmont, 1000 Brussels

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