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Table of contentsI. PreambleMessage from the Presidentand the Secretary General 5II. <strong>UIP</strong> in 2012new Staff 7Internal Working Structure 8External Working Structure 9<strong>UIP</strong> Committees 10Who is Who Executive Board 11III. European Affairs 2012Budget & Transport Financing 13Market & Governance 13Institutional Studies for Future Policies 14Research & Standardisation 15IV. Internal Affairs 2012Topical Committees 19National Associations Committee 25V. Financial FiguresResults & Balance Sheet 27VI. APPENDIX<strong>UIP</strong> Members 2012 29Abbreviations & Acronyms 303

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I. Preamble2012 meets the challenge of change management« One should bear in mind that there is nothing moredifficult to execute, nor more dubious of success, normore dangerous to administer than to introduce a neworder to things: for he who introduces it has all thosewho profit from the old order as his enemies, and hehas only lukewarm allies in all those who might profitfrom the new » Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, 1513Change is uncomfortable, and adapting to change isdifficult and messy. But even if in rail transportation thereality of yesterday proves to be wrong today, andnobody really knows what the truth for tomorrow willbe, 2012 will be remembered as a year of empowering<strong>UIP</strong>’s structure and individuals to respond to the newchallenges in our industry.Against a background of difficult economicconditions and continuing pressures on publicfinances, the European Parliament brought forwardthe revision of the TEN-T Guidelines together withthe creation of a real infrastructure fund and theConnecting Europe Facility (CEF), in order to lay downthe necessary conditions for funding throughout theEuropean Union. In parallel, the European Commissiondeepened its work towards the implementationand enforcement of a Single Railway Market. Thepublication of the 4th Railway Package in January2013 was the last step towards putting in place newgovernance structures, market and technical rulesthat should increase railway competitiveness atEuropean level as described in the 2011 TransportWhite Paper. With the adoption in October 2012 ofthe Directive 2012/34/EU, recasting the First RailwayPackage, the European Institutions finally agreed after2 years, on new rules to provide legal simplificationthrough consolidation and clarification of the threedirectives from 2001.In this context, <strong>UIP</strong> has given life to its new structure,carried out many activities with the European RailwayAgency, and begun developing a close cooperationwith the other sector associations such as CER, ERFA,UNIFE and UIC in order to increase the visibility offreight wagon keepers and ensure that rail freight willnot be further reduced to a minor part of the railwaysystem.Topical Committees and the National AssociationsCommittee a self-governing field within theparameters and values that the <strong>UIP</strong> Executive Boardmembers have used to define the <strong>UIP</strong> strategy. ThoseCommittees are at the heart of the <strong>UIP</strong>’s organisationand should be given the chance to innovate, takeinitiatives and make decisions happen. Addressingthe next challenge of ensuring the delivery of contentand a quality service will require further commitmentfrom all <strong>UIP</strong> members and continuous internal andexternal dialogues to ensure that the wider industrygets a better grip on its costs, whilst delivering thelevels of safety, performance and efficiency thatfreight customers expect.It’s our strong motivation together with the memberassociations to continue enhancing <strong>UIP</strong>’s profiletowards the EU institutions and, by following thepolitical agenda, to seek for harmonised actionson noise reduction and greater consideration forsingle wagonload traffic. For 2013, we need strongleadership from the Board and must continue pursuinga good collaboration with the other Stakeholders’associations, as well as active partnership with theEU Institutions and the national authorities in order tofunction as a true Union.Finally, we’d like to thank all our members, partners, aswell as all the <strong>UIP</strong> representatives for their contributions,their time and willingness to share knowledge andexpertise. The hard work and commitment of allremain absolutely crucial. In the following pages, youwill find more insight to <strong>UIP</strong>’s activities in 2012.We look forward to a further fruitful cooperation in2013 in addressing the next challenges!Brussels, 29 April 2013Sincerely YoursI. PreambleThanks to the work of the Brussels’ office and theinvolvement of the Topical Committees’ Chairmen,significant progress has been made in enhancingconfidence and transparency vis-à-vis our members,the National Associations. In 2012, we tried to give theEckart Lehmann<strong>UIP</strong> Presidentgilles Peterhans<strong>UIP</strong> Secretary General5

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II. <strong>UIP</strong> in 2012A. new staffAfter 3 years of good and faithful service, Dr. HolgerSegerer retired from <strong>UIP</strong> in December 2012. GillesPeterhans, former <strong>UIP</strong> Technical Coordinator, wasappointed in September by the Executive Boardas the new Secretary General. In accordance withthe overall strategy and the new structure of <strong>UIP</strong>,Maria Price was hired in a new role as ManagerEuropean Affairs. <strong>Report</strong>ing to the Secretary General,she will be responsible for developing <strong>UIP</strong>’s relations tothe EU policy institutions and boosting the recognitionof <strong>UIP</strong> as representative body in Brussels.Gilles Peterhans studied finance and economics atthe University of St. Gallen – School of Management,Economics, Law, Social Sciences and InternationalAffairs (HSG) in Switzerland. After his graduation in2001, he worked as CEO for a Swiss wagon keepercompany and a small Swiss railway undertaking. Byexercising various duties within the rail freight sectorand actively participating in different Associations,Gilles Peterhans has developed not only acomprehensive knowledge of the European andnational legal frameworks but also professionalexperience in rail freight related issues.Maria Price studied International Relations, Law andDiplomacy in the US and in the UK. She was awardeda Doctorate Degree from Oxford University, St Anne’sCollege. She worked in different modes of transportin the private and public sectors around Europe.Before joining <strong>UIP</strong>, Maria Price was managing andcoordinating the activities of the Expert WorkingGroups at EIM, the European Association ofIndependent Infrastructure Managers. Therefore, shehas been actively involved in the decision-makingprocesses at EU level and has established strongrelations with the European Institutions and the RailSector.With this new staff composition, the <strong>UIP</strong> ExecutiveBoard wants to ensure not only a seamless transitionbut to also address members’ expectations bycombining academic skills and professional expertise.II. <strong>UIP</strong> in 2012Gilles PeterhansSecretary GeneralMaria PriceManager European AffairsIsabelle BrahyOffice Manager7




Who is WHo executive boardThe Executive Board is the highest committee in the<strong>UIP</strong>’s organisation and acts as the managementcommittee for the association. As such it formulatesthe overall strategies and policies, and is alsoresponsible for ensuring the availability of adequateresources and for the conduct of business in conformitywith applicable laws and regulations.In 2011, the <strong>UIP</strong> Executive Board established fiveinterdisciplinary Topical Committees : Interop, Safety,GCU, Data Exchange and Economic Evaluation.Since February 2012, the Committees are the heart ofthe operational work of <strong>UIP</strong> and steer the technicalactivities. They are composed of one Chairman,nominated by the Executive Board, who managesthe Committee, one Pointsman, as representative ofthe Executive Board taking leadership on the topicand ensuring proper reporting, and up to 6 members(exceptions may be granted by the Executive Board)with appropriate expertise and management skills.In their respective fields of competences, the TopicalCommittees aim at providing a platform to coordinatethe work of experts in external working groups (such asthe Working Parties at ERA) and to define and agreeon <strong>UIP</strong> positions on relevant issues.In addition, the National Associations Committeebrings together all the <strong>UIP</strong> members (onerepresentative per Association) and provides theplatform for the coordination of the national activitiesand for consensus-building on relevant topics. Assuch, the Committee has an important role to playin making recommendations to the Executive Boardon <strong>UIP</strong>’s scope of work and priorities, as well asaddressing <strong>UIP</strong>’s position nationally while at the sametime bringing national issues to European level.The work in each Committee can be supported, whennecessary, by the creation of related Experts WorkingGroups.You can read more about the activities of the TopicalCommittees and of the National AssociationsCommittee under Chapter IV Internal Affairs.II. <strong>UIP</strong> in 2012Dr. Eckart LehmannSupervisory Board of AAE HoldingDr. Heiko FischerCEO of VTG AktiengesellschaftJohannes MansbartCEO & President of theManagement Board of GATXRail EuropeBruno DambrineErmewa InterservicesRail Safety CoordinatorPresident Workshop DivisionFabrice WalewskiMember of the Board of AFWPGeneral Partner & CEOof Touax GroupJürgen BauerMember of the Boardof VPI AustriaCEO ERR European RailRent GmbHPer-Anders BenthinPresident of SvenskaPrivatvagnföreningen (SPF)CEO of Transwaggon AGGuido GazzolaVice President of ASSOFERRVTG Italia srl11

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Page 1/7III. European Affairs 2012During 2012, <strong>UIP</strong> witnessed intense discussions between the Rail Sector, the European Railway Agency, theEuropean Commission and the European Parliament, recognising the importance to be involved with theEuropean Institutions in order to provide the right framework and the appropriate level playing field.BUDGET & TRANSPORTFINANCINGMARKET & GOVERNANCEConnecting Europe Facility (CEF)4 th Railway Package (4RP)Through the Multi-<strong>Annual</strong> Financial Framework (29June 2011), the EC proposed a budget of up to €31.7billion for the 2014-2020 period for the ConnectingEurope Facility (CEF) which should promote growth,jobs and competitiveness through targeted transportinvestments in Europe. The CEF should also help toupgrade transport infrastructure, build missing linksand remove bottlenecks.The money from Connecting Facility Europe will actas leverage for more funding from other private andpublic investors. To assist with the financing of the CEF,the European Commission has also adopted the termsfor the Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative, which willbe one of a number of risk-sharing instruments, uponwhich the facility may draw in order to attract privatefinancing.On 18 th of December 2012, the European Parliamentvoted on amendments regarding the EC proposal onCEF. Important for <strong>UIP</strong> vote was that CEF funds cangrant up to 20% of the total implementation costs forprojects on reducing rail freight noise by retrofittingexisting rolling stock.<strong>UIP</strong> also recognises the need for coherence betweenthe CEF and the HORIZON 2020 Programme in orderto ensure that funding for transport related activities,such as research, innovation, testing and deploymentis not reduced. For 2013 <strong>UIP</strong> remains optimistic thatthe proposed budget for CEF is approved by theEuropean Council.As a result of the active involvement of the Sectoron the revision of the Technical Specifications ofInteroperability and discussions towards a simplerprocess for Vehicle Authorisation, the EuropeanCommission recognised the need to recast the currentInteroperability and Safety Directives. This also meantthat the role of the European Railway Agency needsto be reconsidered and possibly enhanced as theSingle European Authority for Vehicle Authorisation.The above three elements became part of the 4thRailway Package which also includes proposedlegislation on opening domestic passenger railmarkets, and governance and accounts relationshipsbetween RUs and IMs.For 2013, <strong>UIP</strong> is prepared for active dialogues with theEuropean Parliament and the European Council, andhas already taken initial steps towards developingjoint positions with other sector organisations.June 2012:CER, UNIFE, <strong>UIP</strong> andERFA SHARE VIEWS ONTHE FUTURE ROLE OF ERAPOSITION PAPERFuture role of ERA29 November 2011 by CER and UNIFE, joined by <strong>UIP</strong> and ERFA in 2012III. European Affairs 2012June 2012:<strong>UIP</strong> SIGNED THEDECLARATIONIN SUPPORT OF THECONNECTING EUROPEFACILITYJuly 2012 :CER, UNIFE, <strong>UIP</strong> ANDERFA CALL FOR A SINGLEVEHICLE AUTHORIZATION13

General remarksCER, <strong>UIP</strong> and ERFA understand and support the intention of the Swiss government toreduce the problem of railway noise and speed up the processes of retrofitting the old andnoisy brake block types of freight wagons. However, the measure foreseen (de facto ban ofcast-iron brake blocks by January 1 st 2020) in the draft law would cause severe problemsfor the European single market and will create intermodal as well as intra-modal distortionof competition.CER, <strong>UIP</strong> and ERFA strongly believe that noise reduction measures should respect thesingle market. The ban of cast iron brake blocks as foreseen by the federal law from 2020on would be a barrier to the single market.Contrary to what is stated in the explanatory note of the Swiss Federal Office for Transport(BAV), it is unlikely that enough wagons and type of wagons (i.e. non-Swiss) will beequipped with composite brake blocks by 2020 in order to compose trains within, to, fromand through Switzerland containing silent wagons only. Giventhe high percentage of non-Swiss wagons (50%) used today for the supply of Swissshippers (import, export, internal) or running in transit through the country,the actual amount of wagons complying with the provisions laid down in the TSINoise,the potential capacity of the manufacturing industry for new wagons andthe difficult economic situation in general and of rail freight operators in particularit is even too optimistic to expect that the number of new wagons reaches 100 000 in 2020(only 50% of the amount assumed by the BAV).Furthermore it will not be economically possible for current foreign wagons to beretrofitted in time. In fact, it will prevent the majority of European wagons to beoperated within, to, from or through Switzerland. As a result, rail freight traffic throughor within Switzerland will most likely be negatively affected, with a massive impactnot only on customers and foreign undertakings but also on Swiss railway companieswhich operate trains and foreign wagons.Harmonization of regulationCER, <strong>UIP</strong> and ERFA have always supported the subsidiary principle when implementing (ornot) noise differentiated track access charges. However such charging should not lead todistortions to competition, neither within the rail sector nor between transport modes.Switzerland’s central location and its international engagements with the European UnionInstitutional Studies for Future PoliciesEP Study: REDUCING RAILWAY NOISE POLLUTIONIn August 2012, the European Parliament publisheda study investigating the noise situation in Europeand proposing measures towards noise reductionin rail transport. Those included recommendationsfor setting noise limits, retrofitting wagons with lownoise breaking systems, developing and introducingfunding schemes supporting the costs for retrofitting,and introducing Noise Differentiated Track AccessCharges (NDTAC) which are to be determined basedon the noise levels of the wagons.<strong>UIP</strong> considers noise a priority; therefore, it understandsand supports the intention to minimise noise in freightwagons. It welcomes the initiatives by some EU andnon-EU Member States, such as Switzerland, whoare already introducing national laws and setting upaction plans for silent wagons.However, <strong>UIP</strong>, along with other Representative Bodies,such as ERFA and CER published a joint positionpaper stressing the importance that there should bea harmonised legal framework with a harmonisedapplication of NDTAC, and a phasing period forretrofitting freight wagons. Furthermore, nationallaws and action plans for retrofitting and introducingNDTAC must be coherent with EU legislation.<strong>UIP</strong> is determined to continue advocating its positionon noise making sure that the efforts to minimise noisedo not stop the circulation of freight wagons aroundEurope, which would create a reverse effect of modalshift from rail to road, distort competition and threatenthe single market.EC Study: SINGLE WAGON LOADIn 2011 the European Commission launched a callfor tender on Single Wagon Load Traffic in Europe— challenges, prospects and policy options. Theresults of the study should help the Commission toidentify suitable policy options to support the futuredevelopment of single wagon load traffic in Europe.The study is expected to include:• Analyses of the state of the art in technologyfor, and organisation and operation of, singlewagon load services,• Observations and assessment of recent andongoing research activities with relevance forsingle wagon load traffic, and• Conceptual scenarios for its development,even taking into account regulatroy issues.The study will focus on the consolidation anddeconsolidation of traffic flows in the single wagonload system and will take into account the interactionwith other types of rail traffic (trainload and combinedtraffic) as well as with other transport modes.<strong>UIP</strong> appreciates the initiative by the EuropeanCommission and intends to follow closely theprogress, while at the same time providing expertsupport towards a suitable and pragmatic policy onsingle wagon load traffic in Europe.August 2012 :CER, <strong>UIP</strong> AND ERFACOMMENTS ONCONSULTATION SWISSFEDERAL LAWON RAILWAYNOISESwiss federal law on railway noiseCER – <strong>UIP</strong> – ERFA comments on the consultation29 August 201214

RESEARCH & STANDARDISATION2012 can be remembered as the year of introducing new initiatives and concepts such as HORIZON 2020and SHIFT2RAIL. The relationship between existing and future initiatives and programmes for Research andDevelopment (also known as Research and Innovation) at a European Level are presented in the followingdiagram and summarised below.EU INSTITUTIONS & EU SOURCE FUNDINGSECTOR & PRIVATE SOURCE FUNDINGFuture (2014)ExistingHorizon 2020 was introduced in 2011 by the EuropeanCommission as a package of 4 legislative proposalson research and development, aiming at boostingresearch, innovation and competitiveness in all areasof activities in Europe.The new Multiannual Financial Framework for the2014-2020 period, with an initial budget of € 80 billion,foresaw also an increase in the proposed budgetfor Transport Research to € 7.69 billion compared tothe € 4.16 billion for 2007-2013 period. However, thedifficult negotiations within the European Council onthe new EU 2014-2020 budget and the adoption bythe EU Parliament (ITRE Committee) of the draft reportin November 2012, led to:• A cut of the future overall budgetfor Horizon 2020 to € 70 billion andFP Calls(FrameworkPrograms)HORIZON2020TEN- TEACallsAs a result, <strong>UIP</strong> reacted together with other Europeantransport actors in the sector and academia in a jointpress release calling on the European Parliament andthe EU Member States to reach an agreement whichmaintains the share of the Horizon 2020 budget forTransport at € 7.69 billion, and to support the EuropeanCommission’s proposed budget of € 80 billion overseven years for Horizon 2020 in the Multi-<strong>Annual</strong>Financial Framework.December 2012:EUROPEAN ASSOCIATIONSCOMBINED THEIR VOICESCALL FOR AN APPROPRIATEBUDGET SHARE FORTRANSPORT RESEARCHUNDER HORIZON 2020III. European Affairs 2012• A decrease of the budget forTransport Research to 6.9% ofthe total Horizon 2020 budget.15

Shift 2 Rail is a new research instrument, initiated by UNIFEas Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) within Horizon 2020,to address the challenges of delivering innovation inrail transportation. The first official proposal was sentto the Commission in July 2012. As an overall activityon standardisation and regulation, this JTI aims atproviding a European framework for the rail transportsector to launch major industrial research. Whilst theexisting European funded research programmesare running under FP6 and FP7 calls, Shift 2 Rail shoulddevelop and implement a new way of addressingthe challenges for innovation in technology and aimat enhancing capacity, increasing service reliabilityand reducing life cycle costs. Divided in 5 InnovationProgrammes, it covers high-speed, urban, suburban,regional and freight rail market. The overall budget isestimated at €1 billion over a period of six to sevenyears and should be funded jointly by private andEuropean funds.In 2012, <strong>UIP</strong> took part in a number of meetings in orderto define and assess the content and scope of IP5related to freight services. Enhancement of capacity,reduction of operational and maintenance costs andsignificant increase in reliability have been definedas the major drivers for this Innovation Programme.However, the discussions within the European railindustry and with the EU policy-makers are still ongoing.According to the proposed SHIFT²RAIL Joint Undertaking(JU), in order to participate in the high-level decisionmaking process (i.e. steering committee), a companyneeds to sign the SHIFT²RAIL JTI Memorandum ofUnderstanding, commit sufficient resources, time andfinances, and accept the Statutes of the Initiative.Once it is launched, any public or private legal entitycould join as a Technology Innovation Driver (TID) oran Associated Member.Recognising the complexity of this instrument, <strong>UIP</strong> willcontinue to follow the development of the Shift2Railinitiative and ensure that the interests of the wagonkeepers are taken into account and that they may beinvolved in the SHIFT²RAIL Transverse Activity SteeringCommittee (TASC).16

ERRAC (European Rail Research Advisory Council) isan existing rail platform, set up in 2001, which bringstogether the Rail Sector and Academia to developjoint projects at European level. ERRAC and itsmembers receive private as well as public fundsthrough Framework Programmes and TEN-TEA Callsparticipation.http://www.errac.org/Although not directly involved in research, <strong>UIP</strong>acts as a Member of the European Rail ResearchAdvisory Council (ERRAC). The key priority for ERRACis to make rail an important topic area for EU fundedresearch. This goal is particularly re-enforced with theintroduction of the HORIZON 2020, the successor ofthe 7th Framework Programme. 2012 marks severalmilestones for ERRAC activities, which are describedbelow.ERRAC ROADMAPS were finalisedThe aim of the ERRAC ROADMAPS Project was to setthe agenda and describe the targets for researchbetween now and 2020 in the areas of Energy,Noise and Vibrations, Sustainable Design andProcurement, Medium and Long-distance Transportfor Passengers and Freight, Urban Mobility, Suburbanand Regional Rail Transport, Safety and Security,and Competitiveness. The deliverables explain theneed to achieve the targets, the steps that should beconsidered, the barriers that need to be overcome,and the way forward towards a sustainable Europeanrailway system. The ERRAC ROADMAPS Projectsdeliverables include:RAILROUTE 2050In November 2012, ERRAC officially handed over thevision document “RAILROUTE 2050” to the EuropeanCommission, which establishes a vision to take railresearch, development and innovation to a newlevel. It provides a strategy for research opportunitiesfor a competitive, resource-efficient and intelligentrail transport system that meets the future demandsof European citizens, stimulates economic growth,creates European jobs, and strengthens the positionof the European rail sector in global competition.It will serve as a basis for the future work of the ERRACplatform.RailRoute2 0 5 0 :the sustainablebackboneSingle EuropeanTransport AreaAn initial update of the ERRAC Vision forRailway Research and Innovation for the future of railTowards a Competitive,Resource Efficientand IntelligentRail Transport Systemfor 2050of theIII. European Affairs 20121. ERRAC Energy Roadmap2. ERRAC Freight Roadmap3. ERRAC Urban Mobility Roadmap4. ERRAC Urban, Suburban and RegionalRail Research Roadmap5. ERRAC Strengthening Competitiveness Roadmap6. ERRAC Passenger Roadmap7. Joint ERTRAC/ERRAC Urban MobilityResearch Roadmap8. ERRAC Noise & Vibration Roadmap17

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IV. Internal Affairs 2012TOPICAL COMMITTEESSince February 2012, the Topical Committees steer <strong>UIP</strong>’s activities on standards and regulation under thesupervision of the Executive Board. The overall coordination is done by the Topical Committees’ Chairmenthrough chairmen coordination meetings. To ensure transparency and proper reporting, each TopicalCommittee (TC) has a representative of the Executive Board, known as Pointsman.A. TOPICAL COMMITTEE SAFETYMeeting Date Meeting Place Chairman:04.06.12 Hamburg Rainer Kogelheide, GATXChief Technical Officer (CTO)02.10.12 ParisIn the scope of the ERA activities related to Safety, the <strong>UIP</strong> representatives attended different workingparty meetings in Lille and many workshops around Europe. With the revision of the CSM on Risk Assessment(to be published in the second quarter of 2013), the new CSM on Monitoring (1078/2012/EC) and the ECMRegulation (445/2011/EC) fully in application, the Topical Committee Safety has been concentrating its efforts onfollowing-up the text modifications and the dissemination work enabling better understanding of the system andensuring the representation of Keepers’ interests in the different discussion platforms. Within the ERA platform forthe cooperation of Certification Bodies (CB), two new Task Forces were set-up:• one dealing with the duration of assessments for ECM certification and the analysis ofthe gaps between ECM certification and other certificates (such as VPI/DB)IV. Internal Affairs 2012• one dealing with the requirements for pre-departure inspection and release to service.<strong>UIP</strong> will continue, via its representatives from the Topical Committee Safety, to play an active role in thoseTask Forces and report on the outcome of the work.ECM Certification (deadline for self-certified ECM: 31/05/2013)Since February 2012, in order to support theimplementation of the ECM certificationprocess in the different Member States,ERA organised not only regular meetingson the cooperation of Certification Bodies,but also various dissemination workshops inSpain, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ireland, France,Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Hungary andMacedonia.19

However, given the present conditions and besides the efforts of ERA and of the sector to speed-up the process,the reluctance of many Members States to implement and apply European legislation in a timely manner hasled to further problems where many ECMs may not be certified in time and the NVRs (as the official source to linkwagon number, Keeper and ECM) are not yet working properly in all Member States.The TC Safety worked also in parallel with the UNECE RID/ADR/ADN Joint Committee, the OTIF RID ExpertCommittee and all related subgroups on Dangerous Goods Regulation. The group contributed to importanttopics such as:1) Transitional measures for the use of old gas wagons (built before 1978 and approved under national law)2) Modification of UIC leaflet 573-1 to delete the provision on the necessity to have handbrakeshandled from a platform3) Modification of the organisation responsible for the periodic inspection of tanks (from Keeper to ECM)4) Inputs to the ad-hoc Safety subgroup of the OTIF on drafting a proposal for the implementation of minimumsafety requirements in OTIF regulations addressing the safe operation of any wagon built according to thenew WAG TSI.Finally, by developing proper working relations with CEFIC, the Committee was able to support the work of theRail Tech Operations and Tank working groups, and participated on the revision of the CEFIC Guidelines on“Requirements, design and testing of RTC’s” which should be published during the second quarter of 2013.B. TOPICAL COMMITTEE INTEROPERABILITY (INTEROP)Meeting Date Meeting Place Chairman:15.05.12 Hamburg Joachim Wirtgen, VTG AGHead of Safety &Management Systems30.08.12 BaarIn the frame of the extension of scope of all TSIs to non-TEN lines, the Topical Committee Interop contributed in2012 to the final work of the ERA on the revision of the TSI WAG, its Application Guide and the ongoing discussionson the marking GE/CW. The Committee also supported the initiative to update the reference to the EN13103in the final version of the TSI. At the same time, a major concern in the activities of the Committee was the fullrevision of the TSI NOISE to include a second step for limit values, to add the infrastructure in the scope and topropose a continuous curve of APL.NEW TSI WAG (published on 13 th March 2013 under 321/2013/EU)The revised TSI WAG is very different from its predecessor; it relies heavily on the correct application of the EU“new approach” principles. In terms of Interoperability, the new approach implies that any railway subsystem(such as wagon) meets the applicable essential requirements as set out in the Interoperability Directive (2008/57/EC). The approach relies at the same time on the correct application of the Safety Directive (2004/49/EC) by theconcerned parties. In this sense, the new TSI foresees 3 levels of compliance:a. Wagon compliant with section 4 only: focus on high-level functional requirements of 2008/57/EC. It allowsfor very different technical solutions. This means that the authorisation for placing in service (APIS) needs to beobtained for each EU MS separately because the revised TSI WAG contains three open points and onespecific case.20

. Compliance with point 7.1.2: this clause provides a set of additional conditions to be fulfilled, aiming at closingthe open points and dealing with the specific case. Fulfilling clause 7.1.2 mitigates the concerns of EU MSsrelated to the freedom of using different technical solutions as defined under section 4. Compliance with levels1 and 2 provides the necessary conditions for mutual recognition of the first authorisation in all EU MemberStates.c. Compliance with Appendix C: a wagon compliant with Appendix C provides to the RUs the technicalevidence on the necessary compatibility requirements to ensure that the train is technically fit for the journey.In short, only a wagon fulfilling this level 3 compliance is equivalent to a former “RIV”- wagon.Besides the work on the TSIs, the Topical Committee Interop has alsobeen involved in activities relating to the homologation of LL brakeshoes and to the closure of the open point “approval of compositebrake blocks”. Furthermore, it has initiated a follow-up on thedevelopment of European Standards (ENs) relevant to the wagonKeepers’ business and will continue to monitor the work of the CENworking groups.C. TOPICAL COMMITTEE DATA EXCHANGEMeeting Date Meeting Place Chairman:21.08.12 Vienna * Gilles Peterhans, <strong>UIP</strong>Technical Coordinator17.11.12 ViennaSince the TAF TSI first publication in 2006, <strong>UIP</strong> continuously stressed the importance of efficient data exchange as akey factor for the competitiveness in rail freight transportation. The creation of a dedicated Topical Committee in2012 marked the start of a new dawn in this area which coincided with an increase of activities at European level.IV. Internal Affairs 2012On the legislative side, the Committee’srepresentatives attendednumerous working party meetings atERA linked to the revision of the TAFTSI and the Change ManagementProcess for the technical files, as wellas Joint Sector Group TAF meetingsaiming at coordinating the sectoractivities on TAF implementation.The new governance structure, put in place by the Commission in 2012 (328/2012/EU), has required also a stronginvolvement of Mr Mansbart, in his function as Pointsman of the Executive Board, in the so-called TAF SteeringCommittee to monitor the strategic developments. In parallel, following the work of the EC Task Force on TelematicApplications in Rail, the on-going discussions about the European register framework led to a new ERA study onthe coherence and consistency of the registers. In this context, the Committee representatives participated indifferent workshops providing inputs on the way to better organise the multitude of existing data registers withrelevance to Keepers and related to rolling stock. In cooperation with the RSRD² project management team, <strong>UIP</strong>worked intensely on recommending that RSRD² is used by the industry to fulfil numerous defined functionalities ina future streamlined architecture of data registers pertaining to freight vehicles.* From 01.05.2013, Thomas Heydenreich takes over chairmanship21

Furthermore, on 23 rd of May 2012, jointly with CER, the Committee organised a sector workshop on RSRD 2 inBrussels which brought together <strong>UIP</strong> representatives and the representatives of different other associations (UIC,ERFA, and UIRR).Promoting RSRD 2 in 20122012 marks the beginning of a new era for the RSRD² project. For <strong>UIP</strong> it was always of key importance toensure the full neutrality of RSRD². As a result RSRD² was legally transferred from <strong>UIP</strong> into RSRD² ASBL, a nonfor-profitorganisation under Belgian law. RSRD² now holds records of over 111,000 freight wagons. Thenumber of Keepers in RSRD 2 has now risen from an initial six in 2011 (AAE, Ermewa, GATX, Transfesa, TWAand VTG) to 21 in 2012. Additional 20 wagon Keepers are currently in the testing phase and are expectedto reach a decision on participation in RSRD² in the next few months. The number of companies accessingthe data (Railway Undertakings, maintenance workshops, freight forwarders, etc.) has risen to 35 since April2012. There has been particular interest from private rail transport companies from Germany and Italy. However,various former State railways, such as SBB Cargo, RCA, Trenitalia, CFL Cargo and DB AG, have also applied foraccess to RSRD².The first year of operation has seen various change requests being put forward by the users. The datafields have also been carefully aligned with the requirements of the RUs. This means that the RSRD² datacatalogue is expected to be enlarged by a number of data fields (for example the properties of thebraking system) in 2013. In addition, the number of compulsory fields may be expanded when agreedby the Keepers.There are plans to connect to the GCU database in 2013. This means that all Keepers who use RSRD², no longerneed to update the GCU database. RSRD² will transfer the Keepers’ wagon lists to the GCU database on adaily basis. <strong>UIP</strong> and RSRD² have initiated talks with National Safety Authorities and the ERA to explore ways ofconnecting the vehicle registers and RSRD², which should provide for quick updates of registers and reduce costsfor the wagon Keepers.D. TOPICAL COMMITTEE ECONOMIC EVALUATIONMeeting Date Meeting Place Chairman:19.04.12 Conf Call Markus Vaerst, AAE AGDirector Engineering &Regulatory25.05.12 Conf Call23.10.12 CologneAfter the publication of the report on the impact of new rules and regulation in November 2011, the TopicalCommittee Economic Evaluation worked in 2012 on an extension of scope for this report assessing the safety levelof rail transport vs. other modes in particular road transport. To this end, Wagon Keepers were asked through therespective National Association to provide statistical data on their fleet and any related rail accident (causingfatalities or injuring people). However, in order to provide a sound analysis on such a difficult and sensitive topic,the Committee will further collaborate with external consultants and should publish a new report at the end ofthe third quarter of 2013.22

In addition, the Committee provided support and expertise to the other Topical Committees in all matters relatedto impact assessment and dealing with financial aspects. In this context, the group developed a formula tosupport the calculation of wheel set costs aiming at facilitating individual Wagon Keepers’ business processes.The Committee was also involved in the activities of the ERA on the use of ERATV for the registration of existingvehicle types. In 2012, it intensified its contacts with the ERA Economic Evaluation Unit through the work in theEconomic Survey Group. The interface with the ERA EE Unit allowed Committee representatives to disseminatethe conclusions of the 2011 report mentioned above to a wide panel of experts which further enhanced thevisibility of <strong>UIP</strong> on technical policy level and the importance of proper regulation on Noise issues for the WagonKeepers.Noise and implementation of NDTACThe impact of Noise regulation on WagonKeepers’ business not only threatens railfreight competitiveness but it also puts injeopardy a modal shift towards the railsector as foreseen in the 2011 TransportWhite Paper. From this background, theTopical Committee Economic Evaluationwas actively involved in various national andinternational discussions on the introductionof NDTAC, the homologation of LL brakeshoes and possible funding sources for theretrofitting of the existing wagon fleet.For the use of LL brake shoes, someoperational constraints are expectedbased on the results of the EuropeTrainproject and a homologation is not foreseenbefore the second quarter of 2013. In thiscontext, the entry into force of the GermanNDTAC system and the Swiss determinationto introduce a ban of wagons equippedwith cast iron brake pads from 1 st of January2020, highlighted the need for <strong>UIP</strong> to addressa common policy roadmap at the EUinstitutional level. The <strong>UIP</strong>’s goal is to ensurea Europe-wide harmonised strategy tosupport and encourage the sector to retrofitits wagon fleet.IV. Internal Affairs 2012At the same time, the European Commissioninformed <strong>UIP</strong> that the expert group dealingwith NDTAC schemes may re-start in2013. Furthermore, a dedicated impactassessment study analysing differentpolicy options to avoid a negative modalshift towards other modes of transportand especially road will be launched.Representatives of the Topical CommitteeEconomic Evaluation will participate in theproceedings and inform in due time.23

E. TOPICAL COMMITTEE GCUMeeting Date Meeting Place Chairman:09.02.12 Brussels Stefan Lohmeyer, VTG AGGeneral Counsel19.06.12 Baar14.11.12 MainzIn 2012, UIC, <strong>UIP</strong> and ERFA continued to work closely together in order to develop further the General Contractof Use (GCU). The Joint Committee (JC), with the support of the new trustee, Mr. Floris Foqué, made variousimprovements in the GCU administration and was able to agree on a new Appendix 14 and numerousamendment proposals regarding Art. 2.2, 2.4, 3, 5, 7.4, 19, 22 as well as six amendments in Appendix 9. The newversion of the contract and of the appendices are published under the GCU website www.gcubureau.org andin force since 1 st of January 2013The GCU JC discussed also ways to improveoverall efficiency and communication flows.In this sense, an ad-hoc working groupis expected to be set-up and to reviewAppendix 8. Furthermore, the impacts ofthe introduction of the ECM regulation445/2011/EU and the requirements fromthe certification process were intenselydiscussed.<strong>UIP</strong> internal GCU working groupMeeting DateMeeting Place18.01.12 Hilversum18.04.12 Prague04.09.12 MadridThe <strong>UIP</strong> internal GCU Working Group (WG) aimed primarily at providing a common position on the GCU proposalsfor amendments raised by the two technical working groups of UIC dealing with Appendices 9, 10 and 11. Forthis purpose, representatives of this group participated in many different meetings of the UIC working groups.The WG serves further as a discussion platform for GCU interpretations, questions and the development of newproposals for amendments. All <strong>UIP</strong> members were invited to participate to this WG which is chaired by JohannFeindert and consists of 10 members.In 2012, the <strong>UIP</strong> internal GCU working group was heavily involved in the activities of the UIC in order tocope with the high number of amendments. In parallel, new proposals were submitted by <strong>UIP</strong> concerning theoverruling of GCU provisions by some RUs through General Terms and Conditions (Art. 2.3) and the rewording ofArt. 15.2 on the mileage delivery issue. Due to diverging opinions expressed by delegates from UIC, and in order24

to come to a final decision, further negotiations among the Associations will be necessary on those topics in 2013.Further amendments linked to the use of the GCU languages for the exchange of information between thesignatories (Art. 34) or the indexation of the coefficients for the loss of use of a wagon (Appendix 6) are still underdiscussions.UIC working group meetings with <strong>UIP</strong> participationMeeting Date Meeting Place UIC Working Group21/22.02.12 Paris Appendix 9/1101/02.02.12 Dresden Appendix 1002/03.05.12 Prague Appendix 9/1115/16.05.12 Brussels Appendix 1026/27.09.12 Luxembourg Appendix 1009/10.10.12 Brussels Appendix 9/1128/29.11.12 St. Quentin Appendix 10In 2006, when the GCU was first enforced, there were 436 signatories. In 2008, their number increased to 586.In November 2012, their number reached 621. The amendment of the GCU as a mean to ensure moreinteroperability and efficiency in a liberalised European railway market will continue to require a substantial amountof resources and cooperation efforts in 2013 in order to improve the content and ensure proper applicationIV. Internal Affairs 2012national associations committeeMeeting Date Meeting Place Chairman:29.03.12 Budapest Dr. Holger Segerer, <strong>UIP</strong>Secretary General04.07.12 Cologne27.11.12 ViennaIn 2012, the National Associations Committee proposed a 2-step approach to adapt <strong>UIP</strong>’s fees structure inorder to help and encourage smaller Associations. The first step was adopted by the General Assembly on20 th June 2012.Besides the proposal for a new membership fee scheme, the Committee worked also on the development ofa joint strategy for lobbying the national Ministries of Transport and collected useful information on the relevantpersons, background and positions at national level.25

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V. Financial figures 2012ResultsReceipts2011€2012€1. Membership fees 636’974 664’9582. Other receipts - -3. Interest received 285 2’0304. Extraordinary income - 2’370Total 637’259 669’357ExpenditureBrussels’ Secretariat 539’035 623’514Total 539’035 619’114Result for the financial year 98’224 45’844Balance sheetAssetsAvailable assets1. Bank 299’544.77 314’185.412011€2012€V. Financial Figures 20122. Cash 192.03 729.383. Interest, claims - -4. Financial assets 23’270.16 23’499.255. Fixed assets 14’359.28 3’144.48Other assets 552’101.50 36’872 *Total 889’467.74 378’430.52Liabilities1. Capital 112’567.98 112’567.982. Result brought forward 130’126.66 175’970.523. Debts 646’773.10 89’892.02 *Total 889’467.74 378’430.52Result for the financial year 98’224.19 45’843.86* reduction due to the transfer of debts and assets to RSRD 2 asbl31.12.2012Philippe BOUCHETEILTreasurer<strong>UIP</strong>’s financial figures have been examined by the Auditors but are still subject to formal approval by theGeneral Assembly27

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VI. Appendix<strong>UIP</strong> Members 2012CountryLogoName ofAssociationAbb. Representatives HomepageNumberofWagonsAustriaVerband derPrivatgüterwagen-InteressentenVPIJohann FEINDERTFrank PETUTSCHNIGhttp://www.vpirail.at 7 124BelgiumBelgian WagonAssociationBeWagVincent BOURGOISStephan ALBERThttp://www.bewag.be 4 907CzechRepublicSdruzení ˇ drzitelu ˇ ˚ aprovozovatelu ˚ˇzeleznicních ˇ vozu˚SPV Michal POKORNY http://www.sdruzeni-spv.cz 3 979FranceAssociationFrançaise desWagons deParticuliersAFWP Philippe BOUCHETEIL http://www.afwp.asso.fr 39 976GermanyGreat BritainHungaryVereinigung derPrivatgüterwagen-InteressentenPrivate WagonFederation Intl. SectionMagyar VasútiMagánkocsiSzövetségVPIMalte LAWRENZJürgen TUSCHER http://www.vpihamburg.de 62 566PWF Robert BROOK 3 619MVMSZGábor TURICsaba SZABO http://www.mvmsz.hu 1 097VI. AppendixItalyAssociazioneOperatori Ferroviarie IntermodaliASSOFERR Mauro PACELLA http://www.assoferr.org 2 183NetherlandsNederlandseVereniging ParticuliereGoederenwagensNVPGDon VAN RIELRené HARKEMA 2 322Poland Wagony Prywatne SWPAdam BUTRYNAdam LESZCZYNSKI7 617SlovakRepublicZdruzenle vlastníkova prevádzkovatel’ovsúkromnychkol’ajovych vozidielZVKV Jaroslav MIKLANEK 4 689SpainAsociacion dePropietarios yOperadores deVagones de EspanaFAPROVELuis DEL CAMPOPablo MANRIQUEhttp://www.faprove.es 5 194SwedenSvenskaPrivatvagnföreningenSPFStaffan RITTGARDPer-Anders BENTHINhttp://www.privatvagnar.com2 828SwitzerlandVerladerAnschlussgleisePrivatgüterwagenVAP Frank FURRER http://www.cargorail.ch 28 44129

abbreviations & AcronymsAPISAPLCBCEFCEFICCENCEOCERCITCOTIFCRCSMCSTAutorisation for Placing In Service(Interop directive 2008/57)Average number of axles per unit lengthCertification BodyConnecting Europe FacilityEuropean Chemical Industry CouncilEuropean Committee for StandardizationChief Executive OfficerCommunity of European Railway andInfrastructure CompaniesInternational Rail Transport CommitteeConvention concerning InternationalCarriage by RailConventional RailCommon Safety MethodsCommon Safety TargetsDG Move Directorate-General for Mobilityand TransportEC European CommissionECM Entity in Charge of MaintenanceEIM European association of indepent railInfrastructure ManagersEP European ParliamentERA European Railway AgencyERATV European Register of Authorisedtypes of VehiclesERFA European Rail Freight AssociationERRAC European Rail Reserach Advisory CouncilERTMS European Rail Trafficmanagement SystemERVID European Rail Vehicle InformationDatabaseESC European Shippers CouncilESG Economic Survey GroupEU European UnionEVIC European Visual Inspection CatalogueFP7 Seventh Framework ProgrammeGCU General Contract of Use for WagonsGRB Group of Representative BodiesIM Infrastructure ManagerIP Innovation ProgrammeISAB Independent Safety Assessment BodyITRE Industry, Research and Energy Committeof European ParliamentJNS Joint Network Secretariat (ERA)JPCR Joint Programming Committee Rail (CEN)JSGJTIJULLMoUMSNB-RailNDTNDTACNIBNoBoNRBNSANVROTIFPEGPISRailDataRBRFERIDRISCJoint Sector GroupJoint Technology InitiativeJoint UndertakingLow-low brake blockMemorandum of UnderstandingMember StateAssociation of Notified Bodies (NoBo)Non Destructive TestNoise Differentiated Track Access ChargesNational Investigation BodyNotified BodyNetwork of Representative BodiesNational Safety AuthorityNational Vehicle RegisterIntergovernmental Organisation forInternational Carriage by RailPermanent Experts GroupPutting wagons In ServiceInternational Freight - Informationsystems (UIC)Recognised BodyRail Forum EuropeInternational Rule for Transport ofDangerous Substances by RailwayRailway Interoperability andsafety CommitteeRIV Regolamento Internazionale Veicoli -règlement International pour l’Utilisationdes WagonsRMMS Rail Market Monitoring SystemRSRD Rolling Stock Reference DatabaseRU Railway UndertakingTAF Telematic Application for FreightTEN Trans European NetworkTF Task ForceTID Technology Innovation DriverTRAN Transport and Tourism Committee ofeuropean ParliamentTSI Technical Specification forInteroperabilityUIC Union Internationale des Chemins de FerUNECE United Nations EconomicCommission for EuropeUNIFE Union of the European Rail IndustryUTP Uniform Technical Prescriptions (OTIF)VKM Vehicle Keeper Marking30

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