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									EIA Info newsletter                                                                                                       1/2008




Lobbying I: EU Consultation on measures for a 'rail network giving priority to freight’ .... 2
Lobbying II: Consultation on EU programme Marco Polo II ................................................. 2
Lobbying III: EIA pushes further for Cargo Rail Express and signs a Memorandum of
Interest with the French initiative Roissy Carex .................................................................... 2
Lobbying IV: EIA signs in in new EU Register for lobbyists ................................................... 3
EIA’s European projects: European Intermodal Research Advisory Council (EIRAC)
relaunched ............................................................................................................................... 3
EIA’s European projects: Kick-off Tellibox.............................................................................. 4
EIA’s European projects: Kick-off EWITA ............................................................................... 4
EIA Events: GMC and EIA successfully organize conference in Catania/Italy...................... 4
Upcoming EIA events: Italian Intermodal Days 2008............................................................ 5
EIA’s European Intermodal Award: The application form for winning the Award 2008 is
now available ........................................................................................................................... 5
EIA staff: Simona Tomarchio joins the EIA............................................................................. 5
EIA staff: Alexander Renz gains Master from the Institute of Transport and Maritime
Management in Antwerp (ITMMA)........................................................................................ 5




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Lobbying I: EU Consultation on measures for a 'rail network giving priority
to freight’
The Commission considers it necessary to improve the existing situation/practices in the
rail sector by establishing a better coordination between infrastructure managers and
Member States as far as the management of the infrastructures and the ancillary
services are concerned, as well as the principle of priority given to freight. To achieve
this, it is considered that a corridor approach, which first targets certain strategic
international axes, by implementing measures to improve operations, capacity,
transparency of the information and non- discriminatory access should be pursued. The
questionnaire on this consultation includes possible measures which could be
incorporated into strengthened legislation at European level.
EIA strongly encourages its members to contribute their ideas, either by filling in the
questionnaire          on           the          DG          TREN           homepage
(http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=freight) or by sending us
comments before August 1st. In the latter case, we will include our members’ remarks
in a common position that we will submit to the European Commission.

Lobbying II: Consultation on EU programme Marco Polo II
Following a call by the EU on improving the modal shift Marco Polo programme, EIA
advised the Commission on a certain amounts of topics. Amongst other ideas, EIA
advised to include not only the goods but also the loading units (e.g. container or swap
body) in the calculation of modal shift, so that empty container repositioning can also
benefit from modal shift actions. It also advised the Commission that applications by
single undertakings should also be able to be submitted, and that thresholds for modal
shift in terms of tkm should be lowered to allow smaller undertakings to participate.
Finally EIA proposed that award and management procedures related to Marco Polo
should be simplified, and more importantly shortened.
The call for ideas to improve Marco Polo in the form of a consultation had become
necessary as the programme is not attracting enough good project proposals and the
projects selected are not delivering sufficient results.

Lobbying III: EIA pushes further
for Cargo Rail Express and signs a
Memorandum of Interest with
the French initiative Roissy Carex
On July 8th, EIA signed a Memorandum
of Interest with the Roissy CAREX
initiative to work together towards an         From left: Klaus Ebeling (Secretary General EIA),
                                               Livio Ambrogio (President EIA), Yanick Paternotte
intermodal night express train network         (President Eurocarex AISBL en formation), Vincent
that will link the airports of Paris-Roissy,   Gernay (Conseiller en Communication de Liege
                                               Airport on behalf of Jean Pierre Grafé (Vice
                                               President Eurocarex AISBL en formation))


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London, Liège, Cologne, Amsterdam and Lyon in 2012 (Bordeaux, Marseilles, Strasbourg
and Frankfurt in 2015). The idea of such a network, based on purpose built high speed
freight trains has gathered more and more interest lately due to rising oil prices, night
bans on airports and climate change.
EIA had already launched an initiative back in 2006 together with airports, airlines and
integrators to form a Rail Express Group (REX) to ensure interoperability of air/rail cargo
intermodality in the future. But at the time the European Commission decided against
giving its support arguing that there were no foreseeable commercial prospects for the
venture. This changed with the Roissy CAREX initiative.
Both activities – REX and Roissy CAREX – work in the same area: new air / rail
intermodal structures, but with different objectives. REX concentrates on more general
aspects such as interoperability, security and standards etc., whereas the CAREX project
envisages the creation of a European high speed cargo service connected to airport
hubs and provision of the necessary equipment in the interest of member states or
regions suited to this kind of service. An envisaged future entity EUROCAREX will also
handle the political lobbying for this service and could also take action to ensure the
feasibility of the service (e.g. mobilisation of European funds) and to develop its
utilisation.

Lobbying IV: EIA signs in in new EU register for lobbyists
On June 23rd, the European Commission launched a voluntary register for lobbyists
seeking to influence its policymaking. The register aimed at creating more transparency
is open for registration and is accessible to the general public for consultation. EIA was
one of the first to register. The register is accessible on the internet:
http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regrin.

EIA’s European projects: European
Intermodal Research Advisory Council
(EIRAC) relaunched

The EU-funded project EIRAC was officially re-launched as EIRAC II on June 1st, 2008.
The EIRAC I project from 2005 until 2007 had achieved amongst other things a Strategic
Intermodal Research Agenda providing an overview of innovation needed in intermodal
transport until 2020 and an implementation plan describing the European intermodal
industry‘s programme for innovation and change, to meet the freight transport
challenges of the future. Both documents shall be updated during the project lifetime. In
addition, EIRAC II aims at stimulating the main public stakeholders and market players in
the intermodal and logistics sector to invest into research, thus strengthening the
potential of research results to be endorsed and used by the market. EIRAC II also looks
to stimulate the implementation of indications contained in the EIRAC Implementation




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Plan into national programmes of research, including the identification of needs for
breakthrough technologies. For more information see www.eirac.eu.

EIA’s European projects: Kick-off Tellibox
The EU-funded project Intelligent MegaSwapBoxes
for Advanced Intermodal Freight Transport
(“TelliBox”) was officially launched during its kick-off meeting in Brussels on 17th April,
2008. After a three year project the consortium’s aim is to offer to the market an
effective ‘trimodal’ (road, rail, waterborne) swapbody called ‘MegaSwapBox’ capable to
increase the intermodal transport efficiency by combining the advantages and
characteristics of both containers and swapbodies all in one box.
The whole Press Release is available on the EIA website www.intermodaltransport.org.
The Tellibox website is www.tellibox.eu.

EIA’s European projects: Kick-off EWITA
The EU-funded project “European Web Platforms and
Training Concepts for Intermodal Inland Waterway
TrAnsport” (EWITA) was officially launched during a kick-off meeting in Brussels on 9
July 2008.
EWITA (European Web Platforms and Training Concepts for Intermodal Inland
Waterway Transport) will provide up-to-date training concepts and state-of-the-art e-
learning web platforms for intermodal IWT in Europe. EWITA is a follow-up on eWIT
(Web-based Intermodal Inland Waterway Transport Training for Europe), funded under
Marco Polo I, whose main results were a European Concept for intermodal IWT training
in Europe and an Inland Navigation eLearning System (INeS) for the Danube region
based on the Concept. Within EWITA, the European Concept will be substantially
updated and extended with respect to learning levels, content, tools and languages:
INeS will be adapted accordingly and an additional e-learning platform for the Rhine-
Maas-Schelde corridor will be created. Both platforms will be available in several
languages.

EIA Events: GMC and EIA
successfully organize conference
in Catania/Italy
GMC and EIA joined forces to achieve a
successful conference entitled ‘Logistic:
what is this?’ held the 14th June in
Catania (Italy). The EIA Secretary
General, Mr Klaus Ebeling, took part as a
speaker with a speech on ‘European
                                             From left : Klaus Ebeling, Osvaldo Bagnasco
                                             Carmelita Schillaci, Giuseppe Campione, Franco
                                             Castagnetti, Pino Bulla.
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Intermodal transport challenges’, initiating the customary privileged relationship EIA
maintains with its members.
GMC, in fact, joined the European Intermodal Association in 2008 and had already the
chance to present the company to the EIA General Assembly in Valencia (5th March
2008).
GMC works in the integrated and multi-functional logistics field since 1993. The group
comprises four companies: GMC International Trade S.p.A., GCS-Global City Service, LSI-
Logistica e Servizi Intermodali, Sicilian Railway Company, each of which carries out
different activities in logistics.

Upcoming EIA events: Italian Intermodal Days 2008
The 5th round table edition of the Italian Intermodal Days is taking place on the 10th
October in the prestigious ICE (Italian Institute for Foreign Trade) premises situated in
the EUR quarter of Rome. The event will gather together European and Italian policy
makers and stakeholders of the intermodal transport sector, providing many networking
opportunities.
Further information on the program, venue and registration form are available on EIA
website www.eia-ngo.com. You may also contact simona.tomarchio@eia-ngo.com.

EIA’s European Intermodal Award: The application form for winning the
Award 2008 is now available
The application form for winning the Intermodal Award 2008 is now available on the EIA
website www.intermodaltransport.org in the Award section.

EIA staff: Simona Tomarchio joins the EIA
Italian born Simona Tomarchio joined the EIA in April 2008. With a
masters degree in Economics and Business Administration but also
in Project Management, she will assist the EIA especially in the
management of EU projects.
She speaks Italian, English, Spanish and is currently working on
improving her French in order to provide the best possible service
for EIA members throughout Europe. She was formerly involved in a research project on
the Dutch logistic transport sector for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Italian
Embassy to The Hague, in collaboration with ICE Amsterdam (Italian Institute of Foreign
Trade).

EIA staff: Alexander Renz gains Master from the Institute of Transport and
Maritime Management in Antwerp (ITMMA)
On June 5th, EIA’s Alexander Renz was awarded the Master of Science in Transport and
Maritime Management from the ITMMA in Antwerp. Mr Renz had reduced his working


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time at EIA for eight months to gain a deeper knowledge in the transport and logistics
field to receive his Master with “Great Distinction”. He was also awarded the Ahlers
Award 2008 for the best thesis in the field of logistics with the title “The Greening of the
Supply Chain: Hype or Reality?”. The additional expertise gained shall now benefit the
EIA and its members.




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The European Intermodal Association is the only European association open to all transport modes: rail,
road, waterborne, air. Its aim is to improve the co-operation of the different modes of transport as the
logistics' chain still has lots of shortcomings in infrastructural, technical, organisational and legal respect.
Therefore, this neutral organisation with more than 90 members is suitably qualified to discuss
controversial subjects and to propose well balanced solutions in line with and to improve the EU transport
policy. In this sense EIA offers its services to the EU Institutions in order to help them shape the
appropriate measures.




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