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From the old to the new Secretary General
Another year is drawing to a close! The acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic ended in time to coincide with the Berner Tage 2022 in June this year - yet we cannot talk of a return to normal. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the geopolitical tensions arising as a result have also hampered CIT in its work, such as our efforts to improve framework conditions for Eurasian passenger and freight transport. There has also been plenty of good news, this year, though: the Executive Committee was able to find an able candidate to succeed me as Secretary-General. In the passenger sector, the revised Passenger Rights Regulation was successfully transposed into the CIT products in a timely manner and to a high level of quality. Major progress was made on the Agreement on Journey Continuation (AJC). Much was accomplished on digitalising carriage documents. Another step was made towards harmonising the contract for the use of infrastructure. We have a new Manual on Data Protection in the rail sector. Just to name a few successes!
Work continues, though, and the General Assembly on 17 November 2022 set us a demanding programme of work for 2023.
We look forward to another busy year in 2023 and will continue to do all we can to support our members, especially in these trying times, thus helping their companies achieve commercial success!
I hope all our readers remain in good health meanwhile, and wish you all season’s greetings!
Rail transport law and policy
CIT speaks at UIC Freight Month
The International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) was very pleased to take part in the Freight Month organised by UIC - International Union of Railways.
In focus: the CIT Agreement on Journey Continuation
Initiatives at European level such as the Commission’s Action Plan to boost international passenger rail transport and the Multimodal Digital Mobility Services Regulation (MDMS) put pressure on the railway sector to further support passengers in case they miss a train because a previous one in the travel chain was delayed or cancelled.
CIV Working Group defines its focus for 2023
56th meeting of the CIV Working Group addresses ticketing challenges
Amendments to the Manual for International Rail Tickets, CIT’s information leaflet on through-tickets and developments in TAP TSI revision were some of the ticketing-related highlights of the last CIV Working Group on 16 November 2022, which was chaired by Oliver Hirschfeld (DB).
33rd meeting of the CIM Working Group
The 33rd meeting of the CIM WG was held as a hybrid meeting and was chaired by Cristian Cuenca (DB Cargo) at CIT headquarters in Bern. The meeting prepared important workstream outputs for endorsement by the CIM Committee in March 2023.
Committed to using electronic seals in international carriage by rail