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Welcome to the newsletter of the European Rail Congress, a two day industry Summit and annual Rail Awards ceremony. Our monthly newsletters will keep you informed with everything you need to know about the Event. They will also include insightful commentary and analysis on topical issues from key players across the European rail market.


Having received over 300 entries for the first ever European Rail Congress Awards, the judges have made their decision on the final short-lists for the 19 award categories for 2013.

Brian Simpson MEP, Chair of the Judging Panel, said:

"We know that the European rail sector has an excellent standing across the globe, and so the high standard of the submissions we received did not come as a surprise. However, it has made mine and my fellow judges' jobs very difficult! Competition for a place on the short-list even for these inaugural Awards has been fierce.

I am pleased that countries from right across Europe have participated in these Awards and that evidence of best practice from both small and larger countries from the West of Europe across to the East, receive the opportunity for recognition of their efforts and innovation."

The full short-list is available for download here.

The winners will be announced at an Awards Dinner on the evening of 12 November as part of the two-day European Rail Congress taking place across 12 and 13 November in London. European Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas will be providing the keynote address on the night.

Europe's railways provide efficient, high quality and safe connectivity; reduce Europe's emission of greenhouse gases; boost jobs and economic growth; and facilitate European competitiveness. The European rail sector is considered the world leader, employing around 800,000 people, generating a turnover of €73bn and growth expected to reach 2.7% each year for the next five years.

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The 60th edition of UITP's biennial World Congress & Exhibition in Geneva (26-30 May) was a great success for the Association and really highlighted for me the increasingly worldwide movement to provide both more and better quality public transport.

The event was an opportunity for the entire public transport and sustainable mobility sector to come together and issue some strong messages in harsh times and in a very international context. We had the pleasure of welcoming 2,097 delegates who came from more than 78 countries to learn from each other and share innovative solutions that will help transform urban mobility in the years to come. It was particularly heartening for me to note that this was a 34% increase compared to the 2011 edition of our event, which was held in Dubai. We also welcomed over 25,000 visitors to the Mobility & City Transport Exhibition, in which 326 exhibitors presented the latest technologies in all aspects of public transport innovation, including several world exclusives.

In Geneva, we also took the opportunity to launch the worldwide 'Grow with Public Transport' campaign. We are encouraging UITP members all around the world to display the same 'Grow with Public Transport' message (on trams, buses, metro stations, websites...) at the same time to show that there is a united world movement to make cities better places to work and live. We received 240 applications from over 40 countries for the first Grow with Public Transport Awards in Geneva, which recognised excellence in the field of innovative solutions to help boost public transport, illustrated the momentum that already exists behind the movement. 7million new jobs in public transport operating companies could be created globally if PT market share is doubled by 2025.

I can say that it's an exciting time to be involved in sustainable mobility.

Alain Flausch, Secretary General of the International, Association of Public Transport (UITP)


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