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"The journey to the future is a European railway open to all" EIM launches Annual Report at European Railway Award 2010


08 Feb 2010



Brussels: The association of European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) used the occasion of the
European Railway Award 2010 to present its newly published 2009 Annual Report to an audience of
leading figures from the rail industry and European politics, including European Transport
Commissioner Antonio Tajani.


The annual report outlines the achievements the association has made over the past year, while
working to promote the interests of Europe’s rail infrastructure managers in the face of the economic
crisis and the climate challenge. In addition, the report attempts to put a spotlight on employees of
member companies – the people who are essential to the efficient running of the railway network.
Making use of pictures and quotes, the report illustrates the daily work of infrastructure managers.


Michael Robson, EIM Secretary General, said, “As this Annual Report
shows, 2009 was a year of change for EIM, with the European elections
bringing in an influx of new blood to the European Parliament and the
establishment of a new European Commission while the adoption of the
Lisbon treaty will change the way decisions are taken in Europe. At the
same time, EIM itself has undergone a process of change, particularly in
regards to our relations with the other rail sector organisations.”


The annual report also outlines the main challenges that EIM will face in
2010. Building up a relationship with the new European Commission
while pushing for action on measures such as the recast of the First
Railway Package and the Future of Transport will be key tasks. In
addition, there will be a shift in the focus of EIM with more effort being
put into helping its members deliver better customer service through a wide range of activities
including the creation of a network to share best practice becoming an important pillar of the
association. “If 2009 was a year of changes, 2010 will be the year in which we work to take advantage
of these changes to improve our working methods, build new relationships with our partners in industry
and politics and to push forward with the realisation of our vision of an open, sustainable, customer
focussed and efficient rail network for Europe,” Michael Robson said.


An electronic copy of the EIM 2009 Annual Report is available from the EIM website at:


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