The future role of international night trains across Europe

The Back-on-track network is going to meet members of European Parliament, their assistants and representatives from the European NGO’s in the transport- and environment business on Tuesday 9.th of May.

The meeting will be a kind of orientation and brainstorm. And will be a point of departure for a wider conference in autumn.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 9.5. in meeting room ASP 5G305 (30 seats) from 10.30 – 12.00, after which things will go more informal.

Agenda

10 .30    Welcome. MEP Lucy Andersson will open the meeting . Short presentation of the Back on Track network and the current situation with night trains and international trains.
10.45    Proposals and files already in the European Parliament, a brief look at the commissioners statements
11.00    A new start for international trains: Initiatives in the pipeline by participants.
11.30    Next step in our cooperation- legislation, bigger conference. MEP Jakob Dalunde will close the meeting.
12.00    Informal meetings
12.30    Lunch
14.00    Possible visit at the railway museum in Brussels.

We invite activists via the Back-on-Track mail-list and others who get the invitation. We are drawing the list of participants.

Message from the Back-on-Track coalition/network to this meeting:

A better future for climate friendly trains in Europe, day and night

There is a discrepancy between the wishes for a decarbonized transport sector in Europe and the real situation on the ground.

Like the polar bear is a symbol for threatened species exposed by the warming climate is the closures of night trains a symbol on a transport sector, where the most thing are going in the wrong direction related to the climate challenge.

Back-on-track.eu is an informal network of activists around Europe, established when German night trains started the last wave of closures late 2014, resulting in a complete stop of DB night trains in December 2016. Back-on-track has worked rather activist based, but time is ready to enter the European political stage. We need your support to establish a forum for debate and planning on issues related to the poor situation for long distance railways in Europe. Themes could be like this:

Subsidies: To which extend are infrastructure owners ready to allow night trains use the tracks to a very low track access rate? And are governments ready to pay direct subsidies to international night trains? What kind of obstacles are there in place?

Fair and equal taxation of fuel, infrastructure and VAT around in Europe: How can we allow that airplanes are (indirectly) supported without fuel taxes, with very low infrastructure prices and no VAT, when they are so much the worst contributor to climate warming? And on the same time to have railways to pay full price on everything, when railways are the most promising answer to a climate friendly transport in Europe, also over longer distances?