The ALE delegation brought together Juan Jesús Garcia Fraile (ALE President), Leszek Mietek (ALE Vice president), Vincenzo Multari (representing Pietro Serbassi, ALE Vice president), and Santiago Pino Jiménez (Head of the ALE secretariat).
From the side of CESI, the delegation was complemented by CESI Secretay general Klaus Heeger and Kirsten Lühmann, President of CESI’s internal Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Commission.
A first series of meetings were held with MEP Michael Cramer (Chair of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee), MEP Marian J. Marinescu (EPP group transport policy vice-coordinator), and MEP Ismael Ertug (S&D group transport policy coordinator).
A further meeting followed with key representatives from the European Commission and the European Railway Agency (ERA).
The ALE’s visit to CESI was concluded by meetings with Julia Lamb (Secretary general of the European Rail Freight Association, ERFA) and Libor Lochman and Ester Caldana (Executive director and advisor respectively at the Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies, CER).
The ALE/CESI delegation took the opportunity of the meetings to raise challenges they see themselves confronted especially in matters of the social dimension and the governance of railway policy at the EU-level. In this context, meetings addressed, most notably, aspects related to:
• The implementation of the technical pillar and the negotiations on the political pillar of the Fourth railway package;
• The European Train Control System (ETCS);
• Train driving licences;
• Working time for train drivers; and
• The involvement of the ALE in EU-level political deliberation processes.