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32 European rail companies support Ukraine’s railway reconstruction

Thirty two European rail companies and organisations have signed a declaration to support the reconstruction of railways in Ukraine. The declaration has been sent to the leaders of the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission, hoping the proposals will now find top-level EU support to ensure they can be realised.

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The declaration was concluded on 9 July at the Rail CEO Summit 2022 held in Vienna, but it has continued to attract signatories since then. To date, it has been signed by 32 railway companies and rail associations and has now been shared with EU leaders for their support in a letter addressed to them by ÖBB CEO and CER Chair, Andreas Matthä, who hosted the CEO Summit 2022.

The joint declaration sends a clear signal of the European rail sector’s solidarity and belief in common European values. Rail CEOs wanted to clearly state the importance of the Ukrainian rail infrastructure as the backbone of the humanitarian corridor for displaced people and aid supplies such as food and medical products.

This is just one reason why the European railways want to continue to show support and solidarity with Ukrainian Railways and work together to rebuild the railways and their infrastructure after the end of the war. The railways want to contribute to this with urgently needed materials but also with technical know-how.

In addition, European railways are united in appealing to the EU to establish a “Rebuild Ukraine” fund where funds are made available quickly and unbureaucratically, specifically for the railways and rail infrastructure in Ukraine. After all, a functioning European rail network is essential for a functioning European economy.

“I am glad that we can now present this declaration to the EU leaders. I am proud that 32 companies and organisations have signed the declaration and have sent such a strong signal. I hope that our proposals will now find top-level EU support. Our Ukrainian Railway colleagues work every day under unimaginable conditions and risk their lives, they count upon our fullest support and solidarity,” said Andreas Matthä, CER Chair and CEO of Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB.