20 September 2021 | 4 minutes.

All aboard! 2021 is the European Year of Rail

Adina Valean
EU Commissioner for Transport

Adina Valean, EU Commissioner for Transport

Let’s go behind the scenes of the European Year of Rail and see what’s been going on.

March 2020 will be remembered for many reasons in Europe, but it was also the date that I tabled a proposal to make 2021 the European Year of Rail. A lot has changed since then, and as I write, we are in month nine of the initiative. This seems a good time to take stock!

Let’s start at the beginning: by putting the spotlight on rail, we wanted to highlight the crucial role it plays for us all, and its many benefits. Rail is one of the most sustainable and safest transport modes, and it has a strong European dimension – connecting people and businesses.

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