Gestern hat ein breites Bündnis von Verkehrsminister*innen, EU-Abgeordneten, Industrieverbänden und NGOs die EU-Kommission per Brief aufgefordert, eine europäische Nachtzugstrategie auszuarbeiten.
In dem Brief fordern wir insbesondere:
Der Brief im Wortlaut:
Urgent Demand for a European Night Train Strategy
Dear President Von der Leyen, dear Executive Vice-President Šefčovič, dear Commissioner Vălean,
We, the undersigned ministers, members of Parliament, civil society organisations, and industry groups call on you to act upon the recent renaissance of night trains and present a European strategy for developing a comprehensive night train network.
Night trains are experiencing a revival throughout Europe, driven by popular demand for a climate-friendly alternative travel option. People are rediscovering night trains as a comfortable way of travelling throughout Europe, both for business trips and vacations. There is a strong public demand for a European night train network as seven out of ten Europeans would consider shifting to traveling by night train.
European institutions are increasingly recognizing the potential of night trains, for example in the Parliament’s own-initiative report on the rail action plan as well as the Commission’s ten pilot projects to boost cross-border rail. However, the comeback of night trains is severely hampered by high track access charges, the financial risks of investing in night train rolling stock, technical barriers between Member States, no proper coordination of timetables between Member States, no long-term security of track access in the form of framework agreements, and the lack of comprehensive booking platforms. We therefore urge you to present a European night train strategy in order to:
In taking these measures, we can bring back night trains in our Union, boost sustainable tourism, generate employment opportunities, strengthen our European rail industry, and provide a climate-friendly alternative travel option. A comprehensive European night train network will achieve substantial benefits for European citizens and will strengthen our European values and unity by bringing Europeans closer together.
We ask the Commission President, the Executive Vice-President of the Green Deal and the Commissioner of Transport to show leadership in efforts to realise a greener, more interconnected Europe through a comprehensive European night train network.
Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria
Georges Gilkinet, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mobility, Belgium
Francois Bausch, Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Luxembourg
Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg, MEP, Greens/EFA, Member of TRAN Committee
Karima Delli, MEP, Greens/EFA, Chair of TRAN Committee
Jan-Christoph Oetjen, MEP, Renew, Vice-Chair of TRAN Committee
Barbara Thaler, MEP, EPP, Member of TRAN Committee
Thomas Rudner, MEP, S&D, Member of TRAN Committee
Dominique Riquet, MEP, Renew (Vice-Chair), Member of TRAN Committee
Ciaran Cuffe, MEP, Greens/EFA, Member of TRAN Committee
Tilly Metz, MEP, Greens/EFA, Member of TRAN Committee
Jakop Dalunde, MEP, Greens/EFA, Member of TRAN Committee
T&E (European Federation for Transport and Environment)
BT4Europe (European Network of Business Travel Associations)
Allrail (Alliance of Passenger Rail New Entrants in Europe)
CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies)
UNIFE (European Rail Supply Industry Association)