TEN-T Days 2016

European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, in cooperation with the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen, invites Ministers, Members of the European Parliament and key stakeholders to Rotterdam to discuss the development of the Trans-European Transport Network, with a special focus on the Core Network Corridors, ERTMS and Motorways of the Sea (MoS), their implementation and financing.
This year, the TEN-T Days 2016 features a dedicated "Investors Conference" on how to boost funding and financing in transport infrastructure. The "Investors Conference" will target investors, project promoters, Member State representatives, European Coordinators and the EIB in a number of interactive working sessions in order to give practical advice on how to successfully use the opportunities offered by the Investment Plan for Europe as well as the Connecting Europe Facility.

The programme

RFC Conference

The Netherlands takes the opportunity of their Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2016 to co-organize with the European Commission a Business conference on Rail Freight Corridors and the development of rail freight in Europe, in the margins of the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam.

Representatives from the sector, international rail organisations and Member States are actively involved in the preparation of this international conference.

The conference will take place on 21 June 2016, from 10.00-17.00. The Dutch Secretary of State of Infrastructure and Environment will open the conference, which will be organized around thematic workshops and two plenary sessions, with active involvement of relevant stakeholders.

Both government and business sector representatives are welcome to participate.

All nine Rail Freight Corridors are operational. They should now enter into a new and permanent phase characterized by an ambitious and continuous development in terms of standards, capacity and service quality. In this respect, there is need for a renewed dynamism. Taking stock of the significant progress made so far, the conference will be an opportunity to identify quick wins which can be achieved through the active involvement of all the relevant stakeholders and to discuss how to improve the processes in order to make the rail freight corridors realise their full potential to support and develop European rail freight.

The side event addresses the mid to long term strategy for rail freight and the Rail Freight Corridors. Moreover, broader issues linked to the daily work of the rail freight corridors, such as capacity allocation, railway noise, the logistic supply chain, operational efficiency, governance, and innovation will be on the agenda. The conference will also focus on the exchange of best practice in order to create a true network of corridors.

This event fits well into the timing foreseen by the European Commission for its evaluation of Regulation 913/2010/EU concerning a European Rail Network for competitive freight, which establishes the rail freight corridors. Hence, the outcome of the conference will feed into the European Commission's work.

The exhibition

The TEN-T Days Exhibition will feature an indoor showcase of over 100 different TEN-T, CEF, H2020 and Shift-to-Rail projects and initiatives, all contributing to European transport research and infrastructure. An outdoor display featuring innovative hardware will also provide you with the opportunity to test and drive electric, hydrogen and natural gas vehicles.

We already have over 50 exhibitors confirmed, the list is available here. Participation in the exhibition is limited to beneficiaries of EU funds. If you are managing a project falling under this category, please contact Francesco Falco (francesco.falco@ec.europa.eu).

Thanks to EU funding, European transport infrastructure is being transformed from a patchwork into a network, connecting European citizens and bringing a wealth of benefits to the EU as a whole. At the TEN-T Days Exhibition in Riga, you'll be able to learn more about 40 different TEN-T projects and initiatives and meet the people helping to make them happen. A full list of exhibitors will follow soon. Those organisations already confirmed for the indoor exhibition include:

  • TENtec Information System
  • Innovation & Networks Executive Agency
  • European Railway Agency
  • European Aviation Safety Agency
  • European Maritime Safety Agency
  • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
  • AIPo - Interregional Agency for Po River
  • Baltic Ports Organization
  • BBT SE
  • Department for Regional Development
  • Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
  • EEIG Corridor Rhine-Alpine
  • EEIG for RFC 6
  • European Cyclists' Federation (ECF)
  • Femern A/S
  • Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works
  • Freeport of Riga/City of Riga
  • GEIE Rail freight corridor 2
  • Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque
  • Hafen Wien / Port of Vienna
  • Hamburg Port Authority
  • Hellenic Lloyd's SA
  • HyER, Hydrogen, fuel cells and Electromobility in European Regions
  • La Spezia Port Authority
  • MONALISA 2.0 project / Swedish Maritime Administration
  • Port Authority of Civitavecchia
  • Port de Barcelona
  • Port of Lisbon
  • Pro Danube Management GmbH
  • Province of Ferrara
  • Rail Freight Corridor North Sea - Baltic
  • Rail Net Denmark
  • RB Rail AS
  • Regione Liguria
  • RFC4 Atlantic / EEIG CFM4
  • Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport
  • Skelleftå Kommun
  • Spliethoff
  • Sweco
  • Swedish Maritime Administration
  • UNIFE-The European Rail Industry Association
  • Valenciaport Foundation
  • Voies Navigables de France
  • Wega Enviro
  • Zero Carbon Futures / Nissan

The outdoor Exhibition will feature a GasLiner (Mobile CNG refuelling concept and modular CNG storage), as well as innovative hydrogen, electric and CNG vehicles  which will allow you the exciting opportunity to ride and drive electric and hydrogen vehicles around Riga's beautiful Esplanade.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Riga TEN-T Days Exhibition!



Conference Venue


The TEN-T Days will take place at the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam. The Van Nelle Factory was designed and built in the 1920s on the banks of a canal in the Spaanse Polder industrial zone north-west of Rotterdam. The site is one of the icons of 20th-century industrial architecture, comprising a complex of factories, with façades consisting essentially of steel and glass, making large-scale use of the curtain wall principle. The Van Nelle Factory is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.




On Tuesday evening, TEN-T Day participants are welcome aboard the legendary SS Rotterdam, the stately “Grand Dame” of the Holland America Line, which overlooks the river Maas and Rotterdam’s remarkable modern skyline. Transportation will be provided to the SS Rotterdam from the Van Nelle Factory as from and back to Rotterdam centre and Blaak.

Latest news

  • List of over 50 exhibitors already confirmed.

  • More than 1,300 participants have already registered for the TEN-T Days 2016. Click here to discover our confirmed speakers.

    Confirmed speakers include:

    - European Investment Bank President Werner Hoyer
    - Port of Rotterdam CEO Allard Castelein
    - European Commission Vice-President in charge of Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič
    - European Commission Vice-President in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen
    - European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn
    - European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism Chair, MEP Michael Cramer

    If you have not yet registered, please do so before June 10! Due to security concerns, on-site registration will not be possible.

  • Contributions for the “TEN-T Corridors: Forefunners of a Forward-looking European Transport System” Plenary Session. The deadline for submitting your abstracts for statements for the plenary session "TEN-T Corridors: Forerunners of a forward-looking European transport system" has been extended to May 31. Click here for more information.

    Contributions for the “TEN-T Corridors: Forefunners of a Forward-looking European Transport System” Plenary Session

    The deadline for submitting your abstracts for statements for the plenary session "TEN-T Corridors: Forerunners of a forward-looking European transport system" has been extended to May 31. Representatives of various areas are strongly encouraged to make use of this opportunity to contribute to this interactive session.

    This session offers the opportunity to selected industrial and public-sector representatives to make concise statements which shall feature genuinely innovative ideas and demonstrate their potential for further policy advancement. Those interested in making such statements (as a general rule not exceeding three minutes) are invited to submit a brief outline to the European Commission by May 31. They should use a standard form which can be requested under the e-mail address: move-ten-t-days@ec.europa.eu. The Commission will then choose statements which are the most-forward looking, and it will organise them to ensure an interactive exchange both within the Plenary and with the Inter-Institutional session which is taking place in parallel.

Practical info

  • About Rotterdam

    With more than 600.000 inhabitants, Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands. Situated on the ‘New Meuse’ River, one of the channels in the North Sea delta formed by the rivers Rhine and Meuse, Rotterdam is considered to be the marine gateway to Western Europe. It hosts Europe's largest sea port and one of the world’s largest harbours, with outstanding accessibility for sea-going vessels and intermodal connections. A huge volume of freight passes through the port to and from the continent.

    Although almost completely destroyed by WWII bombers, central Rotterdam was rebuilt after the war and re-planned with designer homes and skyscrapers using modern architecture. Rebuilding has continued unabated ever since with both ingenuity and vision. Today, the world-famous city is considered a veritable open-air gallery due to the mixed maritime scene of historic buildings and modern design, making it one of the most architecturally interesting cities in Europe.

    Futuristic architecture, inspired local initiatives, proliferation of art and a multi-ethnic community make Rotterdam one of Europe's most exhilarating cities to discover as this year's host for the TEN-T Days 2016.

    Climate : Rotterdam has a temperate climate influenced by the North Sea, which maintains moderate temperatures throughout the year.

    Local time : GMT+1

    Language : Dutch

    Currency : Euro (EUR)

    More information about Rotterdam can be found on :

  • Travel


    BY AIR

    The main airport of the Netherlands is Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, approximately 70km from Rotterdam. Most airlines offer direct flights to this airport. From Schiphol you can take a taxi from outside the airport, or the train to Rotterdam. A taxi costs approximately €100, and the train is approximately €12. Trains leave Schiphol for Rotterdam Central Station four times per hour and travel time is less than an hour. Schiphol train station is located underneath the airport and can be found by following the signs. Remember to buy your train ticket in the station as you will be charged with a fine of €35 plus the fare price if you neglect to do this.

    Instruction video to join Rotterdam Central from Schiphol Airport

    The Netherlands has two smaller international airports, located in Rotterdam and in Eindhoven.

    Rotterdam The Hague Airport is about 15 km from Rotterdam and is easily accessible by public transport with RET bus line 33, stopping outside the terminal for travel to Rotterdam Centraal Station. The airport hosts flights from several major European cities, including London, Berlin, Rome and more. Shuttles will be available from Rotterdam The Hague Airport to the Van Nelle Factory on Monday morning 20 June and to the airport from the Van Nelle Factory on Wednesday afternoon 22 June.

    Eindhoven Airport is approximately 110 km from Rotterdam. Bus line 401 leaves four times per hour to Eindhoven Central Station, which takes about 20 minutes. From here there are rail connections with the rest of the Netherlands.


    If you come from Europe, you may also choose to take the train or bus to Rotterdam, in which case it is possible your train or bus won’t stop at Rotterdam Centraal station. Get off at the station nearest to Rotterdam and catch a local train. You can ask at your local train or bus station for the easiest way to get to Rotterdam by train or bus. Trains are run by NS (Nederlands Spoorwegen), which has a helpful website available in English: www.ns.nl.

    Take the train to Rotterdam Central Station. Then take bus 38 towards Station Schiedam Centrum from the Conradstraat bus station (at the side of the station). Exit the bus at the Beukelsbrug stop on Horvathweg. Take the stairs down, turn left and walk under the rail overpass. Cross to the main entrance of the Van Nelle Factory. Alternatively, take the same bus 38 from Schiedam Centrum towards Rotterdam Central Station and exit the bus at the same stop.

    BY CAR

    If you live close to the Netherlands, you might choose to drive to Rotterdam, which is located in the south-western part of the Netherlands. For routes, please refer to any one of the route-providers on the web such as www.viamichelin.com

    Van Nelle Fabriek B.V. Van Nelleweg 1,
    3044 BC Rotterdam, Netherlands

    If you would like to reserve a parking spot for your car at Van Nelle Factory, please make your request in the registration form where indicated.


  • Hotels

    You can book an hotel with preferential rate via the links below : https://www.preferredreservations.nl/ten-t-days-2016-rotterdam


  • City Excursions

    The City of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam are excited to offer you sightseeing tours of their dynamic city, highlighting the main attractions linked to transport. Please register for the excursions in the registration form where indicated.

    City Sightseeings

    The City of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam are organising side visits, free of charge for the TEN-T Days participants. The visits are organised on Monday morning, Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Participation and timing will be confirmed upon registration at Van Nelle Fabriek.

    By the City of Rotterdam

    1. Rotterdam - City of Architecture
    2. Central Station of Rotterdam
    3. Rotterdam Sustainable Urban Mobility Tour

    Rotterdam - City of Architecture: From the Central Station to the Maas

    Monday 20 June
    10.30 - 12.30

    Wednesday 22 June
    14.00 - 16.00

    Approx 2 hours by foot
    Capacity 20 persons per visit
    Starting point: Central Station

    Rotterdam is a trailblazer where architecture is concerned. The city is internationally well-known for its daring modern buildings. During this visit you will visit some of the Rotterdam architectonic highlights. The visit starts at the Rotterdam Central Station, the Hofbogen, Timmerhuis, the Market Hall and finishes at the Cubic Houses.
    Central Station of Rotterdam

    Wednesday 22 June
    3 tours of 1 hour     
    10.00 – 11.00          
    11.00 – 12.00          
    12.00 – 13.00

    Capacity 20 persons per tour

    The new Rotterdam Central Station is an interchange station of regional and international significance. Since the completion of this architectural icon in 2014 the station handles 110,000 passengers daily, which is as many as Schiphol Airport. The entrance concourse is spacious and has a façade completely made of glass which provides lots of light. The concourse and the 30 metre wide transit area for passengers ensure visitors experience a convenient and modern gateway to the city. 
    The Rotterdam Central station is connected to the European network of high speed trains (HSL). Furthermore Rotterdam Central Station has a connection to the light rail system RandstadRail which goes to The Hague. It is estimated that the number of passengers will increase to 323,000 a day in 2025 . 
    In this tour you will learn more about the development of the Central Station and its surroundings.
    Rotterdam Sustainable Urban Mobility Tour (SUMP Tour)

    Wednesday 22 June afternoon
    Bicycle tour of approx. 2 hours
    14.00 -16.00

    Capacity 45 participants (3 groups) 

    Rotterdam is the Gateway to Europe. A Port City with unprecedented opportunities as well as challenges. The Rotterdam Administration is working towards an innovative, green and accessible Rotterdam. A strong economy, healthy citizens and an attractive residential and living environment are our main goals. These principles are basic to our Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.     
    In this bicycle tour you will learn and see more about the Rotterdam Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

    Port of Rotterdam Excursions

    By the Port of Rotterdam

    1. Boat tour « old » port area
    2. Tour « old » port area & site visit RDM Rotterdam
    3. Futureland Tour
    4. « Rail Tour » Rail Service Center & Kijfhoek
    5. Tour Container Transferium Alblasserdam & Kinderdijk
    6. Where Port And City Meet

    Boat tour « old » port area

    Wednesday 22 June 10:00
    2 hours guided port tour with m.s. “James Cook” through the basins of the Waal/Eemhaven area

    Capacity :
    Minimum participants         :           75      
    Maximum participants        :           250

    Enjoy Rotterdam from the water to have the best impression of the development of the Port.
    Tour « old » port area & site visit RDM Rotterdam

    Monday 20 June 09.30
    Port tour by boat & site visit RDM Campus (2.5 hours)

    Minimum participants         :           25      
    Maximum participants        :           75

    RDM Rotterdam is the innovation showcase of the Rotterdam port area, where applied science is visualized in an attractive way. Right in the center of the port – yet surprisingly close to the city – the former shipyard of the Rotterdam Drydock Company (RDM) accommodates businesses, education and research. Together they are shaping the new manufacturing industry for both the port and city. A variety of business and cultural events complements this and makes for a dynamic and energetic RDM, a place you must see! RDM Rotterdam is an initiative of the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

    Futureland Tour

    Tuesday 21 June 09.30
    Site-visit of 4 hours to Futureland with a presentation followed by a tour + visit to APM Termin

    Minimum participants         :           25
    Maximum participants        :           70

    Information Futureland
    A new part of the Netherlands and a port under construction: this is as close as it gets. Experience for yourself how it feels for the waves, wind and sand to set the stage. FutureLand Information Centre unfolds the experience for you.
    Information APMT

    The container terminal of APM is the world’s first designed to use remote-controlled Ship-to-Shore gantry cranes, with the first four of a planned eight high-speed super post-Panamax cranes now transferring containers onto and off of a fleet of battery–powered Lift-Automated Guided Vehicles, which in turn transport containers to and from storage racks served by Automated Rail Mounted Gantry cranes. The advanced automation and operations increase productivity and safety, while the container handling equipment is sustainably powered by wind-generated electricity, eliminating the noise and harmful emissions associated with conventional diesel engine-powered operations. 
    Officially opened in April with an initial annual capacity of 1.3 million TEUs, APM Terminals Rotterdam Maasvlakte II, was specifically designed to accommodate vessels of over 18,000 TEU capacity, employing a computerized terminal operating system integrated with Equipment Control System for automated vehicles and cranes. Global container throughput, 677 million TEUs worldwide in 2014, is projected to surpass one billion TEUs within seven years, increasingly relying upon Ultra-Large Container Ships of 18,000 TEU capacity and above.
    Where Port And City Meet

    Tuesday 21 June 14.00-16.00
    walking tour of aprox 1,5 hours, capacity 40p (in 2 groups of 20p)

    Merwe-Vierhavens (M4H), just around the corner from Rotterdam’s city centre and part of Rotterdam Innovation District, is undergoing a major transformation. The M4H area, once one of the world’s largest ports for the fruit trade, is now turning into a modern and innovative working area and, in time, into an attractive residential area. Our ambition for M4H is a gradual transformation of the area. We will do so by responding to the changes in the market, by seizing opportunities.
    In this tour you will learn more about this transformation and the challenges we see for our urban mobility.

    « Rail Tour » Rail Service Center & Kijfhoek

    Wednesday 22 June 09.30
    3 Hours Visit by bus to the RSC that focuses fully on handling shuttle trains and combined transport and to Kijfhoek, the biggest shunting yard of the Netherlands.

    Minimum participants         :           10
    Maximum participants        :           20

    Rail transport to and from the port of Rotterdam is fast, efficient, reliable and sustainable. Many destinations in Europe can be reached by train within a day. More than 250 weekly intermodal rail services start and end at the port of Rotterdam.

    Tour Container Transferium Alblasserdam & Kinderdijk

    Wednesday 22 June 12.30
    4 Hours visit by bus to the smart solution for cushioning peaks in traffic, reducing congestion and achieving more efficient truck transport; Container Transferium Alblasserdam - followed by a visit to the famous UNESCO World Heritage windmill complex of Kinderdijk.

    Minimum participants         :           20
    Maximum participants        :           40

    The Container Transferium is operated by BCTN. The terminal is operational since 2015 and is developed by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and BCTN in partnership with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and the Province of South Holland.

    Rotterdam is a popular destination for its vibrant entertainment options, fine museums and splendid architecture. For main attractions in Rotterdam click here.

  • Shuttle
    Shuttles will be available from Rotterdam The Hague Airport to the Van Nelle Factory on Monday morning 20 June and to the airport from the Van Nelle Factory on Wednesday afternoon 22 June.

    Regular Shuttles will go from the Markthal (“Market Hall”) in Blaak and Rotterdam Central Station to the Van Nelle Factory and back to the Central Station and the Markthal for the duration of the TEN-T Days. Blaak is the neighborhood just south of the city centre where several hotels are located and the Markthal is one of its main landmarks.

    In addition, transportation will be offered to and from the SS Rotterdam for the dinner on 21 June. Transportation will be provided to the SS Rotterdam from the Van Nelle Factory as from and back to Rotterdam centre and Blaak.

    Please check back here for details regarding times and exact locations of the stops closer to the event.


The TEN-T Days 2016 edition, which will also host the Business conference on Rail Freight Corridors and the development of rail freight in Europe organised by the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment, will be followed by the UIC Global Rail Freight conference. This conference will offer a natural continuation to the discussions on European corridors and multimodality and move to a global context where innovation and digitalisation are at the heart of the success of rail freight.

The Global Rail Freight conference on 22 and 23 June 2016 will focus on transcontinental corridors as well as on innovation and its impact on the rail freight industry business models and its work force.


Thank you for your submission !

Your form has been duly received. Due to the limited number of seats available, the European Commission will confirm your participation at a later stage.

You will receive a confirmation of participation in the next few days on the mentioned email address.

For any questions and comments feel free to contact CECOFORMA who is organising the TEN-T Days on behalf of the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission.



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European Commission, Commissioner Violeta Bulc:

European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport:

Innovation and Networks Executive Agency:
Mr Francesco Falco, Information and Communication Manager: +32 2 295 5932; francesco.falco@ec.europa.eu.