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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!
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.
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 :
You can book an hotel with preferential rate via the links below : https://www.preferredreservations.nl/ten-t-days-2016-rotterdam
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.
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.
Port of Rotterdam Excursions
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.
Minimum participants : 25
Maximum participants : 70
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.
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.
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.
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.