Facts & context

For several years, the EU has been fostering multimodal networks via various policy and financial initiatives (e.g. White Papers, TEN-T guidelines, Juncker’s investment programme, European Commission’s C-ITS programme for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, etc.).

In addition, there is an increasing number of national Infrastructure Managers and regulators with multimodal portfolios (rail, road, waterways).

In line with this trend, EIM and the Conference of European Directors of Road (CEDR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2014, which was renewed in 2017. The aims of the MoU are to:

  • increase the mutual sharing of knowledge;  
  • present coherent messages to relevant EU institutions;
  • identify the challenges that intermodal transport faces.

EIM and CEDR share information and knowledge related to the development of and activities connected to the EU law making process as well as on priorities, activities and results of research and innovation in rail, road and transport infrastructure.

Infrastructure Managers are expected to increasingly offer interconnected and seamless end-to-end services. Multimodal approaches in terms of customer service, best practice, interface planning, joint charging, door-to-door infrastructure, etc. will require improved co-operation between different modes of transport and Infrastructure Managers. Several members of EIM are already multimodal.

EIM in action

  • Since the signature of the MoU in 2014, CEDR and EIM identified different work streams and cooperation opportunities;
  • CEDR and EIM continue to exchange across various business activities of their respective members;
  • CEDR and EIM closely monitor upcoming opportunities for cooperation in the light of evolution of the EU work programme

EIM actions in 2020

  • As a follow-up of the EUfunded joint innovation initiative “Infrastructure for the Future” (i4Df) EIM and CEDR teams elaborated a draft plan for joint actions on a strategic, tactical and technical level in the short- mid- and long term.  
  • The areas covered in the draft plan are greening, digitalisation”, resourcing and finance, industrial competitiveness” and innovation
  • Following the developments with the COVID 19 pandemic, in June, both associations put on-hold the finalisation of draft plan

Outlook 2021

EIM and CEDR will:

  • continue high-level and regular exchanges;
  • update and finalise the EIM-CEDR Plan for joint actions;
  • in line with the evolution of the EU work programme and the needs of their members, strive to cooperate on operational and other issues;
  • seek to engage in a dialogue with other modes of transport.
Strategic Vision