Who we are
Regulation (EU) 913/2010 of 22 September 2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight (hereinafter: Regulation) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 20 October 2010 and entered into force on 9 November 2010. The purpose of the Regulation is to create a competitive European rail network composed of international freight corridors with a high level of performance. It addresses topics such as governance, investment planning, capacity allocation, traffic management and quality of service and introduces the concept of Corridor One-Stop Shops.
The EU Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) are a key initiative and the forerunners to achieve a truly Single European Rail Area for rail freight and to respond to the urgent need for improvements of the for cross-border freight traffic. The general objective of the RFC concept is to foster co-operation across borders both at the level of Member States and rail infrastructure managers and, where relevant, capacity allocation bodies along key routes for European rail freight and to strengthen the involvement of users and terminals in the development of the European rail freight system. Rail freight transport is one of the essential factors for economic growth and development of regions and for integration among regions.
The corridors commit to fulfil their intended role of increasing the competitiveness of international rail freight, unlocking the tremendous growth potential for long-distance freight traffic and promoting rail’s key role in a sustainable transport system. The improved marketability of the corridors is a key to maintaining and winning over end-customers to the rail solution.
The Amber RFC is defined by Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/177 with the following Principal Route: Koper — Ljubljana –/Zalaszentiván — Sopron/Csorna –/(Hungarian-Serbian border) — Kelebia — Budapest –/– Komárom — Leopoldov/Rajka — Bratislava — Žilina — Katowice/Kraków — Warszawa/Łuków — Terespol — (Polish-Belarusian border).
The name Amber RFC is special because it refers to the name of an important ancient trade route, which broadly followed the same alignment.
The Amber RFC is a beneficiary of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) - Programme Support Action (PSA) on the basis of the Multi-annual Work Programme 2014-2020, entitled "Establishment and development of the Amber rail freight corridor", action number 2016-PSA-RFC11.
The Action is a Programme Support Action in the meaning of Article 2(7) and 7(2)(j) of the CEF Regulation (EU) n°1316/2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility and contributes to the preparation of the following pre-identified project on the core network: Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) established and developed in line with Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 forming the rail freight backbone of the TEN-T Core Network Corridors.
The Project Management activity itself is undertaken by the mandated Coordinator for the conclusion and management of the Grant Agreement (action number 2016-PSA-RFC11), which is GYSEV. There are 8 cooperating Parties in the PSA, 2 Ministries, 5 IMs and 1 AB. The two Ministries are the Slovenian and the Polish Ministries of Transport. The action runs from 27/09/2017 until 31/12/2020. Basically, the set-up and run of the Amber RFC is co-funded along with the necessary activities for the implementation. Besides that, a Study examining all types of bottlenecks (for ex. infrastructural, operational, administrative, capacity) is going to be carried out.