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With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611 and       the co-financing of Green Fund, Greece

European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS)

The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is a single interoperable train control and command system in the European Union. It enhances cross-border interoperability, creating a seamless, EU-wide railway system. The EU Agency for Railways is the system authority for ERTMS.

The mission of ERTMS is to make the railway system work better for society and contribute to the effective functioning of a Single European Railway Area without frontiers. The Agency, as a respected authority, will be the engine for change driving the Single European Railway Area.

Established to provide technical assistance in the development and implementation of the Single European Railway Area, the ERTMS performs a number of activities, including:

  • Development of common minimum requirements and procedures concerning vocational education, competence assessment and drivers certification;

  • Development of the European railway safety culture model, to support design and implementation of strategies to continually improve safety culture;

  • Investigation of rail accidents, aiming at identifying the causes and the root causes of the accidents;

  • Assistance in the development of the legislation regarding the dangerous goods transport, etc.

Extended literature including studies of traffic data, technical advices, consultations and corporate publications are available from ERTMSon their website.

Moreover, events and seminars are frequently organized to share theoretical and practical knowledge.


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The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.


The sole responsibility for the content of this report lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EASME nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months

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