- The world congress organised by IRCA (International
Railway Congress Organisation) in collaboration with ÖBB (Austria
Federal Railway Company) in association with UIC (Union
Internationale des Chemin de Fer) and the ECMT (European Conference
of Ministers of Transport) will take place in Vienna on 25, 26 and 27
September 2001 at the Austria Center Vienna.
This congress will be the place to be for meeting experts from
political, economic, industrial and academic circles. Speakers will
be well-known personalities from the world of politics, economics,
transport and management or from educational circles. Their personal
experience and the position they hold make them authorities in their
Several hundred delegates are expected: senior railway managers
from all five continents, representatives of government and
international institutions, specialist in railway matters or in
transport economics as academics, consultants and industrials.
The topic of this world congress is dedicated to: Transport Policy
and Strategies of the Railways.
5 subthemes will be proposed:
Transport Policy: what will be the importance of railways in
overall transport policies? How to finance the railway networks and
harmonising terms of competitions?
World Trends: what are they in transport and mobility?
Passengers: potential markets, objectives of railways companies,
complementarity with other transportation modes are actual challenges
we are in front of. How to manage quality management,
customer-oriented objectives, means and measures in a context of
merging/buy-out of companies? What should be the financial
contributions from public authorities?
Freight: developing freight activities is depending on political
and economic environment. In this context how to achieve objectives
on a competitive market, gaining market shares and implementing
strategies and resources to the freight sector. Infrastructure:
Various financial aspects are to be taken into account as
infrastructure fees, paths allocations, financial contribution from
governments and organisations, investments financing principles, debt
management. The integration of the infrastructure in the environment
an in the society on national or regional level will focus on this
Parallel to the congress, exhibitions will have the opportunity to
present their products to the participants and show what is the
evolution in the industrial sector related to the railway activities.
This congress will be a unique opportunity for the international
press to come in contact with the participants to the congress and
the exhibitors representing important suppliers to the railway
The objective of IRCA (International Railway Congress Association)
consists in promoting the exchange of acquired experience and
knowledge between its members by holding periodical congresses or
meetings with limited participants, supplying its members with
information on specific problems and publishing technical reviews.
The President of IRCA is M. Etienna Schouppe, Managing Diretor of
SNCB-NMBS and the General Secretary is M. Antoine Martens, Direcotr
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