Dear Vice President,
As enthusiastic promoters of the European Year of Rail, we can but note that the constraining sanitary context is impeding the full deployment of stakeholders’ activities to promote rail. We therefore urge you to consider extending this outstanding initiative until December 2022 in order to make it an even greater success at the end.
When in the course of 2020 the EU decided to dedicate 2021 to celebrate railways, the European rail sector reacted unanimously and enthusiastically – despite fears that the pandemic could somehow affect the calendar of activities – and allocated huge financial and in-kind resources to back this excellent initiative.
In the context of the European Green Deal, the European Year of Rail is a wonderful and unique opportunity to promote rail and its key contribution to a stronger internal market, to job creation, territorial & social cohesion and of course to a smart, digital and sustainable mobility system that reconciles performance and reduction of CO2 emissions.
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