The European Commission is planning to put forward a proposal for a European Partnership on Rail Research and Innovation in accordance with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), building upon the current Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.
The Rail European Partnership will focus on accelerating, with an integrated system approach, research, development and demonstrations of innovative technologies and operational solutions (enabled by digitalization and automation) for future deployment to deliver on European Union policies towards “European Green Deal“ objectives (e.g. shift substantial part of the 75% of inland freight carried today by road to rail and inland waterways), “a Europe fit for the digital age”, “an economy that works for people” and “a stronger Europe in the world”.
Interested parties can find on this page all public relevant information on the ongoing process for the Shift2Rail Successor, currently called “Transforming Europe’s Rail System”. Please note we advise interested parties to regularly monitor this web page as well as the European Commission’s relevant web pages for updates on the latest information available.
With regard to the Horizon Europe proposal, information is available here.
 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions of 11 December 2019 on the European Green Deal (COM/2019/640 final)