Financing railways: How to make the best use of EU funds

Financing railways:
How to make the best
use of EU funds
Warsaw, 5 July 2012
Novotel Warszawa Centrum, ul. Marszałkowska 94/98
8:00 – 9:00
Registration and welcome coffee
9:00 – 9:15
Welcome from Libor Lochman (CER Executive Director) and Philippe Citroën
(UNIFE Director General)
9:15 – 9:30
Welcome from Jakub Karnowski, President of the Management Board and
Director General of PKP S.A.
9:30 – 9:45
Keynote by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Minister for Regional Development
9:45 – 10:00
Keynote by Wolfgang Streitenberger, Adviser to the DG REGIO Director General
Morning session
During the morning session a representative of DG REGIO will introduce the subject by addressing questions such as: What is
the purpose of Cohesion Policy? Which fund finances what? What are the funds available to finance rail infrastructure and
rolling stock? What is the timing? When must funds be requested, when are they committed, what are the decomitment
rules? Will future regulation change the process?
Afterwards, a representative from Jaspers and a private consultant will be asked to give an overview on the major
obstacles and general difficulties encountered when trying to absorb EU funding. A detailed conceptual analysis of the
processes of project planning and management shall be drawn by the respective experiences: what are the problems that
generally affect the funding of a project? What are the complicated aspects of the application process? Can best practices
be identified? What’s the role that Jaspers or private consultants can play while assisting applicants?
10:00 – 10:30
Artur Rudnicki, Transport Economist at JASPERS - Warsaw office
10:30 – 11:00
Ioannis Kroustalis, Transport Expert at DG REGIO – European Commission
11:00 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:00
Torsten Heid, Consultant at SYMBIOS Funding and Consulting GmbH
12:00 – 12:30
12:30 – 14:00
Afternoon session
In the afternoon case studies of projects partly funded by EU budget for TEN-T or Regional Policy will be analysed. The aim
is not only to show just the positive results of the project but to single out the main problems that were overcome.
14:00 – 14:20
PKP experience with rail infrastructure financing
(Presenter from PKP tbc)
14:20 – 14:40
Financing ERTMS on ÖBB rolling stock
Alfred Pitnik, Head of International Affairs of Rail Cargo Austria AG
14:40 – 15:00
A case from the industry: Thales Polska
Andrzej Glowiak, KAM Telecommunications at Thales Polska
Wrap up and conclusions
15:00 – 15:45
Wrap up panel with Libor Lochman, Philippe Citroën and Andrzej Massel (Vice
Minister for Transport)