FTE Plenary Assembly on 30 November 2023

The FTE Plenary Assembly took place on 30 November 2023. More than forty Railway Undertakings gathered online for this bi-annual meeting. The primary focus of the discussion was the draft Regulation 443 on the use of railway infrastructure capacity, published by the European Commission on 11 July and extensively analysed by various stakeholders since.


FTE Members actively engaged in analysing this draft Capacity Management Regulation, which undoubtedly will have a significant impact on FTE members and the railway industry in Europe. Other topics of discussion included the implementation of TTR, the need to improve the TCR process, and the migration from the PCS Envelope Concept (PCS EC) to the PCS Capacity Broker (PCS CB).


In addition to these critical topics currently addressed by FTE, several formal votes took place during the Plenary Assembly. Unanimously, the Assembly approved amendments to the FTE Statutes. Other decisions concerned the FTE Coordination Conferences.


Following the previous FTE Plenary Assembly in Kraków, the next one will be hosted in Spiez, Switzerland on June 6, 2024.


FTE President Philipp Mäder commented: “It was great to see so many Railway Undertakings come together in these very interesting times. The draft Regulation on the use of railway infrastructure capacity took center stage in our discussions. I was pleased to hear from participants that the analysis of the draft Capacity Management Regulation by FTE members and the consolidated expert opinion at the European level has been very helpful to them.”