European Railway Agency

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European Railway Agency
European Railway Agency logo.svg
Formation April 2004 (established)
Director Marcel Verslype

The European Railway Agency (ERA) is one of the agencies of the European Union. The decision to set up the agency was made in April 2004. The agency has two main sites, both in Nord Department, France. The headquarters with all the agency's offices is located in Valenciennes, while international conferences and meetings take place in Lille.

Start of full operations has commenced mid-2006. The organisation employs about 150 members of staff. Its mandate is the creation of a competitive European railway area, by increasing cross-border compatibility of national systems, and in parallel ensuring the required level of safety.

The ERA sets mandatory requirements (as opposed to: voluntary standards) for European railways and manufacturers in the form of ERA Technical Specifications for Interoperability, which apply to the Trans-European Rail system. The ERA publishes a document summarizing the status of the TSIs. [1] The ERA sets common safety targets, common safety methods and common safety indicators, following Directive 2004/49/EC and amendments. The ERA also hosts a number of databases, among which a register of remaining, applicable national rules.

Premises of the European Railway Agency in Lille.


  1. ^ "Transversal and merged TSIs and their amendments, by year". European Railway Agency. April 2014. pp. 1 to 1. 

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