European Railway Agency

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European Railway Agency
European Railway Agency logo.svg
Formation April 2004 (established)
Location Valenciennes & Lille, France
Director Marcel Verslype
Website era.europa.eu

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 just over 100 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 standards for European railways in the form of ERA Technical Specifications for Interoperability, which apply to the Trans-European Rail network.

Premises of the European Railway Agency in Lille.

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