Company CER

The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)


The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) is a leading European railway organisation founded in 1988 by 12 members.

Today, CER includes 81 members from both the field of railway infrastructure and railway enterprises in European Union, Western-Balkan countries, Turkey, Norway and Switzerland. CER members represent almost 75% of the full length of railway infrastructure, 85% of railroad transport and 90% railway passenger transport in the European free trade area and candidate states.

CER represents the rights and interests of its members by providing practical and reliable information and viewpoints on the future of railway sector to different European Union institutions - including European Parliament, European Commission and Council of the European Union. CER monitors the legislative acts of European Union, how they are changed and presents their own proposals on making changes by strong lobbying in different European Union institutions. CER has a strong connection with European Union institutions, allowing it to be included in changing the legislative acts of EU.

As CER represents the partial interests and rights of railway sector in Europe, its headquarters is located in Brussels, where CER has acted as the voice of railway sector for last 25 years.

Three main work organs of CER:

  • main assembly
  • lead committee, including the chairman of the board/general manager of Estonian Railways Ltd, Ahti Asmann,
  • assistant committee.

Main organs of CER are being assisted by different work groups meeting regularly (infrastructure work group, railway transport work group etc), comprising the representatives of CER members. Work groups do the preliminary work on analyzing motions to amend presented by members of CER and creating them.

Currently CER is actively included in reviewing the fourth railway package and creating standpoints and motions to amend, eventually to be presented to European Parliament and Council of the European Union.