The railway sector is full of bright ideas, ingenious innovation and bold policy initiatives devised to enhance, grow and strengthen the rail mode today and for the future. The European Railway Award, jointly organised by the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the Association of the European Rail Supply Industry (UNIFE), celebrates these achievements by recognising the inspired individuals behind them.
Rail has been particularly in the spotlight this year, as 2021 became the European Year of Rail. The European Railway Award showcases rail’s impressive capabilities every year and we are currently looking for our next winner. We received many interesting entries in response to this year's call and shortlisted candidatets will be submitted to our jury. The winner will then be announced at the European Railway Award ceremony in early 2022. Stay tuned for the save the date!
This year's European Railway Award was a special edition marking the start of the European Year of Rail.
Congratulations to the iLINT hydrogen train project, voted by our jury as the winner of the European Railway Award 2021, and to the recipients of our accolades for outstanding political contributor - European Parliament President David Sassoli - and for outstanding citizen's initiative - the FreeInterrail movement.
A warm thanks to all our speakers, esteemed guests, and audience who joined our online ceremony
To learn more about the European Year of Rail and find out what further events and activities are lined up this year, visit the EU's dedicated Year of Rail website.
First presented in 2007, the European Railway Award attracts more than 500 guests from all over Europe, including high-level politicians and transport stakeholders.
The award comes with prize money, donated to a charity organisation of the laureate’s choice.
The jury for the European Railway Award consists of railway and rail industry CEOs, EU-level political decision makers, past winners and selected journalists. They consider the nominees and select a winner through a vote.
In previous years, the European Railway Award was divided into a technical category and a political category. These were combined in 2018 to award a single outstanding winner.