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.
The 16th edition of the award ceremony will take place on 31 January 2023, featuring our 2023 Rail Champion and Women in Rail Trailblazer (more info here), as well as prominent speakers from across the rail sector and the European Union institutions.
We are delighted to announce the return to a physical event format and hope you will all be able to join us in Brussels at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts for a long overdue gathering of our rail community.
Registrations are open here.
Click here to find out more about why our Trailblazer Award will be dedicated to the topic of Women in Rail in 2023.
Manfred Weber, Chairman of the European Parliament’s EPP Group, and Bane NOR’s ERTMS programme were announced Rail Champion and Rail Trailblazer at our online ceremony, broadcast live from Brussels on 8 February 2022.
Congratulations to our winners and warm thanks to all who joined us online.
Read more here about this year's ceremony, its winners and special recognitions for European Year of Rail milestones.
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.