Good Practices for Tendering of Conventional Rail Services

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UITP is pleased to invite you to the UITP Workshop on "Good Practices for Tendering of Conventional Rail Services", organised on 19 November 2015 in Warsaw (Poland).

Targeted at competent organising authorities at the regional and national level, but also all the rail stakeholders and professionals from Europe, this workshop will serve as a discussion and knowledge platform between passenger rail operators and authorities on how to support operator initiative and potentially attract private investment capital in Poland, Central Eastern Europe and the EU Member States.


The future development of long-distance, regional and suburban rail services in Europe has reached a critical turning point. The current revision of the PSO regulation (No 1370 / 2007) as proposed by the European Commission may contribute to an effective and progressive railway market opening, through the establishment of a general principle of competitive award for rail contracts. On the one side, European legislation currently under discussion is promoting a controlled liberalisation of that market. On the other side, public authorities are facing an ever growing mismatch between demands on public budgets and available resources.

For the rail mobility stakeholders it is essential to rethink existing concepts and develop new views on supporting the development of a thriving rail passenger market, including securing a long-term and sustainable financing scheme.

This event is organised by UITP Central and Eastern Europe and under the aegis of the Office of Rail Transport of the Republic of Poland, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank Group. The event's partner is ProKolej Fundation Poland, the Railway Institute and Arriva RP.






19:00 - 21:00 Conference diner (Restaurant Platter, Hotel Intercontinental, ul. Emili Plater 49, 00-125 Warsaw)


8:30 – 9:00 Registration & welcome coffee

9:00 – 9:45 Welcome & Introduction

Moderation: Artur PERCHEL, Manager, Central Eastern Europe, UITP

Minister of Infrastructure and Development, Poland (tbc)

Krzysztof DYL, Chairman, UTK Office of Rail Transport, Poland

Wieslaw WITEK, Managing Director, Warsaw Transport Authority, Poland

Thomas AVANZATA, Director, European Affairs Department, UITP

Regulatory framework, experiences of tendering/contracting and further steps of liberalisation in the Member States 

Moderation: Thomas AVANZATA, Director, European Affairs Department, UITP

Laszlo SOMODI, Director, Transport Department, National Development Ministry, Hungary

Jan SNOPEK, Policy Administrator, Public Transport Department, Ministry of Transport, Czech Republic

Jochen SCHNEIDER, Project Economist, European Investment Bank, JASPERS

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break

State of play regarding contracting and tendering rail services in Central and Eastern Europe

Moderation: Michal BEIM, Senior Mobility Expert, Sobieski Institute, Poland

Pavel BLAZEK, Chief Executive, KORDIK LK public transport coordinator Liberec region, Czech Republic

Krzysztof RODZIEWICZ, Deputy Director, Real Estate and Infrastructure Department, Mazowieckie Marshal Office, Poland

Ladislav OLEXA, Head of Transport Department, Kosice Regional Government, Slovakia

David VITEZY, former Ministerial Commissioner, Bus & Rail Services Restructuring Unit, Ministry of Transport, Hungary

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

What is the best way to guarantee an attractive tender leading to best value for passengers and taxpayers in Europe?

Moderation: Jakub MAJEWSKI, Chairman, ProKolej Foundation, Poland

Piers MARLOW, Director Business Development, Arriva PLC, UK

Christian SCHREYER, CEO, Transdev GmbH, Germany

Bartlomiej BUCZEK, Board Member - Director of Operations, PKP SKM Trójmiasto, Poland

Andrzej WASILEWSKI, Chairman, Lodz Agglomeration Railways, Poland

Mariusz JOZEFOWICZ, Commercial Director, Dolnoslaskie Railways, Poland

15:30 – 16:00 Wrap-up & Conclusions

Artur PERCHEL, Manager Central Eastern Europe, UITP

Andrzej ZURKOWSKI, Director, Railway Institute, Poland

Jochen SCHNEIDER, Project Economist, European Investment Bank, JASPERS

Jakub MAJEWSKI, Chairman, ProKolej Foundation, Poland


* Programme is tentative and subject to change.


Registration is now closed.

Attendance to this event is free-of-charge but registration is compulsory. Please note that as seats are limited, registrations will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Registration will be open until 15:00 CET on Monday, November 16.

NOTE: Press, independent consultants and academics are kindly requested to contact UITP first before registering to confirm their attendance. Please contact Mr. Artur Perchel at artur.perchel(at)

For any additional questions, please contact Mr. Artur Perchel at artur.perchel(at)

Practical information: 

Timing: Thursday, 19 November 2015 between 8:30 - 16:00 CET

Venue: Hotel InterContinental Warsaw, Emilii Plater 49, 00-125 Warsaw, Poland

Conference hotel: Hotel InterContinental Warsaw. All conference delegates enjoy a discount: single standard room with breakfast  (PLN 520.00 + 8%VAT), double room (PLN 560.00 + 8%VAT). Please make the bookings via e-mail or phone +48 22 328 88 60. Discount's password: "UITP". Bookings upon availability.

Conference diner: November 18, 19:00 CET, Restaurant Platter, Hotel Intercontinental, ul. Emili Plater 49, 00-125 Warsaw



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