4th Railway Package - Technical Pillar


Since 1991, the European railway sector has constantly been reformed by the European Union. The 4th Railway Package, which was adopted in 2016 is by far the largest and most complex legal initiative introduced so far. The 4th Railway Package consists of a political and a technical pillar which introduce substantial reforms for all stakeholders concerned. 

This Guide illustrates in four different chapters the reforms in the field of vehicle authorisation, safety certification and ERTMS trackside approval as well as the new role of the European Union Agency for Railways as ‘frequently asked questions’. Given the fact that the implementation of the 4th Railway Package is an ongoing process, the Guide will be updated on a regular basis, in line with the progress of the reforms being made on EU level.

Prof Andy Doherty
Chairman of the Group of Representative Bodies (GRB)

  • 16/06/2018: ERA IT portal (OSS) to be completed to allow ERA to process safety certifications in the transition phase;
  • 16/06/2018: Potential date for the start of the shadow running for safety certifications;
  • 16/06/2019: ERA to issue safety certificates in those MSs not having asked the EC and the ERA for an extension of the right to issue safety certifications by 1 year and which have transposed the Safety Directive into national law on that date;
  • 16/06/2020: ERA to issue safety certificates in all MSs which have transposed 2016/797 into national law by that date.