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: Adoption of an implementing act regarding the technical and functional specifications for the European vehicle register (EVR);
  • 16/06/2018: ERA’s IT portal (OSS) to be completed to allow ERA to process authorisations and certifications in the shadow running phase;
  • 16/06/2018: Potential date for the start of the shadow running phase for vehicle authorisations;
  • 16/06/2019: ERA to issue vehicle authorisations in those Member States not having asked for an extension and which have transposed the Interoperability Directive into national law on that date;
  • 16/06/2020: ERA to issue vehicle authorisations in all MSs which have transposed 2016/797 into national law by that date.;