The International Union of Railways (UIC) is one of the leading international non-governmental railway transport organizations. The Union established in 1922 under French law and is headquartered in the French capital of Paris.
The UIC is funded through membership fees.
The official language of the UIC is English.
The UIC’s Mission is to promote rail transport at the global level and to meet the challenges of mobility and sustainable development.
The UIC’s main tasks are to:
- adapt the programme of activities on international cooperation to changes on the market, which is characterized by increasing competition between different modes of transport and operators;
- address the challenges posed by liberalization and new laws that promote competition;
- to help its members increase the competitiveness of services provided to customers by sharing best practices, benchmarking and joint projects;
- to implement interoperability;
- to maximize the benefits for the railway sector within the context of harnessing the potential of the global economy and the transport market.
The UIC's highest governing bodies are the General Assembly and the Executive Board
The General Assembly is the UIC’s highest governing body and makes decisions on global issues, problems facing the Union and (at the request of the relevant working body) regional issues. The General Assembly holds regular meetings at least twice a year.
The General Assembly selects the UIC Chairman and Vice-Chairman for a two-year term and ratifies the appointment of the UIC Director General, who in turn leads the Union’s daily work and makes decisions on all financial matters regarding the UIC’s activities in consultation with the UIC Chairman.
The Executive Board is the highest governing body and consists of the heads of 21 companies that are of active UIC members. The Executive Board represents all six of the UIC’s regional branches: Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America and South America. The President of Russian Railways is a member of the Executive Council.
Cooperation between Russian Railways and the UIC
Russian Railways is a member of the UIC’s three main governing bodies: the Executive Board, the Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly and the European Regional Assembly. The Company is one of the UIC’s leading members and has 6.6 votes at the General Assembly.
The President of Russian Railways served as UIC from Chairman January 2013 to December 2016.
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board of Russian Railways,- Oleg Belozerov has served as chairman of the UIC’s Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly since January 2017.
During its membership, the Company has strengthened its positions by occupying key posts in the UIC’s highest governing bodies and ensuring the effective participation of its experts in the Union’s working bodies.
The Company’s representatives head various working bodies, such as the International Council on Railway Research, the Platform for Heavy Traffic and the Team of Experts (GTE) for the Development International Transport Corridors. Company representatives also belong to the management committees of two UIC forums (Freight and Rail System), as well as the UIC Budget and Audit Commission.
Cooperation takes place in all major areas: passenger and freight traffic, rail and track management, resource conservation and energy efficiency, rail safety, security against acts of unlawful interference, management of passenger terminals, provision of healthcare on rail transport research activities etc. The UIC - pays , particular attention to standardization issues in its work. Agreements have been reached with the management of the UIC headquarters on the introduction of Russian as a working language of the UIC.
Russian Railways spearheaded the initiative to have the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations raise the UIC’s status to that of Special Adviser. As a result, UIC members are now able to make proposals on agenda items of the governing and working bodies of the international organizations belonging to the UN system on railway transport.
In addition to the RZD parent holding company, the Russian Railways subsidiary Federal Passenger Company is an associate member of the UIC. The Company’s leading research institutes JSC Railway Research Institute (VNIIZhT), JSC NIIAS Joint-Stock Company Institute of Economy and Transport Development, and JSC RZDstroy, (one of the largest companies on the transport construction companies on the Russian market) are affiliated members.
The UIC’s official website is at: www.uic.org