ETF Conference on the Future of Train Driving in Brussels on 26 April

7 Apr 2023

Wednesday, 26 April, the ETF will host its conference: The Future of Train Driving.

The conference will feature train drivers’ testimonials on concrete aspects of their activity, aimed at creating a better understanding of their profession and its crucial role for rail safety. A panel discussion with policymakers and social partners will follow.

The Train Drivers Directive, which regulates training and certification standards of train drivers in the European Union, is currently under review. The conference will provide a forum for stakeholders to exchange views on the Directive’s revision and its potential impact on train drivers’ working conditions and rail safety.

Train drivers must have their say when it comes to shaping the future of rail transport. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to listen to their testimonials and discuss with policymakers and social partners how we can ensure a safe and sustainable future for train driving.

Speakers at the conference include representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, and social partners.

Practical Information

The conference will take place in ETF’s offices in Brussels from 10:00 to 13:00.

The conference will be held in presence only. Registration is mandatory and can be done through this link.



  • Livia Spera, ETF General Secretary
  • Giorgio Tuti, ETF Railways Section Chair

Challenges for international rail transport:

  • Torben Holvad, Monitoring, Analysis, Research and Stakeholders Unit, ERA

Licencing and language – combining train drivers’ mobility and rail safety – exchanges with train drivers

Coffee break

Keeping and making train driving attractive – exchanges with train drivers

Panel discussion – The future of train driving:

  • Karima Delli, MEP Greens
  • Elena Kountoura, MEP Left (tbc)
  • Ismail Ertug, MEP S&D
  • Kristian Schmidt, DG MOVE, Director of Land Transport
  • Alberto Mazzola, Director of CER



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