International Relations

Concerning the international activities, VPE takes part in numerous associations, international platforms. First, our company joined RNE, which actually has more than 30 members, consisting of different IMs and ABs. The aim is to harmonise procedures among the European railway sector. Since 2013, based on the regulation 913/2010, not only RNE, but also the concerned member states have had to focus on the operation of the European RFC corridors.

Currently Hungary is involved in three RFCs’ operation:

Orient/East-Med corridor (RFC 7), which runs through 7 countries via the following routing:

Prague–Vienna/Bratislava–Budapest–Bucharest–Constanta, and Budapest–Vidin–Sofia–Thesszaloniki–Athens. In the meanwhile the sections of Győr-Sopron and Sofia-Plovdiv-Dimitrovgrad-Svilengrad/Turkish border became as main routes.

The C-OSS, being a contact point, among various tasks, is responsible for the management of the corridor products (Pre-arranged Paths and reserve capacity). We are proud of our RFC 7 C-OSS, who is a VPE employee from the very beginnings.

The Mediterranean corridor (RFC 6) has also started in 2013:

from Almería-Valencia/Madrid–Zaragoza/Barcelona–Marseille–Lyon–Torino–Milano–Verona–Padova/Venice–Trieste/Koper–Ljubljana–Budapest–Záhony. From 2016 Croatia is also a member of the corridor.

Amber Rail Freight Corridor (RFC 11) has been operational since 14 January 2019, at which time pre-arranged paths were published for the first time on the corridor. The corridor includes 4 countries and the main points of the corridor are: Koper-Ljubjlana-/Zalaszentiván-Sopron/Csorna-/(Hungarian- Serbian border) – Kelebia-Budapest-/-Komárom-Leopoldov/Rajka-Bratislava-Zilina-Katowice/Krakow-Warsaw/Luków-Terespol-(Polish-Belorussion border). VPE is in charge of managing the Secretariat of the corridor form September 2017.

One further Rail Freight Corridor will be operational soon:

RFC 9 (Rhine-Danube RFC): Strasbourg-Mannheim-Frankfurt-Nürnberg-Wels

Strasbourg-Stuttgart-München-Salzburg-Wels-Wien-Bratislava-Budapest-Arad-Brasov/Craiova-Bucuresti-Constanta

Čierna nad Tisou-Košice-Žilina-Horní Lideč-Praha-München/Nürnberg

Besides RNE, our company is also member of CER, ERA, UIC and the platform of PRIME.