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Second Eurasian Connectivity and Industrial Cooperation Forum

FERRMED conference of 21-22 November 2018 in Brussels

The trans-Eurasian Silk Road railway land bridge: new challenges in infrastructure, operations and rolling stock. The business-oriented approach to EU/Eurasian core network development to optimise the trans-Eurasian “Belt and Road” global logistics chain.


  • Wednesday, 21 November 2018: BEL Conference Centre Tour & Taxis site, Avenue du Port 86c/3002, 1000 Brussels
  • Thursday, 22 November 2018: European Parliament Altiero Spinelli Building, 60 rue Wiertz, 1047 Brussels


FERRMED’s Second Eurasian Connectivity and Industrial Cooperation Forum of 21-22 November 2018 in Brussels builds on two July 2018 events in China of major import for world logistics:

  • The 20th EU-China Summit in Beijing. FERRMED welcomed the Summit’s Joint Statement and is in full accord with the EU-China Connectivity Platform initiative.
  • The First Eurasian Connectivity and Industrial Cooperation Forum, jointly organised by FERRMED and the People’s Government of Zhengzhou.

The Eurasian Connectivity and Industrial Cooperation Forum is developing guidelines and promoting corresponding actions in a business-focussed approach to achieving the goals of both China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the European Union’s own policy on sustainable connectivity between Europe and Asia.

The conference will show how FERRMED and its partners are pushing for faster development of the most important parts of the trans-European and trans-Eurasian railway network, particularly for freight, and for resolution of this network’s most important issues.

Our focus is on making today’s freight system, and particularly the core trans-European and trans-Eurasia network, work for business.

We are assembling fully business-oriented FERRMED Multisectoral Working Groups (FMWGs) – on infrastructure, operations and rolling stock – open to all partners interested in achieving our key targets for the most crowded and strategic EU and Eurasian corridors.

FERRMED sees the priority trans-Eurasian network as a backbone rail transport system linking the most important Eurasian socio-economic regions by means of these regions’ strategic trans-Eurasian logistics hubs. The main objective is to reduce cost and lead/transit times while assuring quality and safety on the main trans-Eurasian routes. These include the EU’s trans-European backbone rail network, which comprises the busiest 6000 km of corridors carrying 30% of the EU core network’s traffic. This EU backbone network must soon be able to handle 1500 metres trains weighing 3600 to 5000 tonnes.