Having received over 300 entries for the first ever European Rail Congress Awards, the judges have made their decision on the final short-lists for the 19 award categories for 2013.
Brian Simpson MEP, Chair of the Judging Panel, said:
"We know that the European rail sector has an excellent standing across the globe, and so the high standard of the submissions we received did not come as a surprise. However, it has made mine and my fellow judges' jobs very difficult! Competition for a place on the short-list even for these inaugural Awards has been fierce.
I am pleased that countries from right across Europe have participated in these Awards and that evidence of best practice from both small and larger countries from the West of Europe across to the East, receive the opportunity for recognition of their efforts and innovation."
The full short-list is available for download here.
The winners will be announced at an Awards Dinner on the evening of 12 November as part of the two-day European Rail Congress taking place across 12 and 13 November in London. European Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas will be providing the keynote address on the night.
Europe's railways provide efficient, high quality and safe connectivity; reduce Europe's emission of greenhouse gases; boost jobs and economic growth; and facilitate European competitiveness. The European rail sector is considered the world leader, employing around 800,000 people, generating a turnover of €73bn and growth expected to reach 2.7% each year for the next five years.
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