European Union Agency for Railways
FormationApril 2004 (established)
Josef Doppelbauer

The European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) is an agency of the European Union (EU) that sets mandatory requirements for European railways and manufacturers in the form of Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI), which apply to the Trans-European Rail system. The ERA publishes a document summarising the status of the TSIs.[1] The ERA sets common safety targets, common safety methods and common safety indicators, following Directive 2004/49/EC and amendments. The ERA also hosts a number of databases, among which a register of remaining, applicable national rules.


Old logo of the European Railway Agency
Old logo of the European Railway Agency

The agency was established in 2004 as part of the Second Railway Package, and commenced operations in 2006 as the European Railway Agency (ERA). It changed its name in 2016, becoming the European Union Agency for Railways. The acronym ERA is still used to refer to the agency after the renaming, even by the agency itself.

See also


  1. ^ "Transversal and merged TSIs and their amendments, by year" (PDF). European Railway Agency. April 2014. pp. 1 to 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2016-07-01.