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1.) Association for European Transport (AET)

The Association for European Transport (AET) is the leading European organisation for transport professionals. AET promotes networking and the exchange of ideas, Information and opportunities amongst its members through conferences, special interest groups and the members’ website. AET is responsible for organising Europe’s leading annual transportation conference (the European Transport Conference - ETC). Members are encouraged to play an active role. AET’s currently comprises over 300 corporate and individual members, based in over 35 countries. AET is committed to the development of young professionals in the transport industry and in academic fields.

2.) CESA - Community of European Shipyards Associations

Community of European Shipyards Associations represents the shipbuilding industry from 16 Member States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and United Kingdom).

CESA has a long tradition as representative organisation and could look back proudly to decades of fruitful cooperation and constructive dialogue.

Starting in 1937 as "International Shipbuilding Conference", it was re-established after the war as "West European Shipbuilders Informal Contacts" and renamed in 1965 to "Association of West European Shipbuilders", AWES. In the 1980ies, AWES established an EC-linking committee, which later on, mainly for administrative reasons, became a separate sister organisation under the name of CESA.

In 2004, AWES and CESA decided to go back to the initial one-organisation structure - the COMMUNITY OF EUROPEAN SHIPYARDS' ASSOCIATIONS or, CESA, which had become a well-established trademark in the maritime world as well as in the predominant field of EC related activities.

3.) Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)

Around 15,000 lobbyists and 2,500 lobby organisations are based in Brussels. All of them are trying to articulate and represent various interests during the political decision-making process. For 20 years CER has been recognised as the voice of European railways in this competitive environment - delivering practical and reliable information to all European institutions in the debate about the future of (rail) transport.

The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) is the leading European railway organisation. It was founded in 1988 with 12 members and now brings together 79 railway undertakings and infrastructure companies – private and state-owned, large and small. Our members come from the European Union, the candidate countries (Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey) as well as from the Western Balkan countries, Norway, and Switzerland. CER is based in Brussels and represents the interests of its members to the European Parliament, Commission and Council of Ministers as well as to other policymakers and transport actors. CER’s main focus is to promote a strong rail industry that is essential to the creation of a sustainable transport system which is efficient, effective and environmentally sound.

4.) EIM - the European Rail Infrastructure Managers

EIM, the European Rail Infrastructure Managers, was established to promote the interests and views of the independent infrastructure managers in Europe, following liberalisation of the railway market. The organisation was fully established in spring 2002.
EIM is an open and democratic organisation. Each member has a vote. It is also unique in that it allows for the expression of minority opinions.
Mission: EIM works to improve the development of the rail transport mode. It also acts as an advocacy organisation towards the European Institutions and together with the industry. EIM provides expertise to the appropriate European bodies including the European Rail Agency (ERA).

5.) Euratex - The European Apparel and Textile Confederation

EURATEX's main objective is to promote the interests of its members while taking into account the European Union's institutional framework and its international obligations.
As the voice of the European textile and clothing industry, EURATEX's main objective is to create an environment with in the European Union which is conducive to the manufacture of textile and clothing products. Its headquarters in Brussels are within touching distance of the major decision-making bodies of the EU, at Commission, Parliament and Council level. In this context, the major areas of concern to EURATEX are to foster a new framework for textile & clothing trade policy, to promote a further expansion of the EU exports of textiles and clothing, to promote legislation and its application in the field of intellectual property, to support measures which enhance environmental protection but which are at the same time acceptable to the industry, to promote and participate in research, development, innovation and other educational or social projects which bring value added to the industry at European level, to engage in a constructive social dialogue at EU level with our social partners, and to disseminate economic and statistical data to the membership.

6.) International Association of Public Transport (UITP)

UITP is the international network for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. It is a platform for worldwide cooperation, business development and the sharing of know-how between its 3,400 members from 92 countries. UITP is the global advocate of public transport and sustainable mobility, and the promoter of innovations in the sector.

7.) International Union of Railways (UIC)

UIC mission:
to promote rail transport at world level and meet the challenges of mobility and sustainable development.

Main UIC objectives:

·    facilitate the sharing of best practices among members (benchmarking)
·    support members in their efforts to develop new business and new areas of activities
·    propose new ways to improve technical and environmental performance
·    promote interoperability, create new world standards for railways (including common standards with other
      transport modes)
·    develop centres of competence (High Speed, Safety, Security, e-Business, …)

8.) UNIFE - the Association of the European Rail Industry

"Promote rail market growth for sustainable mobility"

Four priorities to achieve this mission:
1) Promote European policies favourable to rail
2) Shape a European interoperable and efficient railway system
3) Ensure European rail supply industry leadership through advanced research, innovation and quality
4) Provide members with market, technical and political intelligence