Our partners

In order to capitalise on best practices and stimulate discussions with industry stakeholders, AGIFI has established partnerships with organisations that are committed to enhancing network performance and developing the railway industry and railway infrastructures.

The long-term investment and reindustrialisation intergroup

Railenium: The railway industry’s Technological Research Institute (IRT).

Railenium: The railway industry’s Technological Research Institute (IRT).

What is Railenium?

Railenium is the railway industry’s technological research institute founded in October 2012 with support from the Nord Pas-de-Calais iTrans unit’s Future Investment Programme.

  • Its objectives are to promote the competitiveness of the railway industry, improve railway systems (urban, high speed and conventional rail) and network manager performance.
  • Its method of operation focuses on consultation and collaboration. By bringing together the industry stakeholders, Railenium manages to promote R&D ideas and set up projects that focus on identifying industrial solutions. The technological research institute has 28 members – railway companies and research centres. It aims to provide support to try and help the industry to control costs, improve network performance and reduce its environmental footprint.

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Partnership between AGIFI and Railenium


Christophe Pélissié du Rausas (left), Chairman of AGIFI and Jean-Marc Delion (right), Executive Director of Railenium signing the partnership agreement in Paris on 3rd March 2015.

On March 3rd 2015, AGIFI signed a partnership agreement with Railenium’s technological research institute to pool their thinking and develop projects based on certain issues of common interest associated with the management and modernisation of France’s railways, the safety of operations and lowering costs.

The two partners have worked together to:

  • Organise infrastructures so that it’s easy to gather data
  • Monitor and exploit the data gathered
  • Develop joint training schemes based partly on the best practices and lessons learned by the Institute in association with other training organisations and contributions from AGIFI members.

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The long-term investment and reindustrialisation intergroup

The long-term investment and reindustrialisation intergroup

This intergroup was set up by the European Parliament at the end of 2014 at the request of France’s Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation, Italy’s Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Spain’s Instituto de Credito Oficial and Germany’s KfW Bankengruppe. Members include Euro MPs from various Parliamentary Commissions who are familiar with long-term investment and reindustrialisation issues.

  • Its objective is to provide the European Parliament with a tool for adopting a transversal approach to long-term investment and to develop its expertise in the matter during the period 2014 – 2019.
  • Its responsibilities are primarily to assess funding requirements and identify the existing impediments to long-term investment agreements. The intergroup will also be responsible for working on creating a legal environment that offers incentives for long-term investments.

Since the rationale behind its activities is to promote the long-term and sustainable development of railway infrastructures and one of the possible solutions is private sector investment (industrial partners and investment funds), AGIFI decided to join this intergroup in Spring 2015.

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Website | Caisse des Dépôts press release