XXXII Conference of General Directors (authorized representatives) of OSJD Railways
XXXII Meeting of the Conference of General Directors (Authorized Representatives) of OSJD Railways
The capital city of the Republic of Belarus, the city of Minsk, became the venue of the XXXII meeting of the Conference of General Directors (Authorised Representatives) of OSJD Railways, which was held from 17 till 21 April 2017. The meeting was attended by the General Directors and authorised representatives of the following OSJD Railways: Azerbaijani Railways CJSC, Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA) at the Ministry of Public Works, Belorussian Railway, Hungarian State Railways CJSC, Vietnamese Railway State Company, Georgian Railway JSC, Railway of the Islamic Republic of Iran, “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Company” JSC, Chinese Railways, Railways of DPRK, “Latvian Railway” SJSC, “Lithuanian Railways” JSC, Railway of Moldova State Enterprise, Ulan-Bator Railway JSC, Polish State Railways JSC, Russian Railways JSC, Railway of the Slovak Republic, “Rohi Ohani Tojikiston” (Tajik Railway) State Unitary Enterprise, Ministry of Railway Transport of Turkmenistan, “Uzbek Railways” (O’zbekiston temir yo’llari) JSC, “Ukrainian Railway” PJSC, “Czech Railways” (České dráhy) JSC, and “Estonian Railway” JSC as well as by representatives from the OSJD Observers – FPC JSC (Russia), SNCF (France) and OSJD Affiliated Enterprises – PLASKE JSC (Ukraine), “Plasser & Theurer” (Austria), Eurosib CJSC (Russia), Railtech Slavjana LLC (Czech Republic), AXTONE JSC (Poland), PJSC “Center for Cargo Container Traffic “TransContainer” (Russia), KORAIL Corporation (Republic of Korea), Rail Cargo Hungaria CJSC (Hungary), Tines JSC (Poland, E.R.S. JSC (Estonia), Association of Transport High Schools, BETAMONT CJSC (Slovakia), AED Rail Service CJSC (Latvia), SIGIS JSC (Latvia), Track Tec JSC (Poland) and delegation of the OSJD Committee.
The meeting was also attended by the invited representatives from the “United Transport and Logistics Company” JSC and the international organisations – UIC and CCTT.
The meeting was chaired by Vladimir Morozov, Chairman of the Conference - Head of the Byelorussian Railway (BC), and Secretary of the OSJD Committee Attila Kiss was secretary of the meeting.
Opening the meeting, Head of the Byelorussian Railway Vladimir Morozov dwelled on the main stages of development of the Byelorussian Railway as an important component of the international railway integration into the Eurasian space. He noted that this year marks the 155th anniversary of foundation of railways in the territory of the Republic of Belarus and the 25th anniversary of the Byelorussian Railway as an independent member of the OSJD representing the interests of the Republic of Belarus at the level of both the Ministerial Conference and the Conference of General Directors (CGD).
Today the Byelorussian Railway is a modern, well-developed transport system with an operating length of more than 5,500 km. The share of the BC is more than 62% of the freight turnover of all types of public transport of the Republic, 30% in the export transport services and about 40% of passenger turnover. The Byelorussian Railway enjoys a great potential for providing and increasing the volumes of transportation.
During the years of joint activity within the OSJD framework, Vladimir Morozov noted that positive results had been achieved in the development and improvement of international railway transportation between Europe and Asia, in the shaping of a coordinated transport policy, harmonisation and unification of the legal framework.
Nevertheless, added the Chairman of the Conference, despite the achieved results, a number of tasks should be tackled on the basis of joint participation and consolidated decisions for the development of international railway transport of goods and passengers, which should be facilitated by decisions of the XXXII meeting of the Conference of General Directors.
Addressing the Conference with his welcome speech, the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Anatoly Sivak pointed out that railway transport played a key part in the OSJD member countries in favour of stable economic development, meeting the transport needs of people, increasing the transit potential and increasing competitiveness of railways as a whole.
The Government of the country adopted the State Programme for the development of
the transport system in the Republic of Belarus for the years
2016-2020, identifying the main aspects of the development of railway, road, aviation and water transport, which is under implementation now.
The Government also adopted the Programme for the development of the logistic system and transit potential for the years 2016-2020, the implementation of which is called to improve complexity and quality of transport services, develop infrastructure and transit potential.
Comprehending the relevance of the development of infrastructure, Mr. Anatoly Sivak continued further, the Republic of Belarus is actively engaged in activities to strengthen the integration process of transport infrastructure into the common Eurasian network. Thus, the electrification of railway lines continues within the framework of the main transport corridors passing in the territory of the country.
With the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union, all the inner customs barriers were eliminated, the harmonisation of freight railway tariffs was implemented and the non-discriminative and equal access to border railway infrastructure was provided.
A telling example of international cooperation is also in the close interaction with the Organisation for Cooperation between Railways of which Belarus has been a permanent member for a quarter of a century i.e. since 1992, at that time the Governing body of the OSJD at level of railway undertakings was established i.e. Conference of General Directors.
Today’s realities set new tasks before the OSJD and all the railways on the Eurasian Continent. Pursuing a coordinated transport policy, elaborating the basic framework of safety and security as well joint decisions of the OSJD are intended to strengthen positions of railway transport as the most reliable mode of transport and secure its reputation of a quality supplier of railway services.
And of course, the minister pointed out in conclusion, the most significant aspect of development of the OSJD is increasing its status and transforming it into an international inter-Governmental organisation by means of adoption of the Convention on International Direct Railway Traffic.
The Chairman of OSJD Committee Tadeusz Szozda underlined in his speech that 2017 marked 25th jubilee year of foundation of the Conference of General Directors of the OSJD. In view of the re-organisation and reforms taking place on railways of the OSJD member countries and the need for engagement of railways in activities of the OSJD, in 1992 the second governing body of the OSJD was established at level of railways i.e. the Conference of General Directors of the OSJD (CGD). And today, along with State bodies, the railway companies of the OSJD member countries energetically participate in the OSJD’s work, which significantly expands and enriches the Organisation’s activities.
It is remarkable that the XXXII meeting of the CGD is held in the Republic of Belarus that is a country with a well-developed network of railways connecting the countries of East with those of West. The significance of the Belorussian Railway is tremendous and it handles a large transit transport flow from/to countries of Asia and Russia to the West Europe and backward.
The OSJD, Tadeusz Szozda continued further, is constantly transforming and progressing and seeking new ways for improvement and development. This is proved by huge work carried out on the revision of the SMGS and SMPS, which made it possible to adapt them to the realities of today, creation of the Common CIM/SMGS consignment note that made it unnecessary to re-issue documents for border crossing and significantly reduced time to cross borders. Memoranda were signed for cooperation on all 13 railway corridors of the OSJD and successful work was executed with regard to preparation of the new PGV Agreement.
The key project is creation of draft new Convention on international direct railway traffic, which makes it possible to considerably raise the Organisation’s status after its adoption. The Report on OSJD activities for 2016 that witnessed the 60th jubilee of foundation of the OSJD focuses on the achievements of railways as well as the results of implementation of the OSJD Programme scheduled for 2016.
The president of the RZD JSC Oleg Belozerov noted in particular the role played by the OSJD in the issues on providing the legal basis on the development of international railway traffic between Asia and Europe.
Within the agenda, the CGD meeting participants discussed the results of work for 2016 carried out by the OSJD Commissions on Freight Traffic, on Passenger Traffic, on Infrastructure and Rolling Stock, by the OSJD Permanent Working Groups on Coding and IT, on Finance and Accounting. The following matters were also considered:
- Progress of work on mutual accounting and mechanism of debt settlement between railways;
- Progress of the International Conference on the adoption of the text of the Convention on Direct International Railway Traffic;
- Progress of work of the ad hoc working group on the issues of vocational education/training in the field of rail freight traffic;
- Membership of the Republic of Korea in the OSJD;
- OSJD Activity Report for 2016;
- OSJD Work Programme for 2018 and years to come;
- Budget of OSJD Committee (Final Budget for 2017 and Provisional Budget for 2018);
- Granting of Status of OSJD Affiliated Enterprise;
- Draft agenda, venue and date for the XXXIII CGD.
The Conference noted the successful implementation of the Programme and Plan of the OSJD for and approved the OSJD Activities Report for 2016 and adopted the OSJD Work Programme for 2018 and the years to come in the field of freight and passenger traffic, infrastructure and rolling stock, coding and IT as well finance and accounting issues.
A number of leaflets of mandatory and mandatory-recommendatory nature were adopted, modifications and supplements were made in the Harmonised nomenclature of goods (GNG) and other regulatory documents being operative within the framework of the OSJD and a number of leaflets were cancelled that ceased to be in force and some other important decisions were taken in this respect.
It was decided to continue carrying out work in the field of activities of the OSJD Commission on Freight Traffic as follows:
- improving the Agreement on organisational and operational aspects of combined traffic between Europe and Asia and update of annexes to the Agreement;
- improving the ETT Agreement and the ETT;
- improving the MTT Agreement and the MTT;
- improving the Agreement on the “Rules for the use of wagons in international traffic” (PGW) with annexes taking into account modifications and supplements being made in international and national documents;
- updating the Harmonised nomenclature of goods (GNG) in cooperation with the UIC;
- the topic of “Organisation of traffic of large-tonnage containers between Europe and Asia in cooperation with UNESCAP, EЕC, UIC, CCTT and FIATA;
- developing freight traffic that applies the CIM/SMGS consignment note in cooperation with ENESCAP, UNECE, UIC, CCTT, CIT and FIATA;
- the joint UNESCAP-OSJD projects in cooperation with the EEC, UIC, CCTT and FIATA with participation of experts of the OSJD Commission on Transport Policy and Development Strategy;
- agreeing the timetables and schedules for freight trains in international traffic by private railway companies;
- agreeing the volumes of goods carried in international traffic by private railway companies;
- updating the OSJD Leaflet R 407 “Technical-operational requirements for technical facilities in combined traffic”;
- updating the List of freight stations of OSJD railways in accordance with the OSJD Leaflet О 405 “Rules for developing and supporting the Directory of freight stations of OSJD railways” (II Edition) with participation of experts from the PWG on Coding and IT and in cooperation with the UIC;
- considering the OSJD Leaflet O+R 401 “General terms for registration and operation of private wagons in international traffic” taking into account the results of the revision of the PGW;
- updating the joint OSJD/UIC Leaflet O 402 “Regulations for the exchange and use of new generation freight wagons between railways with gauges of 1435 mm and 1520 mm” taking into account the results \the of the PGW revision;
- requesting the OSJD Railways of BC, BDZ Holding, MAV CJSC, LG, CFM, PKP, RZD JSC, CFR, CFR Marfa, ZSR, ZSSK Cargo, PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railway) and the OSJD Observers of DB AG (Germany) and ZS (Serbia) to consider the possibility of organising the meetings to agree on the tentative volumes of goods and terms of their carriage in export, import and transit traffic and the measures on the fulfillment within the framework of the OSJD Commission on freight traffic.
The Conference assigned the following tasks in the field of activities of the OSJD Commission on Passenger Traffic:
- to draft and agree on the timetable for passenger traffic, schemes for making up passenger train sets and allocate coaches in them for international traffic of the I group of railways for 2017/2018 and the II group of railways for 2018/2019;
- based on the drafted and agreed timetables of passenger trains in international traffic, to prepare and publish the international timetable for passenger trains “EuroAsia Rail” for 2018;
- to continue work:
- to update the Agreement on International Railway Passenger Tariff (MPT) in view of modifications and supplements made in the SMPS;
- on the topic of “Seat reservation systems, reference-information service of passengers and rendering of services”;
- to improve the Agreement on the “Rules for use of passenger coaches in international traffic” (PPW) and the PPW Rules.
The OSJD Railways are tasked to continue work to provide the scheduled running of international passenger trains throughout the route and jointly with border control and Customs authorities to organise timely handling of trains at the border checkpoints.
It is decided to support UNECE ITC Resolution 264 adopted on 21-24 February 2017 at the 79th session of the UNECE ITC, regarding international railway passenger traffic on the East – West route.
The OSJD Commission on passenger traffic is instructed to prepare proposals on the implementation of the 264 Resolution provisions adopted at the 79th session of the UNECE ITC with regard to international railway passenger traffic and consider them at the annual meeting of the OSJD Commission on passenger traffic (October 2017) with participation of representatives from the OSJD Commission on infrastructure and rolling stock.
The following decisions concerning this item should be submitted to the ХLV session of the Ministers Conference for adoption:
“The Ministers Conference decided as follows:
- To confirm their adherence to UNECE ITC Resolution 264 with regard to international railway passenger traffic between East and West, which was adopted on 21-24 February 2017 at the 79th session of the Inland Transport Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
- To task the OSJD Cpmmission on transport policy and strategic development to take part in the developemnt of proposals on the implementation of Resolution 264of the 79th session of the UNECE ITC with regard to international railway passenger traffic”.
Within the OSJD Commission on Infrastructure and Rolling Stock, it was decided to approve the OSJD Leaflet: О+R 540 “Technical requirements for rolling stock brakes circulating in freight trains up to 120 km/h and passenger trains up to 200 km/h” （Edition III dated 21.04.2017), and cancel Edition II of Leaflet О+R 540 dated 12.11.1999.
The Commission was tasked to continue its work in 2017 on the topics as follows:
- “Gauges and dimensions of rolling stock in international traffic with due regard to interoperability”;
- “Railway track and engineering structures”;
- “Signalling, interlocking and communication networks”;
- “Power supply and power traction”;
- “Railway rolling stock. technical requirements for its elements”;
- “Participation of the railway companies concerned in the review of the joint OSJD/UIC leaflets included in the priority list and their transformation into draft international standards of voluntary accession in the field of railway transport”. In respect of this topic, the OSJD Committee is tasked to carry out an analysis before 2 June 2017 after negotiations with ISO in order to identify the aspects of cooperation with technical committees of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Committee) and ISO to make recommendations for the CGD members with regard to further cooperation with the organisations mentioned above.
Within the Permanent Working Group on Coding and IT a decision was taken to continue work on the topics as follows:
- «Coding and IT”;
- “Paperless technology of carriage of goods in international railway traffic”;
- “Security and safety of information resources and information-telecommunications infrastructure”;
- Information support of freight and passenger traffic. Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TAF TSI and TAP TSI)”;
- “OSJD Website”.
It was decided to approve the continuation of work on the implementation of projects with regard to information support in the course of international railway freight traffic, which includes as follows:
- data information of the SMGS consignment note;
- data information of the CIM/SMGS consignment note;
- data information on the train;
- data information of other documents applied in the SMGS regime;
- data information of the accompanying documents (invoice/bill, packing note).
The OSJD Railways of BDZ Holding, CFM and CFM-Marfa are invited to join the project on information support international railway freight traffic.
It was decided to continue work on recognition and application of electronic transport documents with the electronic digital signature/electronic signature in trans-border traffic between the railways of the OSJD member countries in accordance with the agreements concluded.
With regard to the Permanent Working Group on Finance and Accounting issues, it was decided as follows:
- to continue work of the PWG FA on updates of the current Agreement on the rules for accounting in international passenger and freight traffic and the Rules for accounting in international passenger and freight traffic in view of today’s operating conditions of railway transportанспорта, improvement of technologies and reduction of time periods of accounting for carriage in international railway traffic;
- to task the group of PRG FA experts to complete the revision of the Agreement on the rules for accounting in international railway passenger and freight traffic and the Rules for accounting in international passenger and freight traffic in view of participation of multiple parties from one country and taking into consideration the requirements of provisions of the SMGS, SMPS, PGV and PPW, and if necessary, to organise an additional meeting of the Partiers to the Agreement on the rules for accounting in international passenger and freight traffic at the OSJD Committee.
The OSJD Committee is tasked to do as follows within a week after the approval of comprehensive modifications and supplements:
- to send the OSJD members an information letter about the entry into force of the Agreement on the rules for accounting in international railway passenger and freight traffic with comprehensive modifications and supplements, about the possibility and terms of accession of potential parties to the Agreement on the rules for accounting in international passenger and freight traffic.
- to publish the Agreement on the rules for accounting in international railway passenger and freight traffic and the terms of accession of potential parties to the Agreement on the rules for accounting in international passenger and freight traffic on the OSJD Website.
- to continue cooperation with the UIC on finance and accounting issues.
The Conference of General Directors took note of the information on “Progress of work of the International Conference on adoption of the text of the Convention on Direct International Railway Traffic”.
The Conference approved the “Report on the progress of work of the Ad Hoc Working Group for vocational education/training in the field of railway traffic in March 2016 – March 2017” and adopted a number of proposals for consideration and adoption at the ХLV session of the OSJD Ministers Conference in June 2017.
The OSJD Committee was tasked as follows:
- to hold seminars/conferences on this topic on a regular basis with invitation of all the organisations concerned;
- to conduct negotiations on the OSJD platform with other international organisations concerned in order to elaborate joint educational programs (upgrade of qualification) on the issues of organisation of multi-modal and combined traffic, focusing on the development of Eurasian transport links.
The Conference considered the statement made by the Government of the Republic of Korea with regard to accession to the OSJD as a member, and due to lack of unanimity it could not submit a recommendation to session ХLV of the OSJD Ministers Conference to admit the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea as an OSJD member.
According to the decision of the XXXI the CGD Conference, the status of OSJD Affiliated Enterprise was granted to the following companies and institutes:
- INTERTRANS JSC, Moscow, Russia;
- SINOTRANS Co., Ltd, Beijing, People’s Republic of China;
- China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co., Ltd., Chengdu, People’s Republic of China;
- Beijing University of Railways, Beijing, People’s Republic of China;
- South-West University of Railways, Chengdu, People’s Republic of China;
- Unified Transport Logistics Company (UTLC JSC), Moscow, Russia.
The Conference adopted the provisional agenda for CGD meeting XXXIII and accepted with gratitude the invitation of General Director of the State-Owned Company “Vietnamese Railway” Mr. Vu Ta Tung to hold CGD meeting XXXIII in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 16 till 20 April 2018.