Facts & context

Since several years, the EU fosters multimodal networks via various policy and financial initiatives (e.g. White Papers, TEN-T guidelines, Juncker’s investment programme, European Commission’s C-ITS programme for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, etc.).

In addition, there is an increasing number of national Infrastructure Managers and regulators with a multimodal portfolio (rail, road, waterways).

In line with this trend, EIM and the Conference of European Directors of Road (CEDR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2014, which was renewed in 2017. The aims of the MoU are to:

  • increase the mutual sharing of knowledge;
  • present coherent messages to relevant EU institutions;
  • identify the challenges that intermodal transport faces.

EIM and CEDR share information and knowledge related to developments and activities in the EU law making process as well as on priorities, activities and results of research and innovation in rail, road and transport infrastructure.

Infrastructure Managers are expected to increasingly offer interconnected and seamless end-to-end services. Multimodal approaches in terms of customer service, best practice, interface planning, joint charging, door-to-door infrastructure, etc. will require improved co-operation between different modes of transport and their Infrastructure Managers. Several members of EIM are already multimodal.

EIM in action

  • Since the signature of the MoU in 2014, CEDR and EIM identified different work streams and cooperation opportunities;
  • CEDR and EIM continue to exchange across various business activities of their respective members;
  • CEDR and EIM closely monitor upcoming opportunities in the next EU work programme (White Paper Transport 2020).


  • In 2019, EIM and CEDR took part in the joint innovation initiative “Infrastructure for the Future” (i4Df) under the EU R&D programme Horizon Europe;
  • EIM and CEDR also exchanged on obstacles to international transport and potential research opportunities.

Outlook 2020

EIM and CEDR will:

  • continue their high-level exchange;
  • strive to cooperate on operational and other issues, in line with the evolution of the EU work programme and the needs of their members;
  • seek to engage in a dialogue with other modes of transport.
Strategic Vision