The end of the European Year of Rail 2021 and launch of the European Year of Youth 2022

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 14 Jan 2022

The European Year of Rail 2021 comes to an end

The European Year of Rail has come to an end, but it is important to ensure the rail momentum lasts beyond 2021. On that note, on 14 December 2021 the European Commission adopted a new Action Plan to continue to put EU rail on the right track. The Action Plan to boost long-distance and cross-border passenger rail services, combined with changes to the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) to increase high-speed rail capacity, and new European Investment Bank (EIB) support for investment in rail, are preparing the ground for a real renaissance in rail. 

This Action Plan aims to help achieve Europe’s strategic milestones of doubling high-speed rail traffic by 2030 and tripling it by 2050. It is part of a package of measures for efficient and green mobility that also includes a proposal to adapt the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) to ensure better and faster rail connections across the continent.

Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, said: “Rail is one of the most sustainable modes of transport we have. And yet, this potential risks going to waste – cross-border trips account for just 7% of the kilometres travelled by train. This Action Plan will help us make rail a more attractive option for long and cross-border journeys. We have identified the main barriers, from redundant national rules to complicated ticketing and the slow uptake of digital technologies. Today we are setting out how to take down these barriers, with passengers being the real winners.”

The final #EUYearofRail newsletter may found here, and includes:

  • Links to further information on the new Action Plan
  • The latest news on developments within Rail
  • Rail initiatives and events to get involved with


Launch of the European Year of Youth 2022

2022 marks the launch of the European Year of Youth, and the dedicated European Youth Portal section is now active. The page provides a range of opportunities to learn, share, discover others’ visions, and take part in activities all over Europe.

On top of finding information about the European Year of Youth 2022 initiative and how the EU aims at honouring and supporting European youth, the page outlines European Year of Youth related events and activities all over Europe, in the interactive map of activities. 

The News Section contains the latest on European youth, and the Voices of Young Europeans section will allow you to explore what young European journalists have to say, as well as get inspired by young people all over Europe, read their views and hopes for the future. 

A Youth policy section is also on the way, where all the existing and new European policies related to youth will be available, in order for young people to see what Europe does for them.

The Year of Youth page can be found here.

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