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14th Gare Européenne et Solidarité Steering Committee


Swedish station owner Jernhusen signs the European Charter


Gare Européenne et Solidarité at the FEANTSA Policy Conference 2015 in Paris


13th CODIR of the Charter

The Charter

The European Charter for the development of social initiatives in train stations was signed the 29 October 2008, in the Council Hall of Palazzo Valentini, the seat of the Province of Rome, by representatives from the FS railway companies of Italy (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane), France (SNCF), Belgium (SNCB) and Luxembourg (CFL). The Charter was subsequently also signed by the Polish PKP and, on 2 February 2012, by the Portuguese CP, the Danish DSB, the Czech ČD, the Slovenian SŽ, the Rumanian CFR, the Bulgarian NRIC and the Norwegian NSB, at the presence of the EU Commissioner Lászlé Andor.

The Charter is based on the acknowledgement, by the companies operating in the railroad and urban transportation sectors, of the principles stated in the European Community's Green Book on the social responsibility of businesses, further integrated with those of the Lisbon Treaty.

"The concept of social responsibility of businesses means essentially that they will create their own initiatives to contribute to the improvement of society and a cleaner environment. (…) Even if they are primarily concerned with showing a profit, businesses can, at the same time, contribute to society and the protection of the environment, integrating social responsibility as a strategic investment into the framework of their business strategy, their management tools and their activities."

(From The Green Book of the European Commission to Promote a European Framework for Social Responsibility among Businesses, Brussels, July 2001)

In the context of a dynamic vision of sustainable development, the participants recognize that the social responsibility of companies operating in the railroad and urban transportation sectors is a value worth affirming, which must be taken into account in evaluating the validity of a company's plan.

Aware of their responsibility to society as a whole, the Signatories have formalized through the Charter a vision of their civic and social responsibilities, particularly regarding the management of social problems and existing railway companies safety regulations, with the conviction that tackling difficulties requires a common effort shared with a wide network of stakeholders, both public and private.


Europees Charter

La Carta Europea

The signature of the Charter
Signing the European Charter in Rome, on 29 October, 2008

La Charte Europeenne

The European Charter