COVID-19 news

COVID-19 news

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic and governments worldwide adopted wide-ranging measures to contain the spread of the virus.

Keeping European mobility operational during such critical times is key. Railways did their utmost to keep essential freight and passenger services running, while protecting their customers and staff. This short video produced on the occasion of the 2021 European Railway Award shows that when Covid-19 brought the world to a standstill, rail kept us moving!

CER continues to closely monitor the economic impact of the pandemic on rail operations. In collaboration with all our members, we collect data in particular on the financial losses, the effects of which will require considerable EU-level as well as national support for transport. 

On this page, you can find all our latest news and related information. You can also follow us on Twitter @CER_Railways.

CER and joint communications

CER was also a partner in the CEEP Platform "Services of General Interest facing COVID-19", which provided coordination and examples of how SGI providers from all sectors across Europe contributed to fighting COVID-19 (launched 26 March 2020)

EU response

For relevant information from the European Commission, visit their ‘COVID’ webpages below:

For rail-related legislative updates linked to COVID-19, you can also visit the CER Railway Law Portal. Simply enter the keyword ‘covid’ into the search function.

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