The IRG-Rail is represented by a Chair and a Vice-Chair. The Chair has a term of one year, whereas before serving his or her term as Chair, he or she shall first serve one year as Vice-Chair.

Every year the Plenary Assembly appoints a person who shall act as Vice-Chair in the following year and Chair in the year after that. A candidate must be the head (meaning chairperson, board member, president, vice-president or any other similar senior executive) of a Regulatory Body and be appointed by the Regulatory Body.

Apart from representing the IRG-Rail, the Chair or the Vice-Chair convenes ordinary and extraordinary (at the request of at least a quarter of its Members) meetings of the Plenary Assembly and submits the draft annual Work Programme to the Plenary Assembly for approval.

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