Press release

IRG Rail Plenary Assembly held in Bonn on 23 and 24 May 2023

IRG-Rail’s Plenary Assembly met for its spring session in Bonn, chaired by Dr. Annegret Groebel and Prof. Dr. Karsten Otte from Bundesnetzagentur, Germany’s Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway. The President Klaus Müller gave a welcome speech addressing the representatives of 22 Regulatory Bodies on site and 8 connected remotely.

In addition to reports from the Working Groups on the delivery of the work programme 2023 and the next planned activities, the IRG-Rail members addressed current developments in the railway sector and within IRG-Rail.

The Plenary adopted the following documents:

  •  IRG Rail’s Views on the European Commission initiative to better manage and coordinate European rail capacity and traffic management;
  • Guidelines Service Facilities Description;
  • Update of the table on time limits set for answering capacity requests according to Art. 9 (1) of the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2177 on the access to service facilities and rail related service facilities.

Ahead of the Plenary Assembly, the 11th Annual Market Monitoring Report was adopted by an electronic voting procedure.

All four reports are published on this website (

The Plenary also elected Dragica Flam of the Croatian regulator HAKOM as new Co-Chair for the Access to Service Facilities Group.

The next IRG-Rail Plenary Assembly will be held in Berlin in November 2023.