* Postponed untill Spring 2022 * 


Back on Track Belgium vzw-asbl invites you to its conference on the future of night trains in Europe on the 2nd December in conference center L42, Rue de la  Loi 42 Brussels.  


It will be a day to immerse yourself in the future: What will the night trains of tomorrow look like? Which lines can be opened? How can we ensure the sustainability of this mode of transport? What obstacles have been removed to extend the European network? Why is Brussels the perfect hub for this network?

In a few words, a day dedicated to (re)thinking the future of night trains together with experts, ngo's, railway industry representativees...  

This event is an official event in the framework of the European Year of Rail!











- Postponed untill Spring 2022- 

09h00 Welcoming of participants

09h30 Keynote speech 


Keynote speech by Georges Gilkinet, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mobility and the National Railway Company of Belgium 

09h50 #Hub4Brussels

The vision of Back on Track Belgium about how Brussels van become once more a hub for the future night train traffic in Europe

10h15  Panel and Q&A: Night trains as a factor of development and opening up cities and regions of Europe

  • Mélissa Hanus (Member of the Belgian Federal Parliament )

  • Sigurd Vangermeersch (Deputy CEO Visit.Brussels)

  • Carlos Cipriano (Journalist for el Publico)

  • Václav Brejška (City of Prague)

11h15  coffee break

11h30 Panel and Q&A: private initiatives

  • Elmer van Buuren (European Sleeper, NL)

  • Kristof Blomme (VentureRail/Ostende Vienne Orient Experience bv, B)

  • Nicolas Debaisieux (Railcoop, FR)

  • Emil Frodlund (Member management board EPF)

12h30 Wrap-up of the morning sessions

  • Alberto Mazzola (Executive Director CER)

  • Nick Brooks (CEO Allrail)

12h40 Lunch Break

14h00 Panel and Q&A: The Economic environment of night trains

  • Erwin Kastberger (ÖBB Fernverkehr New Rail Business) 

  • Nick Brooks (CEO Allrail)

  • Benoit Vignon  (VP Rail & Retail on Board Development Newrest)

15h00 Panel and Q&A: Long distance travel in Europe: ticketing and passenger rights

  • Blaž Pongračič (Senior Policy Advisor CER)

  • Steven Berger (legal officer BEUC)

  • Alexander Gomme (Back on Track Belgium)

  • Michael Lacroix (Inventory & Distribution System Expert Thalys)

16h10 Closing speech by Karima Delli, Member of the European Parliament, Chairwoman of the European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee

16h30 Possibility for participants to talk to each other

17h00 End of the conference

At 19h30 there will be in the framework of EUROPALIA TRAINS & TRACKS Arts Festival a vernissage at Muntpunt Library in the city center of Brussels with a panel talk (NL, FR) and reception afterwards.

This evening is the official opening of the window exhibition of the poster contest winners and entries.

Details can be found at muntpunt.be.