The CIT’s objectives

The CIT’s tasks

The CIT helps railways implement international rail transport law. To achieve that, it draws up and maintains legal publications and boilerplate documents for international traffic by rail, standardises the contractual relationships between customers, carriers and infrastructure managers and represents the interests of carriers by rail vis-à-vis legislators and authorities. In addition, it provides regular briefings on legal issues and provides members with training courses and legal advice.

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Finance

Members of the CIT pay subscriptions to support the costs of the association in proportion to the volume of international passenger traffic (around € 24 per million passenger kilometres) and/or freight traffic (around € 7 per million net tonne kilometres) they move. The minimum annual subscription is approximately € 1 700. Each full member has one vote, independent of the level of his subscription.

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Legal expertise for the benefit of the railways

Legal expertise for the benefit of the railways [PDF]

The new CIT presentation leaflet. Discover our services and the benefits that you can draw on through membership.
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How the work is organised

The annual General Assembly decides the strategic objectives, approves the budget and the annual accounts and elects the committees. The Executive Committee is the body which directs the operations and administration and oversees the Secretary General. The General Secretariat employs five in-house lawyers, two railway experts and two secretaries. The main working bodies of the CIT are the CIV Committee (passenger traffic), CIM Committee (freight traffic) and the CUI Committee (use of infrastructure). Working groups prepare recommendations for approval by the committees.

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History


Shortly after the Convention concerning the International Carriage of Goods by Rail came into force at the beginning of 1893, the railway companies of the majority of the Member States thought it necessary to co-operate more closely to facilitate the practical implementation of the convention. The International Rail Transport Committee was founded in 1902.
The overriding objective of the association was to help railways apply the convention concerning the carriage of goods consistently and then subsequently likewise for the parallel convention on the carriage of passengers and luggage (which entered into force in 1928).

To achieve this, the CIT drew up standard instructions to augment and explain the legal texts, set up various agreements to define the legal relationships between the railways and produced practical instructions for the use of staff in the field.

The CIT also contributed significantly to the work of revising the conventions as that from time to time became necessary.

The management of the CIT, undertaken by the Austrian State Railways until 1914, was taken over by the Swiss Federal Railways in 1921.

The two world wars and the other political events which shook Europe during the twentieth century seriously disrupted the application of international rail transport law. Nevertheless each time, once circumstances permitted, the CIT worked together with other international organisations to re-establish legal certainty.

Over the last few decades, political, economic, technical and legal evolution has required the activities of the organisation to become even more diversified. These developments culminated at the end of the last century with the most significant reform ever made to international railway law - to make COTIF compatible with Directive 91/440/EEC on the development of the European Union's railways.

The CIT was set up as a legal entity in its own right in 2004; it is now an association under Swiss law and is based in Bern.

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Files

Statutes
Statutes
Jan. 1, 2017

CIT Statutes

The International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) is an association under Swiss law. It is a legal entity in its own right and is based in Bern. The objectives of the CIT are:

a) to transpose and to apply the international law of carriage by rail, and in particular the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) in a standardised way;

b) within that framework, to develop close working relationships between members, to represent the interests of members, to provide other services (advice, training, organisation of events, etc).

Applicable with effect from 1 January 2005 / Edition 1 January 2017

10 pages

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CIT Statutes

The International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) is an association under Swiss law. It is a legal entity in its own right and is based in Bern. The objectives of the CIT are:

a) to transpose and to apply the international law of carriage by rail, and in particular the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) in a standardised way;

b) within that framework, to develop close working relationships between members, to represent the interests of members, to provide other services (advice, training, organisation of events, etc).

Applicable with effect from 1 January 2005 / Edition 1 January 2017

10 pages

Financial Regulation
Financial Regulation
July 1, 2007

Financial Regulation

This regulation sets down how the finances of the International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) are to be managed.

Applicable with effect from 1 July 2007 / Edition 13 December 2010

6 pages

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Financial Regulation

This regulation sets down how the finances of the International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) are to be managed.

Applicable with effect from 1 July 2007 / Edition 13 December 2010

6 pages

Competition law guidelines
Competition law guidelines
Sept. 17, 2015

Competition law guidelines

These guidelines aim to make sure that the CIT and its Members act in conformity with competition law when working for the association. The guidelines are aimed at the staff of the General Secretariat and members of the CIT’s bodies.

Applicable with effect from 17 September 2015

3 pages

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Competition law guidelines

These guidelines aim to make sure that the CIT and its Members act in conformity with competition law when working for the association. The guidelines are aimed at the staff of the General Secretariat and members of the CIT’s bodies.

Applicable with effect from 17 September 2015

3 pages

Annual report 2015
Annual report 2015
Jan. 18, 2017

CIT Annual Report

English version of the 2015 Annual Report.

May 2016

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CIT Annual Report

English version of the 2015 Annual Report.

May 2016

Annual report 2014
Annual report 2014
Jan. 18, 2017

CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2014 Annual Report.

May 2015

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CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2014 Annual Report.

May 2015

Annual Report 2013
Annual Report 2013
May 23, 2014

CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2013 Annual Report.

May 2013

52 pages

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CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2013 Annual Report.

May 2013

52 pages

Annual report 2012
Annual report 2012
May 27, 2013

CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2012 Annual Report.

30 April 2013

66 pages

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CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2012 Annual Report.

30 April 2013

66 pages

Annual report 2011
Annual report 2011
May 8, 2012

CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2011 Annual Report.

30 April 2012

68 pages

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CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2011 Annual Report.

30 April 2012

68 pages

Annual Report 2010
Annual Report 2010
April 30, 2011

CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2010 Annual Report.

30 April 2011

64 pages

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CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2010 Annual Report.

30 April 2011

64 pages

Annual Report 2009
Annual Report 2009
May 1, 2010

CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2009 Annual Report.

May 2010

66 pages

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CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2009 Annual Report.

May 2010

66 pages

Annual Report 2008
Annual Report 2008
May 1, 2009

CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2008 Annual Report.

May 2009

66 pages

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CIT Annual Report

Three language version of the 2008 Annual Report.

May 2009

66 pages