EPIC story

What’s in a name? Learn more about SNCF EPIC.

Serving the public

Under French law, SNCF is an Établissement Public Industriel et Commercial—a public service company with a commercial and industrial mission, owned by the French State.

  • SNCF EPIC was originally created in 1983 by France’s Domestic Transport Act (LOTI). As an EPIC, SNCF is in good company: the Cité de la musique, RATP, Comédie Française and the French military’s procurement and services unit all have the same legal structure.
  • France’s Rail Reform Act of 4 August 2014 created the new SNCF—a unified public rail company combining three EPICs: SNCF EPIC, SNCF Mobilités EPIC and SNCF Réseau EPIC.

A flexible structure
tailored to our business

SNCF Group and its three EPICs are owned by a single shareholder—the French State—and the 155,000 men and women employed by the EPICs are subject to special employment status and special provisions under French law.

SNCF Group is the union of the three EPICs and their various companies in our five business units. These subsidiary companies are responsible for their own growth and development in an increasingly competitive market.