posted on Aug, 3 2013 @ 05:50 PM
There is also activity in EU for liberalisation of the railway market
And yes there is EU background as well.
The European Commission is proposing to open domestic rail passenger markets to competition by 2019 to complete the European railway market. Views
differ amongst transport committee MEPs, with fears that unprofitable lines will be closed down.
The transport commissioner, Siim Kallas, presented the Fourth Railway Package to the transport and tourism committee on Tuesday. The six draft laws
are intended to complete the "Single European Railway Area" by harmonising technical provisions and giving all operators access to national rail
Financing: MEPs slam member states' hypocrisy
"We have all wanted more efficient railways for years but the member states are failing to transpose certain rules. As for the funding, I have
serious doubts, given the new multi-annual budget framework," said Mathieu Grosch (EPP, BE).
Vilja Savisaar (ALDE, ET) wondered: "What incentive is the Commission providing in order to stimulate investment in infrastructure?" while Ramon
Tramosa (ALDE, ES) called for more European money to fund the transeuropean core network. Faced with budget cuts, "I wonder what our true ambition
is," said Karim Zéribi (Greens/EFA, FR), if it's not liberalisation at any price.
Public service and railway staff
"Combining freedom of access to the market with public service contracts risks creating 'cherry picking', that is concentrating services on
profitable lines," warned Said El Khadraoui (S&D, BE), "but for passengers, the only thing that counts is a reliable service, even on less
heavily-used lines." Ayala Sender (S&D, ES) pointed to the "major challenge of finding an acceptable solution for railway workers."
The discussions in Parliament will continue once the rapporteurs are appointed, with a public hearing to be held in May or June. The member states
will debate the Commission's proposal on 11 March.
The European rail infrastructure CEOs discuss about the rail sector’s future
Publication date: 12 June 2013
Author: Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)
Today in Zurich, chief executives from rail infrastructure companies discussed issues of key strategic and political importance to the European
railway sector. In particular, the CEOs recognised that the work of the rail infrastructure managers is at the heart of enhancing the rail network in
Europe, striving for better services to the benefit of rail transport customers and tax payers. Therefore, they pledge to reinforce this cooperation
in the future.
Jointly organised by the Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the association of European Rail Infrastructure
Managers (EIM), the annual meetings between the heads of rail infrastructure companies provide a platform for exchanging information and experiences
between rail infrastructure companies, real opportunity for sharing good practice, benchmarking opportunities and lead to joint projects and
At today’s meeting, the CEOs agreed that a stronger dialogue and cooperation between European rail infrastructure companies is necessary in order to
meet better the demands of the future. Therefore, they decided to set up a joint task force to identify opportunities for further enhancing the
effectiveness and efficiency of Europe’s rail infrastructure over time.
The main aim of this approach would be to help all rail infrastructure managers to achieve the necessary improvements in an accelerated way. Amongst
the examples for concrete cooperation are cross corridor coordination, longer and heavier trains for making best possible use of the available track
capacity, intermodality projects and benchmarking on key performance indicators, such as punctuality as well as also ERTMS deployment.
CER Executive Director Libor Lochman stated: “The annual meetings of rail infrastructure CEOs demonstrate that European topics are on the top of
their agendas, and are gaining in importance. These meetings are essential for exchanging views of best practice and allow us to find common solutions
for the benefit of the customers.“
EIM Executive Director Monika Heiming stated: “Today’s meeting was very fruitful for the railway sector: EU rail infrastructure leaders agreed to
start working together on a broader range of issues which will be beneficial for corridor and network deployment in the interest of our customers.”
The 2014 meeting of the rail infrastructure CEOs will be hosted by Trafikverket in Sweden.