MEPs Welcomes Railway Package Proposals

MEPs has welcomed the Commissions Railway package nominated proposals which were put forward on 30th January.

Designed to complete the Single European Railway market, they will open up domestic passenger traffic to more competition as well as ensure full interoperability which will be overseen by independent regulators whilst on a Eurpoean network.

Transport and Tourism Committee chair Brian Simpson said: We want the operators to be able to run trains across the continent without technical or administrative barriers which undermine the internal market.


To remove them, we need an increased role for the European Railway Agency.
Avoid cherry picking

El Khadraoui believes the debate will focus on the opening of the domestic passenger market and the public service obligations as well as thinking that certain necessities must be put in place in order to prevent cherry-picking by new entrants who are interested only in taking the most frequented and thus more profitable lines.

Create sustainable jobs

Mathieu Grosch has expressed expectations in controversy over some of the proposals currently set in stone.


Matheiu said: Making the railway sector more efficient is key.


The EPP Group is committed to establishing a well-functioning Single European Railway Area where cross-border competition can develop without being hampered by restrictive national rules.

For us, ultimately, the goal is to create sustainable jobs in the railway sector and improve public service.


Take everybody into account
Roberts Zile has went forward and welcomed the overall package, but has expressed worries that different factors havent been taken into consideration from different parts of Europe.


Roberts said: Special market conditions and technical particularities of parts of the European rail network with different gauge sizes, such as the Baltic States and Finland have not been properly taken into account, with regard to technical inoperability requirements and competition rules.
In the next few weeks, political groups are set to get together and assign Transport Committee rapporteurs before beginning expert hearings and debates.


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