Extracts from the press conference by Siim Kallas on the adoption by the EC of proposals for a 4th Railway Package
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 30/01/2013 First transmission: 30/01/2013
On 30 January 2013, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, held a press conference on the proposals adopted by the Commission for a Fourth Railway Package.
The European Commission announced a comprehensive package of measures to deliver better quality and more choice in railway services in Europe. Rail is a vital part of EU transport, with a key role in addressing rising traffic demand, congestion, fuel security and decarbonisation. But many European rail markets are currently facing stagnation or decline.
Faced with this reality, the Commission is proposing far reaching measures to encourage more innovation in EU railways by opening EU domestic passenger markets to competition, as well as substantial accompanying technical and structural reforms.
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||Cutaway of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport
||SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that we need rapid action on 2 fronts; we need to create joined up infrastructure - better linkages between national networks to create a truly European system, and we need a real internal market for rail services; between them, they will bring greater efficiency and a greater degree of innovation.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that to achieve that, the EC proposes action in three areas: standards and approvals that work; to save time and costs, trains and rolling stock should be built to a single standard and certified once to run everywhere in Europe; for rail companies there should be a single safety certificate allowing them to operate Europe-wide.
||SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that a structure that delivers, to provide fair access to the tracks, and pan-European routes that work - the two functions of managing the tracks and running the trains should be kept separate - open markets that provide better quality and more choice; to encourage innovation and efficiency, domestic passenger railways should be opened up to new entrants and services.
||SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that there has been no compromise on basic concepts; there has been some flexibility in means and that is the main issue; this is a quite radical package and we have of course a long way ahead of us but still this package is a good one.
||Siim Kallas leaving the press room