EC adopts proposals for a 4th Railway Package:
Extracts from the press conference by Siim KALLAS, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport
Première transmission: 30/01/2013
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 30/01/2013
The European Commission today 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 actions 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, we propose 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: Then 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. I really think that 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