Judgment of the Court of Justice of the EU in the cases Commission v Hungary (C-473/10), Commission v Spain (C-483/10), Commission v Austria (C-555/10), and Commission v Germany (C-556/10) on Transport
End production: 28/02/2013 First transmission: 28/02/2013
On 28 February 2013, Jean-Claude Bonichot, Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU, and Rosario Silva de Lapuerta, Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU, read the judgements in the joined cases C-473/10 Commission v Hungary, C-483/10 Commission v Spain, C-555/10 Commission v Austria and C-556/10 Commission v Germany on Transport.
The Court stated that Hungary and Spain have failed to comply with their obligations under European Union law in the field of rail transport. On the other hand, Austrian and German rail transport legislation complies with EU law. As a result of the liberalisation of the railway sector in the EU, Member States are required to ensure that undertakings operating in that sector enjoy equitable and non-discriminatory access to the rail network. In that context, the exercise of functions regarded as essential may no longer be performed by the Member States’ railway undertakings that have traditionally done so but must be entrusted to independent managers. Those functions comprise, essentially, the granting of licences to railway undertakings giving them access to the rail network, the allocation of train paths and the determination of the charges to be paid by transport undertakings for use of the network.
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||Exterior view of the European Court of Justice, in Luxembourg
||Judges at the Court of Justice of the EU entering the courtroom
||Soundbite by Rosario Silva de Lapuerta, Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU, (in FRENCH) reading the judgment in case C-473/10 Commission v Hungary
||Soundbite by Rosario Silva de Lapuerta (in SPANISH) reading the judgment in case C-483/10 Commission v Spain
||Soundbite by Jean-Claude Bonichot, Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU, (in GERMAN) reading the judgment in case C-555/10 Commission v Austria
||Soundbite by Jean-Claude Bonichot (in GERMAN) reading the judgment in case C-556/10 Commission v Germany
||General views of the courtroom (2 shots)