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Public consultation on the evaluation of Directive 2007/59/EC on the certification of train drivers operating locomotives and trains on the railway system in the Community

Consultation period: 3/03/2016 - 27/05/2016 10/06/2016

Results (will be published soon)

See also: Stakeholders meeting on the evaluation of the Directive 2007/59/EC on the certification of train drivers (1 July 2016)

This consultation will last for 12 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 27 May 10 June 2016 at the very latest.

Using the questionnaire

You can answer this questionnaire either in own personal capacity or on behalf of an organisation, public authority, industry representative or other stakeholder.

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In accordance with Regulation 45/2001 , all personal data collected through this survey will be kept securely and will ultimately be destroyed.

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Questions and answers

Contributions may be submitted in any official language.

To facilitate dissemination of views, you may consider submitting your contribution, or a summary thereof, in the English language. The responder information and multiple choice questions are required. If any of the corresponding mandatory fields have not been filled in, the system will redirect you to the incomplete answer before allowing submission.

Structure of this questionnaire

This online questionnaire is divided into 3 parts:

  • Part I: Identification of the respondents
  • Part II: Questions on the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, coherence and EU-added value of the Directive 2007/59  
  • Part III: Other questions

Background information

The main objective of the Directive 2007/59/EC on the certification of train drivers (hereafter 'the Directive') is to facilitate the mobility of train drivers in the context of the increasing opening of the railway market while at least maintaining the current safety levels. The Directive lays down conditions and procedures for the certification (which includes driver licences and complementary driver certificates, hereafter referred to as 'licences' and 'certificates') of train drivers operating rolling stock on the railway system of the EU. It also specifies the tasks of competent authorities in the Member States, train drivers and other stakeholders such as railway undertakings and infrastructure managers.

According to Article 33 of the Directive the European Railway Agency (ERA) shall submit a report to the Commission before the end of October 2013, which evaluates the development of the driver certification scheme and also identifies problem areas.  Based on this report, the Commission shall take appropriate measures and propose, if necessary, changes to the Directive. The report, which is a first assessment of the implementation of the Directive, shows the benefits of the certification system but it also reveals its difficulties, inconsistencies and weaknesses, for example a number of provisions in the Directive are not clear, outdated, or regarded as insufficient/incomplete; this leads to problems in the implementation and/or to different application of the rules in Member States. During the evaluation these issues will be investigated in further detail.

Objective of the consultation

In the frame of the present evaluation, a public consultation will ensure that all stakeholders (National Safety Authorities, railway undertakings and infrastructure managers or bodies acting on their behalf, train drivers and organisations representing train drivers and social partners etc.) as well as any interested citizen have the opportunity to provide the Commission with their opinion on the Directive and its application. It will also aim at covering elements not addressed by the report produced by ERA, i.e. the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU-added value of the Directive.

More specifically, the goal of the public consultation is to

  • collect views and opinions on the implementation of the Directive
  • gather factual information on what works well and where is still room for improvement, and
  • collect data and knowledge about the impacts of the Directive.

The scope of the public consultation will cover

  • effectiveness of the intervention
  • efficiency in relation to the costs incurred and benefits expected 
  • relevance in relation to the identified problem it aims to address, form of intervention and coverage
  • coherence with the general EU objectives and with co-existing EU transport legislation
  • EU added value compared to what could have been achieved by Member State action.

Transparency and confidentiality

Please note that contributions received from this survey, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the European Commission's website, unless the contributor objects to publication of the personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his or her legitimate interests. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.

Explanations about the protection of personal data

The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000

Important notice

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Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representative of the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.

Consultation material

Directive 2007/59/EC on the certification of train drivers operating locomotives and trains on the railway system in the Community

Report of the European Railway Agency on the development of the certification of train drivers in accordance with article 33 of Directive 2007/59/EC

Register of interested representative