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Railway packages

The White Paper of March 2011 proposes a strategy to revitalise the Community's railways by creating a sound financial basis, ensuring freedom of access to all traffic and public services and promoting the integration of national systems and social aspects.

In January 2013, the Commission adopted its proposals for a Fourth Railway Package covering the issues of rail governance, market opening for domestic passenger rail transport, competitive tendering for Public Service Obligations contracts and a new role for the European Railway Agency. In May and September 2012, the Commission organised stakeholder events to discuss its ideas for the Fourth Railway Package.