4th Railway Package – Statement Vice-President Siim Kallas
Europe's railways are approaching a very important junction. We face two choices. We have the opportunity to create a truly European railway network of tracks and routes which actually works. And alongside that an internal market for rail with common standards and far fewer barriers to competition. Trains would be able to run freely from Rotterdam to Genoa, from Paris to Bratislava and from Warsaw to Marseille. After decades of stagnation in many countries, rail will be able to grow again to the benefit of citizens, businesses and the environment. Or we can take the other track.
European Rail: Challenges Ahead
The Fourth Rail Package - The European Commission has adopted the 4th Railway Package made up of six legislative proposals focusing on four key areas (see IP/13/65). EU wide approvals: To save time and money for companies, trains and rolling stock should be built and certified once to run everywhere in Europe. There should be one safety certificate for companies so they can operate EU wide. A structure that works. To ensure the rail network is run in an efficient and non-discriminatory manner, the Commission is proposing to strengthen infrastructure managers and ensuring that the two functions of managing the tracks and running the trains should be kept apart. More access to the railway. To encourage innovation and efficiency, the Commission is proposing to open up domestic passenger railways to new entrants and services efficiency. A skilled workforce: A vibrant rail sector depends on a skilled and motivated workforce. The rail package ensures that Member States can go further to protect staff when public service contracts are transferred.