Study on "The European Rail Freight Market - Competitive Analysis and Recommendations" Source - ECM Ventures
In connection with ERFA celebrating its 20th anniversary, ERFA tasked ECM Ventures to conclude a study on the current status of liberalization, its effects on the rail freight market and remaining hurdles which have to be overcome in order for rail freight to be able to play its necessary role as the most sustainable means of freight transportation. The findings of this study, along with keynote speeches and a panel discussion, were presented to policy makers and business representatives during ERFAs annual event on 24 March 2022.
24/3/2022 - Press Release - Building the Conditions for the Success of a Liberalized Rail Freight Market
The liberalisation process has fundamentally changed, diversified and internationalized the European Rail Freight Market. Challengers have increased their market share on average in European Countries from 17% (2007) to an average market share of 48% (2021) and subsequently represent almost half of the EU rail market. In light of this trend, ERFA has identified different action fields on infrastructure, technological and competition policy which are crucial to secure fair competition and give Railway Undertakings, and especially challengers, support to efficiently contribute to modal shift and the targets of The Green Deal and European Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy.
On 16 March, the European Commission concluded its public consultation on the revision of the State Aid Guidelines for Railway Undertakings. What is already known is that the Guidelines are in need of modernization and a revision is therefore essential. ERFA believes it is important that the correct approach is adopted to this revision process so as to ensure the revised Guidelines play a constructive role in supporting a diverse and competitive European rail freight market.