The recent suggestion of Belgian minister of Transport, Mr François Bellot, to revert to the situation before the rail unbundling implemented in 2005 raises serious concerns regarding the impartiality of the infrastructure manager. To accelerate the growth of the European Rail Freight market, and to ensure the true completion of the single European Railway Area, it is crucial that infrastructure managers stay and, in some cases, finally become independent and impartial.
On 19th of July 2019 the state owned Slovakian Cargo rail company has been condemned for abuse of dominant position for having refused to sell/lease rolling stock. It happened after 10 years judicial proceedings. Penalties for such unacceptable attitude are too low and delays too long. Read the ERFA press release for more details.