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4th Railway Package - a missed opportunity to create a competitive level playing field between rail and other modes of transport.

4th Railway Package - a missed opportunity to create a competitive level playing field between rail and other modes of transport.

14-12-16

ERFA, representing new entrants in the rail market, regrets that the adoption of the political pillar of the 4th Railway Package postpones the urgent and much-needed reforms of the rail sector, endangering the attractiveness of rail for passengers and customers. 

Although the technical pillar of the 4th Railway Package is an important and overall positive step forward for the rail sector, the political pillar has been dominated by national and monopoly player egoisms, reinforcing the state-run rail companies’ position to the detriment of passengers and customers.

ERFA will actively work on the proper, full and timely enforcement of EU rules in order to best ensure that the basic conditions for an open rail market are met. We will also continue to strongly raise our voice against unlawful state aid and abuse of dominant position in the rail sector, bridging the existing gaps in the legislation in order to improve rail’s performance.