“RAIL MARKET OPENING: UNFINISHED BUSINESS, WHAT NEXT?”
Successive rounds of EU rail reform have continued to leave scope for former rail monopolies to stifle competition and innovation. Rail newcomers are often frustrated in their efforts to set up new routes and offer new types of services. It is not only customers that are losing out, but society as a whole, with rail failing to increase its modal share and fulfil its central role in cutting CO2 emissions and reducing congestion. What action can be taken to overcome the limitations of rail market opening legislation, boost competition and deliver the lower costs, higher quality and innovation customers expect?
DATE: Tuesday 7th March 2017
VENUE: Hotel Le Plaza, Bld Adolphe Max 118-126, Brussels
ERFA Seminar: “Rail market opening: unfinished business. What next?”
What future for investments in rail?
Dominique Riquet, MEP, Vice-Chair of the Transport & Tourism committee in the European Parliament, President of Long Term Investment Intergroup
Open data - today’s limits on availability and accessibility of rail data
Tomi Lapinlampi, Chief expert on open data policy, Finnish Transport Agency
Erich Forster, CEO Westbahn
How can access to facilities be improved to support a more competitive rail sector?
Duncan Clark, Head of Strategic Development GB Railfreight
Time for a crackdown on anti-competitive behaviour in the rail sector?
Gert-Jan Koopman, Deputy Director General – DG Competition, State Aid
Sian Prout, Head of Unit, DG MOVE, "Single European Rail Area"
18.30 – 21.00
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