Brussels, 22/10/2014 (Agence Europe) - The European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has warned that if the technical pillar were separated from the political pillar, the 4th railway package would be destroyed. ERFA represents new railway service market entrants.
ERFA used a variety of arguments to explain why rail reform had to be carried out as a whole, despite the fact that different parties would like an agreement to be found soon on the technical pillar (which has already been the subject of a European Parliament and European Council position), so that new rules can be applied more quickly.
The new market entrants believe that getting rid of technical barriers without getting rid of political barriers would have a negative impact on rail competitiveness and would put the sector in a weaker position compared to that for other modes of transport. ERFA believes that an agreement on the technical pillar before the political pillar would leave the market dominated by a few major players. ERFA argued that market consolidation is not in the interest of consumers and also highlighted the need for financial transparency in railway undertakings and ensuring efficient infrastructure management.
The president of the transport Parliamentary committee, Michael Cramer (Greens/EFA, Germany) and the future Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, have confirmed their intention to negotiate railway reform as a package. (MD)
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