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Commission acts to ensure full implementation of rail legislation

Date

08 Oct 2009

Sections

Transport

Europe’s independent rail infrastructure managers (EIM) welcome the European Commission’s continued push to enforce EU railway laws, as the EU executive today sent formal letters to 21 countries requiring them to bring their railway systems into line with European rules.

EIM supports this demonstration of the Commission’s will to act to ensure the implementation of the First Railway Package, a set of legislation that is essential for creating competition in the European railway market and ensuring that rail remains competitive during the economic downturn.

EIM Secretary General Michael Robson said “The challenges posed to the railways by the current financial crisis make it even more vital that Europe act forcefully to ensure that rail operators can maintain their competitive edge. Across Europe, the rail freight sector has posted a fall of 36% compared to the same quarter in 2008. Action is needed to ensure that the most sustainable transport mode remains competitive” […]

Please read the full story in the attached press release from EIM.

Patrick Keating

Public Affairs Manager

European Rail Infrastructure Managers

Rue de la Loi, 28

B 1040 Brussels

Tel: +32 2 234 37 70

Fax: +32 2 234 37 79

patrick.keating@eimrail.org

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