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European Transport Regulation Observer – Competition in Passenger Railways in Europe

Author(s): FINGER Matthias; BERT Nadia; BOUCHARD Kathryn; KUPFER David

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ABSTRACT

Introducing competition to the railway market is a long and difficult process and it is still ongoing. The fourth railway package has been adopted making market opening in passenger railways mandatory in the upcoming years.
Therefore the debate is now evolving from a theoretical conversation to a very concrete debate on how to put a railway system based on competition into practice.
The Florence Railway Executive Seminar brought together the commissions’ Directorate General for Mobility (DG MOVE) as well as the Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP) to discuss with academics and sector representatives. Experts in competition law and experts in sector specific regulation brought forward many different ideas of how competition regulation in railways might actually look like.

The European Transport Regulation Observer is a series of Policy Briefs aimed at highlighting some of the most interesting issues and remarks of the Florence Forums from the perspective of applied research, providing the readers with some news on the topic and additional suggestion for further readings. The 14th Florence Rail Forum brought together a group of relevant stakeholders, decision makers and academics to discuss this topic from a European perspective.

Please direct all comments and remarks to FSR.Transport@eui.eu