Commission staff working document: Impact Assessment

Commission staff working document: Impact Assessment, 2013

In its White Paper on transport policy the Commission announced its vision to establish a Single European Railway Area and clarified that this objective implies creating an internal railway market where European railway undertakings can provide services without unnecessary technical and administrative barriers.

The Commission proposes a 4th Railway Package in order to realise the Single European railway Area by removing the remaining obstacles of technical, regulatory and economic nature and fostering thereby the performance and competitiveness of the railway sector.

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A sustainable future for transport

European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, 2009

The present Communication refers to recent developments of the European Transport Policy (ETP) and outstanding issues. It looks at the future, identifying trends in transport drivers and the likely challenges they could pose to society. It proposes some intermediate policy objectives, which could be pursued to address the emerging challenges in the transport sector. It describes some available instruments and possible lines of intervention for achieving the stated objectives.

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EC White Paper 2011 “Roadmap to a single transport area”

European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, 2011

Building on the lessons learnt, this Roadmap takes a global look at developments in the transport sector, at its future challenges and at the policy initiatives that need to be considered. The Commission’s vision of future transport is presented in Part 2. Key measures to achieve it are outlined in Part 3, summarised in Annex I, and described in more detail in the accompanying staff working document.

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Transport infrastructures - TEN-T

European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, 2011

The Commission has adopted a proposal to transform the existing patchwork of European roads, railways, airports and canals into a unified transport network (TEN-T). The new core network will remove bottlenecks, upgrade infrastructure and streamline cross border transport operations for passengers and businesses throughout the EU. It will improve connections between different modes of transport and contribute to the EU's climate change objectives. TEN-T is an essential tool for transport policy to meet the overall target to reduce by 60% emissions from transport by 2050 (see "Transport 2050" white paper published earlier this year). At its heart the TEN-T network is a multi-modal transport network, facilitating a substantial the shift of passengers and freight from road to rail and other transport modes.

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Railway Safety Directive

European Parliament, 2004

In order to pursue efforts to establish a single market forrail transport services, initiated by Council Directive 91/440/EEC of 29 July 1991 on the development of the Community’s railways, it is necessary to establish acommon regulatory framework for railway safety. Member States have until now developed their safety rules ands tandards mainly on national lines, based on national technical and operational concepts. Simultaneously, differences in principles, approach and culture have made it difficult to break through the technical barriers and establish international transport operations.

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Interoperability Directives

European Parliament, 2008 - 2013

The construction of a safe, modern integrated railway network is one of the EU’s major priorities. Railways must become more competitive and offer high-quality, end-to-end services without being restricted by national borders.
There are available the different directives on the interoperability of the rail system within the Community.

 Interoperability Directives