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Parliamentary questions
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21 October 2014
Answer given by Mr Kallas on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: P-007272/2014

The Commission is aware that unfortunately certain international services, such as overnight trains, are increasingly being discontinued. However, on commercial market segments it is in principle for railway undertakings to decide which services they will maintain or develop, based on their individual business cases. Current EU legislation does not provide for specific passenger rights in this respect.

However, the Commission considers that the expected growth in cross-border services resulting from current efforts to improve the customer-orientation, cost-effectiveness and interoperability of railway services may help generate more demand and a favourable business case also for overnight trains.

Member States which consider that the provision of international sleeper services is desirable may award public service contracts for the respective domestic sections of an international service in coordination with the neighbouring authorities.

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