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Parliamentary questions
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26 February 2015
E-002939-15
Question for written answer E-002939-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marie-Christine Arnautu (NI) , Bruno Gollnisch (NI)

 Subject:  Opening up to competition and the isolation of local areas
 Answer in writing 

In Spain and the UK, liberalisation and privatisation of the rail networks has led to the abandonment of numerous regional lines and medium distance connecting services.

In France, the most disadvantaged are least likely to travel internationally, and their access to local transport is erratic.

The new TEN T programme aims to reduce the distances between Member States, and the Fourth Railway Package is opening up rail systems to competition.

How does the Commission intend to reconcile privatisation of the rail network with the legitimate ambitions of the Member States to ensure that their citizens living in isolated areas will have better access to transport?

Original language of question: FR 
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