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Rail passengers' rights and obligations in the EU

25-11-2020

In 2007, the EU established a set of basic rights for rail passengers, which became applicable at the end of 2009. These rights provide for all passengers, including those with reduced mobility, a harmonised minimum level of protection, information and assistance. Recent reports have concluded that the implementation of these rights, although relatively smooth, is not done uniformly across the EU. Moreover, other shortcomings have prevented these rights from being used to their full potential. In ...

In 2007, the EU established a set of basic rights for rail passengers, which became applicable at the end of 2009. These rights provide for all passengers, including those with reduced mobility, a harmonised minimum level of protection, information and assistance. Recent reports have concluded that the implementation of these rights, although relatively smooth, is not done uniformly across the EU. Moreover, other shortcomings have prevented these rights from being used to their full potential. In September 2017, the European Commission presented a new proposal to address these shortcomings and to strike a new balance between keeping rail operators competitive and providing adequate passenger protection. The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted its report on the proposal on 9 October 2018 and, subsequently, the Parliament adopted its first-reading position on 15 November 2018. For its part, the Council adopted its general approach on 2 December 2019, under the Finnish Presidency. Interinstitutional negotiations began at the end of January 2020, and on 1 October 2020, under the Germany Presidency, Council and Parliament reached a provisional agreement. The agreed text must still be formally adopted by Council before it returns to Parliament for adoption at second reading. Fifth edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

Rail passengers' rights and obligations

12-01-2018

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's impact assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, adopted on 27 September 2017 and referred to Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN). The proposal aims to amend Regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 in order to strengthen the rights for all EU rail passengers, and to reduce the 'burden on railway undertakings due to the inconsistent application of the regulation' (IA, p. 9). The ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's impact assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, adopted on 27 September 2017 and referred to Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN). The proposal aims to amend Regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 in order to strengthen the rights for all EU rail passengers, and to reduce the 'burden on railway undertakings due to the inconsistent application of the regulation' (IA, p. 9). The proposal follows a Commission report (COM(2013) 587 final) on the application of the regulation, which 'highlighted certain problematic areas', and a second Commission report (COM(2015) 117 final) on exemptions granted by Member States, which 'identified the extensive use of exemptions as a major hindrance to the uniform application of the regulation' (explanatory memorandum of the proposal, p. 2). In addition, the proposal follows the ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU of 26 September 2013 in Case C-509/11, which is linked to the 'force majeure' issue described in the following section. The European Parliament has regularly taken a stand on passenger rights, by submitting written questions or by adopting resolutions.

Proceedings of the Workshop on "Competition in the Transport Sector: Market Entry Barriers in Railway and Aviation?"

26-09-2013

Liberalisation in the railway and aviation sector takes place at a different pace and the number of competitors to former state owned monopolists in particular in the railway sector is relatively low. The participants to this workshop discuss practical experiences and specific problems in both sectors. The views exchanged during the workshop discussion shall provide support the ECON Members in determining their position in regard to the current discussion of the Report on the 'Annual Report on EU ...

Liberalisation in the railway and aviation sector takes place at a different pace and the number of competitors to former state owned monopolists in particular in the railway sector is relatively low. The participants to this workshop discuss practical experiences and specific problems in both sectors. The views exchanged during the workshop discussion shall provide support the ECON Members in determining their position in regard to the current discussion of the Report on the 'Annual Report on EU Competition Policy 2012'.

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Kay MITUSCH (Institute for Economic Policy Research - IWW, Karlsruhe , Institute of Technology - KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany) , Brian KOGAN (Railway Markets and Economics, Office of Rail Regulation, London, UK) , Hubert DE BROCA (Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium) , Jean-Eric PAQUET (Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium)

Maanteetranspordi vedajate sotsiaalsed ja töötingimused

15-04-2013

Käesolevas uurimuses analüüsitakse maanteevedude sektoris töötavate elukutseliste sõidukijuhtide sotsiaalseid ja töötingimusi. Selles keskendutakse antud transpordivaldkonnas tekkivatele põhilistele sotsiaalsetele küsimustele, sealhulgas sõidu- ja puhkeaegadele, ning samuti sõidukijuhtide elukvaliteeti otseselt mõjutavatele praktilistele aspektidele, nt tööhõive skeemidele ja sissetulekute tasemetele. Pärast õigusraamistiku üldist analüüsi, mis hõlmab maanteevedude sektori sotsiaalse mõõtme seisukohast ...

Käesolevas uurimuses analüüsitakse maanteevedude sektoris töötavate elukutseliste sõidukijuhtide sotsiaalseid ja töötingimusi. Selles keskendutakse antud transpordivaldkonnas tekkivatele põhilistele sotsiaalsetele küsimustele, sealhulgas sõidu- ja puhkeaegadele, ning samuti sõidukijuhtide elukvaliteeti otseselt mõjutavatele praktilistele aspektidele, nt tööhõive skeemidele ja sissetulekute tasemetele. Pärast õigusraamistiku üldist analüüsi, mis hõlmab maanteevedude sektori sotsiaalse mõõtme seisukohast olulisi ELi õigusakte, esitatakse sidusrühmade ja sõidukijuhtidega konsulteerimisel tehtud järeldused.

Parlamendiväline autor

TRT Trasporti e Territorio Srl - Alessio Sitran, Enrico Pastori

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