The Commission has asked Romania to bring all its national rules in line with Directive 2004/49/EC on railway safety. This request concerns the independence of the safety authority and the investigating body. EU legislation aims at developing a common approach to railway safety so that all EU rail networks demonstrate consistent high safety levels and EU citizens travel safely on them.
The establishment of safety requirements on the rail system includes safe management of infrastructure and traffic operation, roles and responsibilities of railway undertakings and infrastructure managers as well as their interaction. In addition, a common safety regulatory framework, regulation, management, supervision of safety and independent investigations of accidents have to be assured. The legislation should have been in place since April 2006. The Commission opened infringement proceedings against Romania on the matter in February 2013.
A reasoned opinion (the second stage in EU infringement proceedings) is now being sent. Romania has two months to reply to the Commission. If Romania fails to react satisfactorily, the Commission may refer the matter to the European Court of Justice.