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EC adopts ERTMS Deployment Plan

CFR Calatori to launch tender for e-ticketing portable devices 

On the 5th of January 2017, the European Commission adopted an implementing regulation on the new European Rail Traffic Management System European Deployment Plan (ERTMS EDP). The plan sets new targets until 2023 by which about 50% of the Core Network Corridors shall be equipped. In 2023, the ERTMS European Deployment Plan …

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EU approves public funding to promote move of freight transport from road to rail and sea in Italy

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The European Commission has found two Italian public support schemes to encourage a shift of freight transport from road to rail and to sea, to be in line with EU state aid rules. The measures will further EU environmental and transport objectives whilst maintaining competition in the Single Market. The …

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Italian state railway group is the sole bidder in TrainOSE privatisation

Italian state railway group is the sole bidder in TrainOSE privatisation

The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) has announced that the procedure for the submission of binding offers for the sale of 100% stake in TrainOSE SA. and EESSTY SA. (ROSCO) was completed today. Regarding TRAINOSE, a binding offer was submitted by Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane S.p.A. The relevant procedure described …

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Deutsche Bahn to make extensive ticket distribution practice changes 

Deutsche Bahn to make extensive ticket distribution practice changes

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has committed to bring extensive changes to ticket distribution practices, following the investigations of the Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s independent competition authority. The new measures to be implemented will improve the ticket sale facilities of DB’s competitors. In 2014, the Bundeskartellamt has initiated proceedings against Deutsche Bahn AG on the suspicion that it has abused its dominant position in the sale …

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EC requests new restructuring plan for Croatia’s HZ Cargo

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The European Commission (EC) has rejected last week the restructuring plan of HZ Cargo, Croatia’s state-owned rail freight operator, reports the Vecernji list publication. The representatives of DG Competition held a meeting with the Croatian Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butkovic and requested a new restructuring plan for the company by …

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Greece sets new deadline for TrainOSE and ROSCO privatisation

Greece's new government to cancel privatisations plans

The Board of Directors of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) has decided to amend the schedule for the international tenders regarding the sale of 100% stake in TrainOSE and EESSTY (ROSCO). HRADF has received requests from three potentially interested investors of TrainOSE to extend the deadline for submitting the Expression …

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Russian Government approves updated schedule for Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway project

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The Russian Government has approved the updated schedule for Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway project. According to the order dated 13 of January 2016, the updated project schedule includes activities related to defining the project’s organizational and financial models, carrying out works on geotechnical investigation, land planning and demarcation development plan, engineering surveys and development of …

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Informal deal on technical pillar of 4th railway package reached

An informal deal to remove the technical obstacles that differing national standards and procedures place in the way of rail operators and rolling stock manufacturers was struck by MEPs and EU and the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. This deal, on the “technical pillar” of the …

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InfoBrief: 62nd Session of the Council for Rail Transport of Community of Independent States

The 62nd Council for Rail Transport (CRT) of Community of Independent States (CIS) took place in Minsk on 20-21 May, hosted by Belarusian Railways and presided by Vladimir Yakunin, Russian Railways CEO. The discussions focused on international transport of passengers and freight, the joint use of rolling stock, mutual settlements for services provided, and the development of common …

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EU approves SNCF Eurostar take over 

The European Commission has approved the planned merger involving the acquisition of sole control of Eurostar by the French rail operator SNCF MOBILITES. The Commission’s decision is conditional on compliance with commitments designed to facilitate the entry of new rail operators onto the London‑Brussels and London‑Paris routes, on which Eurostar …

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