The Romanian Ministry of Transport intends, for the second time, to partially exempt railway services from the application of the EU Regulation 1371/2007 on Rail Passenger Rights for another five years, until 2019.
“The granting of these exemption for the next five years is highly necessary, since is is very difficult to ensure the regularity required by Articles 15 to 17 of Regulation (EC) nr.1371/2007. The reimbursement and delay compensations generate significant financial loss to railway operators, as a consequence of the poor condition of the railway infrastructure, for which the infrastructure manager can not be held accountable”, explains the note accompanying the draft resolution prepared by the ministry.
In 2009, the government adopted a permanent exemption for urban, suburban and regional services and exempted for a period of 5 years (until December 2014) long distance national services and international services to States outside the EU (HGno.1476/2009).
The Romanian Railway Authority (AFER) is the National Enforcement Body (NEB) is responsible for the enforcement of the 1371/2007 Regulation.