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Mobility and Transport

Between 2001 and 2016, four legislative packages were adopted with the aim of gradually opening up rail transport service markets for competition, making national railway systems interoperable and defining appropriate framework conditions for the development of a single European railway area. These include charging and capacity allocation rules, common provisions on licensing of railway undertakings and train driver certification, safety requirements, the creation of the European Agency for railways and rail regulatory bodies in each Member State as well as rail passenger rights.

First railway package of 2001

In July 1998, the Commission presented three new proposals aimed solely at making existing legislation more effective. On 26 February 2001, the...

Fourth railway package of 2016

The 4th Railway Package is a set of 6 legislative texts designed to complete the single market for Rail services (Single European Railway Area). Its...

Recast of the first railway package (Dir 2012/34/EU)

LegislationDirective 2012/34/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 November 2012 establishing a single European railway area (recast)...

Second railway package of 2004

On 23 January 2002, the European Commission proposed a new set of measures (known as the "second railway package") aimed at revitalising the...

Third railway package of 2007

On 3 March 2004 the Commission adopted its "third rail package" containing measures to revitalise the railways in Europe. The European Commission...