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Mobility and Transport

Railway packages

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.