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Organisational & decisional separation inside the SNCB

Rail transportService facilities

Belgian and European legislation provide some provisions which impose an obligation for train operators which hold a dominant position on the national market, to clearly separate organisational and decisional activities related to transport of passengers from those related with service facilities. In this framework, the Belgian Regulatory Body (Belgian RB) ensures that both types of […]

Decisions

Monitoring Statement Freight Corridor North Sea – Mediterranean

Rail transport

The railway Regulatory Bodies of the countries active on the Rail Freight Corridor North Sea-Mediterranean (RFC NSM) issued a first common monitoring statement. This document contains the following items: The existing cooperation between the supervisory authorities as well as the cooperation between the several stakeholders on the RFC; Some findings by the supervisory authorities regarding […]

International Publications

BLS Cargo takes over Crossrail

Rail transport

BLS Cargo has announced having signed an agreement to acquire the Belgian rail freight operator Crossrail. BLS Cargo is the second Swiss rail freight operator. BLS Cargo is a subsidiary of BLS which is the main competitor of the Swiss incumbent. However SNCF Fret is shareholder of BLS Cargo with 45% of its shares. Before, […]

News

Siemens Alstom merger prohibited by the European Commission

Rail transport

The European Commission has decided to prohibit the merger planned between Alstom and Siemens Mobility. This decision follows negative advice issued by several national competition authorities (including the German competition authorities). The European Commission considers that this merger would have lead to two important areas (signaling system and high speed trains) dramatically reducing the competition […]

News

Shareholdership Air France-KLM

Airport

On 27 February, the Dutch state announced that it had purchased a 14% stake in Air France-KLM. France already held a 14.3% share in the airline. In its declaration to AMF (the French Financial Markets Authority), the Dutch state declared that it was not planning to buy more shares or to take control of the […]

News

Rail transport

Decision D-2019-01-S concerning the appeal of Railtraxx related to the safety procedure S460 On the 28th of February 2019 the Regulatory Body took Decision D-2019-01-S, related to the appeal of railway undertaking Railtraxx concerning the safety procedure S460 used by Infrabel. Railtraxx decided not to proceed with the appeal, as a consequence the appeal became […]

Decisions

The new competences of the regulator resulting from the 4th railway package.

Rail transport

The new competences of the regulator resulting from the 4th railway package. The Law of January 11, 2019 transposes into Belgian law the 4th railway package, which essentially opens the market for domestic passenger transport to competition. In this context, the scope of the regulator’s powers has been broadened. In terms of competences linked to […]

News

Thessaloniki Forum

Airport

The Regulatory Body is a member of the Thessaloniki Forum, a European working group which unites all European economic regulators in charge of airports. In 2018, the Thessaloniki Forum adopted two new papers: “Non-discrimination under the Airport Charges Directive” and “The use of selective criteria in the Economic regulation of airports”. The text of these […]

International Publications

Advice A-2018-06-C concerning the composition of the MBPS (Management Board Performance Scheme)

Rail transport

The Regulatory Body was asked for advice by the infrastructure manager Infrabel. This advice dealt with the composition of the MBPS, more specifically with a view to arbitration. The Regulatory Service did not consider it desirable that both itself or the FPS Mobility should exercise a decision-making function within the Management Board. External arbitration was […]

Advices

Decision D-2018-16-S concerning the cost model.

Rail transport

Due to legislative developments, the charging model for direct costs of Infrabel had to be adjusted so that the tariffs could be determined in accordance with the regulations. The Regulatory Body investigated these adjustments with a view to approving the cost model, in accordance with Article 48 of the Rail Codex. The analysis of the […]

Decisions

Advice A-2018-05-S concerning the draft of the Network Statement 2020

Rail transport

The Regulatory Body provided the infrastructure manager Infrabel with an advice on the Network Statement 2020. The most important topics in this were: Infrabel’s role with regard to the obligation to provide information concerning service providers; A clear distinction in the Network Statement between Infrabel acting in the capacity of infrastructure manager or in that […]

Advices