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Advice A-2019-03-A

In the framework of a change of stockholders at Brussels Airport Company, the Regulatory Body issued on 2 August 2019 a favourable opinion regarding the renewal of the operating licence of Brussels Airport. The non-confidential version of this opinion can be found here (in French only).

Advices

Economic equilibrium test

Rail transport

Since January 11, 2019 the economic equilibrium test has been introduced in the Belgian legislation. The Regulatory Body has been mandated, whenever there is a request, to perform this test. As foreseen in the European legislation (Implementing Act 2018/1795), the applied methodology for this analysis is published on this website.

Decisions

Annual report Regulatory Body 2018

Service facilities

The annual report on our activities in 2018 is available online in Dutch or in French. It can be consulted here .

Annual report

Notification of a new rail passenger service by Flixtrain

Rail transport

The company Flixtrain has notified the Regulatory Body of its intention to operate a new rail passenger service between Brussels and Paris, with intermediate stops in Mons and Saint-Quentin, from 1st January 2021. Flixtrain’s notification form can be accessed here. The Regulatory Body has informed the Mobility Minister, the SNCB and Infrabel of this notification. […]

News

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