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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Regulatory body has examined the evolutions and market developments for freight and passenger traffic. We correspondingly investigated the competitiveness of railway undertakings, also with regard to other transport modes.
Airport – Decision D-2018-15-L regarding the service level agreement between Brussels Airport Company and the suppliers of groundhandling services for third parties, limited category. On 25 October 2018, the Regulatory Body issued a decision about the Service Level Agreement the airport operator has to conclude with the groundhandlers at Brussels Airport. The Regulatory Body approved […]
The Regulatory body has issued a decision related to certain charges levied by SNCB to Railway undertakings for access to railway stations or services provided in the railway stations.
Airport – Communication about Marketcourt judgment of 27 June 2018 The Regulatory Body issued a communication on August 3rd, 2018 regarding the Marketcourt judgment of June 27th, 2018 concerning the appeal of Brussels Airport Company against decision D-2017-07-LA. This communication reviews the key points of the judgment, as well as the conclusions that can be […]