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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

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