COVID-19 in AUSTRIA: Temporary Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract for open access operators: New reference model for the rest of Europe

Under the EU Commission’s Temporary Framework, EU Member States are allowed to use the full flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy. Therefore, we welcome the Austrian government’s new decision to award both open access operators between Vienna and Salzburg - WESTbahn and ÖBB - with a temporary PSO order for the route1, starting today.


International Railway Journal: Westbahn in transition

Westbahn introduced a significantly reduced service at the December 2019 timetable change. While a backward step for the private operator, as CEO Dr Erich Forster reveals in an exclusive interview with Kevin Smith, in the medium-term it will aid the company’s plan to run as a viable alternative to ÖBB.

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New revelation: alleged agreement between ÖBB and ČD to “eliminate” new entrant’s access to rolling stock

According a media report earlier today , the Czech state rail incumbent ČD could face a fine of up to 4 billion Czech Koruna (= €158 million) for an alleged cartel agreement that sought to “eliminate” a new entrant competitor’s access to 2nd hand rolling stock.


Verdacht auf Absprachen zwischen ÖBB und ČD, um neuen Wettbewerber von Zugriff auf Rollmaterial auszuschließen

Einem heutigen Medienbericht zufolge1 droht der tschechische Staatsbahn ČD eine Strafe von bis zu 4 Mrd. Kronen (= ca. 160 Mio. €), da sie durch Kartellabsprachen den Zugriff eines privaten Bahn-Newcomers auf gebrauchtes Rollmaterial verhindern wollte.

Brussels & Vienna,

AUSTRIA: Suspicious behaviour in the rail sector during the populists’ reign of the Transport Ministry