Czech Republic
Brussels & Prague,

CZECH REPUBLIC: commercially driven open access rail connections excluded from COVID-19 aid

The Czech Ministry of Transport recently announced a selective aid program for rail operators to cover losses caused by COVID-19. However, the scope of the aid is not fair & equal within the sector; it explicitly excludes the commercially viable 'open access' passenger rail connections

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Brussels & Prague,

Česká republika: Komerční železniční doprava vyloučena z podpory proti dopadům COVID-19

Ministerstvo dopravy České republiky oznámilo selektivní program na podporu železničních dopravců na vyrovnání ztrát způsobených opatřeními proti šíření COVID-19 ve výši 400 mil. Kč – podpora má být směřována pouze pro dotované spoje a vylučuje tedy podporu pro komerční spoje.

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International Railway Journal: Leo Express business at risk due to coronavirus crisis

Czech private operator Leo Express is facing a dicult future after a dramatic fall in revenue due to service cutbacks introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic, board member and former CEO Mr Peter Köhler has revealed to IRJ.

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Brussels/Prague/Vienna,

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.

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Brüssel/Prag/Wien,

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.

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