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Brussels,

Poland: Increasing Subsidy When It Is Not Necessary – Is PKP Intercity A Bottomless Pit?

In the final days of the previous Polish government – before Donald Tusk took over - the outgoing Infrastructure Minister signed an annex to the long-distance passenger rail Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract, ensuring that state-owned rail incumbent PKP Intercity received an increased subsidy of 1,5 billion euros until 2030. Increasing funds for public transport should, in theory, lead to more and better quality of services, but we notice that the sudden increase in subsidy for PKP Intercity will not translate into any new benefits for the passenger.

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One Last Time Before The 4th EU Railway Package: Swedish Incumbent SJ Attempts To Get A New Direct Award Just Before The Deadline

Over the past two years, SJ has been actively lobbying authorities and the tourism industry in Jämtland (Sweden) and Trøndelag (Norway) for direct Stockholm-Trondheim services. While being presented as an SJ "investment", it would actually be funded by taxpayers and probably create a monopoly.

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Brussels,

Czech Republic: Court Declares Non-Reappointment Of Rail Regulator’s Ex-President Unlawful, Amidst Plans to Dissolve The Regulator

The Czech Republic's rail regulator, ÚPDI, is on the brink of dissolution, despite a recent court decision on the process of reappointment of the ex-President. Our previous warnings are now a stark reality.

The Ministry of Transport's quick pivot to merge ÚPDI with the National Competition Authority (NCA) under flimsy cost-saving pretexts exposes deeper issues.

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Brussels,

Bahnreisende in Großbritannien können ihre Fahrscheine wesentlich leichter als in der EU kaufen – Es ist Zeit, dies zu ändern

Im Großbritannien werden alle Bahnfahrkarten bei allen Fahrkartenverkäufern verkauft. Die Deutsche Bahn (DB) und ihr Lobbyverband verweigern dies jedoch in Deutschland und der EU - warum schränken sie die Bahnoptionen ein, die Fahrgäste buchen können?

 

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Brussels,

EU Commissioner Breton Wants “More Choice For Consumers And Fewer Obstacles For Smaller Competitors”. Therefore, His New Digital Markets Act (DMA) Must Rein In The Gatekeepers Of Passenger Rail

Today, the EU Commissioner for Internal Market Mr Thierry Breton has published the first list of “digital gatekeepers” in the EU, online companies that are a bottleneck between businesses and consumers. When you look at Mr Breton’s criteria, it is clear that EU state-owned rail incumbents’ in-house distribution channels are all digital gatekeepers.

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