PSO & Open Access
Brussels & The Hague,

NETHERLANDS: Civil Court confirms doubts on legitimacy of proposed direct award to NS

The Dutch Civil Court of The Hague published a preliminary ruling this week, expressing doubts about the legitimacy of the proposed new direct award of the Dutch “Hoofdrailnet” (Main Rail Network) Public Service Contract – representing 95% of the total market – to the state rail incumbent Nederlandse Spoorwegen (‘NS’).

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Brussels,

ALLRAIL welcomes EU Commission announcement in the case of alleged predatory pricing against rail newcomers

Executive Vice-President of the EU Commission Mrs. Margrethe Vestager announced today that she is sending out a Statement of Objections against the Czech state-owned rail incumbent Czech Railways (České dráhy) for alleged predatory pricing.

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Brussels,

ALLRAIL vítá oznámení Evropské komise ve věci Českých drah a kauzy predátorských cen

Výkonná místopředsedkyně Evropské komise Margrethe Vestager dnes oznámila zaslání sdělení výhrad českému státem vlastněnému dopravci České dráhy za údajné predátorské ceny. 

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Brussels,

Railway Gazette: Call for booking platforms to be given access to train operators’ data

EUROPE: The ALLRAIL association of independent passenger train operators and retailers has called on EU member states to ensure that market-dominant incumbent operators share their data with third party journey planning and ticket selling platforms.

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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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