Latvian Presidency hopeful on 4RP
The Latvian European Presidency aims for a general approach to the market pillar of the Fourth Railway Package (4RP) in the Transport Council in June. This became clear during the meeting of the Transport Council today.
The European Commission asked for support for further negotiations about the proposals of the political pillar of the 4RP – so called ‘Chinese Walls’ in integrated holdings of railway undertakings that both manage the rail network and provide railway services. Most member states consider an indepent status of the infrastructural manager important for a non discrimination of all railway operators. How this should be arranged should be left to the member states themselves, as most countries appeared to be reluctant about expanding of the role and tasks of the regulatroy body.
Most member states also recognized the importance of non-discriminatory access to rolling stock. However, they thought that this should not lead to additional costs for national governments. The Commission asked member states for an open attitude and flexibility.