Romania Sued For Failure to Implement Railway Directive
Last month the European Commission decided to sue its Member State Romania before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for failure to implement the European Directive establishing a single European railway area into its national law. The deadline for the implementation was mid-June 2015.
The single European railway area Directive aims to tackle the lack of competition, poor regulation and low investment in the rail market. By improving these conditions the attractiveness of the railway transport sector would be enhanced, thereby making it a good alternative for European shippers.
The Commission is expected to ask the ECJ to impose a daily fine of over 29.000 euros on Romania until the Directive is implemented. Greece and Luxemburg are facing similar procedures, as the Commission also accuses these states of failure to transpose the Directive into their national law, asking 30.310 euros in penalties from Greece and 8710 from Luxembourg. However, these penalties still need to be approved by the ECJ.