On 26 February 2014, the European Parliament adopted its first reading position on the Proposal for a modification of the PSO Regulation in the framework of the Fourth Railway Package.
Following this vote, the way public service contracts for passenger rail services are awarded will depend on an evaluation of compliance with a list of criteria which will be subject to different interpretations.
UITP considers that the establishment of a regime which insures a minimum level of legal security is an absolute priority. This is especially true in the suburban and regional rail sector where economic cycles are very lengthy and not compatible with huge legal uncertainty which risks putting a brake on the substantial investments that are absolutely necessary for dealing with the growth in traffic.
UITP is therefore strongly concerned about this position which allows discretionary award and which will lead without doubt to numerous and never-ending complaints. The European Parliament’s position may not only jeopardise the opening of closed markets which is the key objective of this package, but also pose a threat to currently established and well-functioning markets at EU member state levels. [...]
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