The Secretary General Pierre Tonon met several MEPs (Rapporteurs, Shadow-rapporteurs from different political groups) to shortly remind them some essential business considerations regarding the 4th Railway Package to be voted next December:
· We need a realistic, feasible technical pillar entering in force and being operational as soon as possible in the medium term horizon (far before 2020). You are working for and we support you.
· This technical pillar will be easier put in place with an efficient and strong collaboration with and between the Infrastructure Managers (IMs). The more independent they are, the more the technical pillar will be a success. Independent fully-fledged IMs will easier take their own responsibilities to build the European network (ENIM), to cooperate with all operators via the Coordination Committees, to work with their States to suppress in a coordinated way and as fast as possible the national rules. To facilitate this process and avoid useless conflicts of interest, efficient Chinese walls have to be organized where needed. You are also working for and we support you.
· We need also a well regulated business playing ground allowing fair competition - and even, when opportune, cooperation - between large incumbents companies and alternative private medium size companies.
· Open the market and enlarge it to the European scenery give a lot of new opportunities for the very competent railways workforces able to find jobs and offer their added value in several private or public-owned companies.
· The ERFA members are market openers, looking for challenging business, offering alternative proposals and conditions with a competitive spirit but also with a partnership’s one and with incumbents when opportune!
So said, we are supporting the compromises reached for the 3 legislative proposals of the technical pillar and also the very last compromise for the governance of the railway infrastructure.