Liberalisation of passenger rail services

Date: 
07/12/2016 - 14:00 to 17:45
Venue: 
Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels

*Registration for this event has closed. If you wish to participate in this seminar please contact info@cerre.eu*

This CERRE Executive Seminar will present the conclusions of a new CERRE research project examining the lessons to be learned from Europe’s experience in liberalising passenger rail services. Industry players, regulators and policy-makers will debate the key policy recommendations of the report and identify what should - and should not - be done when opening markets to competition.

Background

The European Commission’s 4th Railway Package paves the way for the liberalisation of passenger rail services in Europe. However, while it represents a common goal across the Union, significant space is left to Member States in how this goal is achieved. A number of alternative models are available.

The three countries that have seen most completion in the passenger rail market are Britain, Germany and Sweden and the report concentrates on their experiences.

In Britain, almost all services are franchised and there is no single, dominant operator. Germany and Sweden are marked by the continued presence of powerful, state-owned operators alongside competitive tendering for subsidised services and open access for commercial services. There are also major differences in who is responsible for the franchising and in how it is undertaken – for instance in the size of franchises, the sharing of risks and how rolling stock is provided. In terms of open access competition three other countries  - Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic -  are important.  

Against this backdrop, a new CERRE research project will use this variety of approaches to draw out important lessons about policy and regulatory approaches, and to develop significant conclusions and policy recommendations about the necessary conditions for successful market opening in varying circumstances.

14:00

Registration

14:30

Chairman's welcome and introduction 
 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

 

14:40

Panel 1: Lessons to be learned from Europe’s different experiences
 

Presentation of findings & lessons to be learned from CERRE report, followed by panel discussion

Professor Chris Nash

Research Fellow, CERRE
Research Professor,University of Leeds

15:50

Coffee break

16:10

Panel 2: The implications for future liberalisation of markets
 

Professor Yves Crozet

Research Fellow, CERRE 
Professor, University of Lyon

 

Based on the findings presented and debated in Panel 1, this panel will consider what are the implications for European markets that have yet to undergo liberalisation.

17:15
Keynote speech
 

Matej Zakonjšek

Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Bulc,
European Commission

17:35

Closing remarks

17:45

Cocktail reception
 

Discussants: 

Mats Andersson

Senior Policy Advisor, Road & Railway Dept. 
Swedish Transport Agency

 

 

Laurence Broseta

Head, International Business Unit for North & South Europe, Asia, Australia & New Zealand,
Transdev

 

Erich Forster

Chief Executive Officer, 
Westbahn

 

 

Libor Lochman

Executive Director, 
CER

 

 

Grégoire Marlot

Director, Strategy,
SNCF

 

 

Piers Marlow

Director, Business Development,
Arriva

 

 

Frank Miram

Head, Economy, Politics & Regulation,
Deutsche Bahn

 

 

Professor Juan José Montero Pascual

Professor, Dept of Administratrive Law,
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

 

 

Sian Prout

Head, 'Single Eu Rail Area' Unit, 
European Commission

 

 

Anne Yvrande-Billon

Vice President,
ARAFER

 

 

Above you will find the slides used by Professors Crozet and Nash to present the findings of the CERRE report. 

Wednesday 7 December 2016, 14.00-17.45,
Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact info@cerre.eu


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