Liberalisation of passenger rail services

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

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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.


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.




Chairman's welcome and introduction 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,



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


Coffee break


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.

Keynote speech

Matej Zakonjšek

Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Bulc,
European Commission


Closing remarks


Cocktail reception


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,


Erich Forster

Chief Executive Officer, 



Libor Lochman

Executive Director, 



Grégoire Marlot

Director, Strategy,



Piers Marlow

Director, Business Development,



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,



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

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