New cooperation agreement on the ‘Mediterranean’ rail freight corridor following the extension to Croatia enters into force

23 November 2016

The regulatory bodies of the countries participating in the so-called “Mediterranean” EU rail freight corridor (previously “RFC 6”) signed a new cooperation agreement following up on the extension of the corridor to Croatia, as provided for by Annex II to Regulation (EU) No. 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility. This agreement supersedes the former arrangement signed by the Italian, French, Spanish, Hungarian and Slovenian regulatory bodies  in autumn 2013.

The agreement was first signed in Warsaw on the 9th of November by the Italian, Croatian and Slovenian regulatory bodies and enters into force on 22nd November 2016 upon the further signatures by the Spanish, Hungarian and French regulatory bodies.

The agreement was concluded pursuant to Regulation No. 913/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 laying down rules for a European rail network for competitive freight. In particular, Article 20 of the Regulation provides that the regulatory bodies of partner countries cooperate in monitoring competition in the rail freight corridor and ensuring non-discriminatory access to the undertakings requesting path capacity allocation. Further, the agreement concerns the exchange of information and mutual assistance among regulatory bodies and the handling of the complaints lodged by railway undertakings.

In particular, based on the agreement, the Autorità di Regolazione dei Trasporti is responsible for handling complaints relating to decisions or information released by the corridor managing body (so-called one-stop shop or C-OSS), that is based in Milan.

Cooperation Agreement between the regulatory bodies competent for monitoring the competition in the Mediterranean Corridor

22/11/2016

The regulatory bodies of the countries participating in the so-called “Mediterranean” EU rail freight corridor (previously “RFC 6”) signed a new cooperation agreement following up on the extension of the corridor to Croatia, as provided for by Annex II to Regulation (EU) No. 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility. This agreement supersedes the former arrangement signed by the Italian, French, Spanish, Hungarian and Slovenian regulatory bodies  in autumn 2013.

The agreement was first signed in Warsaw on the 9th of November by the Italian, Croatian and Slovenian regulatory bodies and enters into force on 22nd November 2016 upon the further signatures by the Spanish, Hungarian and French regulatory bodies.

The agreement was concluded pursuant to Regulation No. 913/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 laying down rules for a European rail network for competitive freight. In particular, Article 20 of the Regulation provides that the regulatory bodies of partner countries cooperate in monitoring competition in the rail freight corridor and ensuring non-discriminatory access to the undertakings requesting path capacity allocation. Further, the agreement concerns the exchange of information and mutual assistance among regulatory bodies and the handling of the complaints lodged by railway undertakings.

In particular, based on the agreement, the Autorità di Regolazione dei Trasporti is responsible for handling complaints relating to decisions or information released by the corridor managing body (so-called one-stop shop or C-OSS), that is based in Milan.