The EU Transport Council has agreed to enhance the quality and efficiency of Europe-wide rail services by removing remaining technical obstacles. 

The move has been welcomed by the European Commission’s Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for mobility and transport, who said: “I am pleased to see Member States supporting this essential technical part of the Fourth Railway Package. This creates momentum for the completion of the Single European Rail Area and will contribute to the growth and competitiveness of the European railway market. This is a substantial achievement for the Irish Presidency but much work lies still ahead to make rail transport truly competitive compared to other modes”.

The Commission’s proposal for the recast of the interoperability directive is part of the Fourth Railway Package adopted by the Commission on 30 January 2013. 

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The full EC Press Release is available here