ALLRAIL – Because competition matters!

 

Why competition matters?

 

„Because challenge and competition make us better. If our businesses aren’t challenged, if they don’t have to compete, then they don’t have any reason to work to serve people better. Competition is the motor that drives businesses to do better for consumers. To cut prices. To offer more choice. To produce innovative products.“

Margarethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, in a speech at the
American Enterprise Institute in Washington on September 18, 2017

Taken from: How competition can build better market

 

Ms. Vestagers quote concisely sums up why competition matters. The rail sector in the EU is currently still far from being as competitive as other industries.

ALLRAIL aims to work closely with the EU Institutions, the European Union Rail Agency and Regulators to support the full establishment of a competitive Single European Railway Area.

Sad news:

yet another new entrant has to suspend services because it is not allowed to show & sell services on incumbent retail channels

(that are effectively perceived to be neutral source of rail info in that country)

@Transport_EU @EU_Competition

https://t.co/OCuFsG62zG

Incredible how Spanish government opposes Above Rail competition on Madrid-Barcelona high-speed route

(which has benefited both passengers & rail sector in Italy)

but at same time happy for incumbent's new low-cost subsidiary EVA to launch on same line

https://t.co/1k3ZNlxzoF

TRANSPORT: Disputes in Parliament on rail passengers' rights and obligations
https://t.co/Azuj6IxevR

Comment by @Contexte journalist Fanny Roux:

"The vote on EU rail passenger rights recast by EU parliament's transport committee has been postponed. Shadow rapporteurs accuse the rapporteur of having altered the compromises upon which they had previously agreed"

Fanny Roux@fanny_roux

Le vote de l'avis sur les droits des passagers ferroviaires en @EP_Transport est reporté. Des rapporteurs fictifs reprochent au rapporteur @BLiberadzki d'avoir modifié les compromis sur lesquels ils s'étaient accordés. #Ambiance #DirectPE

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