26th Railway and Intermodal Working Group Meeting held in Tirana, March 2-3rd

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2-3rd March, Tirana – SEETO Railway and Intermodal Policy Working Group held its 26th meeting in Tirana, Albania. In the first part of the meeting, a closed session on Regulatory and Competition aspects took place. This session was dedicated to the presentation of Mr. Coen Timmermans from Dutch Regulatory Body, Recent cases and consultations handled by the Dutch Regulatory .

In the second (plenary) part of the meeting, the chairman Mr. Frank Jost started the session with presentation of Annex VII of Dir 2012/34/EU – Schedule for capacity allocation. Following, Mr. Andre Schoppe and Ms. Katharina Van Treeck from DB Netze presented the rail infrastructure company’s case of addressing the challenge of re-designing a charging system. Mr. Frank Jost continued the meeting by presenting the European regulatory framework and its implications for national rail markets and best practices for transposition of EU Directives, after which there was a round table involving all the participants.

The second day of RWWG Meeting was open for the regional logistics industry for them to share their experiences and needs. Mr. Klaus Uhl, a senior consultant from MC Mobility Consultants GmbH, gave a presentation on the Conditions of access to service facilities (Art. 13 of Directive 2012/34/EU) and the preparation of an implementing act. Following, Mr. Ilir Dashi, administrator of HSH gave a presentation on track access charges for the Albanian railways with allocation of capacities and determining and collecting charges and after that Mr. Xhevat Ramosaj, Deputy CEO of INFRAKOS spoke of EU market access from the users’ point of view. Mr. Frank Jost continued the meeting with a presentation about TCT – The Treaty establishing the Transport Community.

The meeting concluded with discussions on the practical issues of new operators entering the railway market and ways of settlement of user charges, led by chairman Frank Jost and Mr. Çesk Radovani from Concrete Plus Ltd Albania, respectively.

Agenda and presentations can be downloaded here.