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The European Parliament’s change of heart and the future of EU railway market opening

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The European Parliament’s first reading on the fourth railway package (26 February 2014) has watered down both the Commission’s proposal and the TRAN committee’s report. The adopted report opens for more differentiated governance structure, where the member states can decide to create an integrated governance structure where the infrastructure manager and rail operator belong to […]

Two different discourses on railway infrastructure investment: the UK and Denmark

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My previous blog post focused on the Commission’s problems of implementing its infrastructure strategy due to strong and diverse national interests. This blog post focuses on two different national discourses – the Danish and the British – on infrastructure investments and argues that national infrastructure investment are rooted in different state traditions, in relation to […]

Connecting Europe – TEN-T rail projects fiction or real?

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The Commission has recently revised the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T). Similar to previous TEN-T revisions, the new TEN-T priority projects focus on investment in new cross-border rail infrastructure aiming to connect Europe and alleviate road congestions. Interestingly the new TEN-T map emphasises the increased east-west trade – thus recognising the eastward enlargement. The first […]

Hello world!

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Hello world! and welcome to this new UACES blog “EU on what track?” where I intend to write about EU transport policy and sustainable mobility, mainly focusing on market opening and regulation of EU transport markets, its implications for the environment and transport users. Indeed the EU increased emphasis on railway market opening as an […]

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