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Reviewing 2018’s rail policy priorities

Libor Lochman, Executive Director at Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) discusses how the result of current policy negotiations will affect the rail industry.

Reviewing 2018’s rail policy priorities

FOR THE future of the European rail sector, 2018 will be a key year. Major landscape-changing legislative dossiers are being scheduled for negotiation by the EU institutions and the outcome of those negotiations will deeply affect the future of European mobility.

The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021 – 2027 and the revision of the Eurovignette are two opportunities for the EU to continue working towards better, more sustainable European mobility, committing enough resources on projects for European added value and creating equal, fair policies across the different modes of transport.

The MFF, due to be published by the European Commission in May 2018, is expected to translate the political priorities that the EU institutions will agree upon into budgetary commitments. The future of all European investment policies fundamentally depends on the outcome of such negotiations, but this time – due to the negative budgetary effects of Brexit and to new spending priorities such as migration and security – there is likely to be less money with more fronts to be covered.

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