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Interoperability of the rail system within the EU
This directive aims at accelerating the integration of the European Union (EU) rail network through increased technical harmonisation, guaranteeing a high level of safety.
Directive 2008/57/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 on the interoperability of the rail system within the Community (Text with EEA relevance).
This directive establishes the conditions to be fulfilled to achieve interoperability * within the EU rail system at the design, construction, placing into service, upgrading, renewal, operation and maintenance stages. Its provisions comply with Directive 2004/45/EC on railway safety and the health and safety of workers.
The gradual implementation of interoperability of the rail system is pursued through the harmonisation of technical standards. Thus this directive covers:
- essential requirements with regard to safety, reliability, human health, environmental protection, technical compatibility and operation of the system (Annex III);
- the technical specifications for interoperability (TSIs) adopted for each subsystem or part of subsystem pursuant to this directive;
- the corresponding European specifications.
The railway network * is broken down into subsystems of a structural nature (energy, control-command and signalling, rolling stock) or functional (operation and traffic management, maintenance and telematics applications). European Union (EU) countries may request that the Commission grant derogations and the Commission may decide to exclude certain measures from the scope of the directive for specific cases and for a set period *.
TSI projects shall be prepared by the European railway agency which will examine the subsystems in consultation with associations and the social partners. Next, the projects shall be submitted to the European Commission which will modify and adopt them, having regard to the right of scrutiny of the Parliament.
Interoperability constituents * shall be subject to European specifications (such as European standards). They shall be subject to the procedure for "EC" declaration of conformity or suitability for use.
Authorisations for placing in service of vehicles shall be granted by the national safety authorities responsible for each network.
The pursuit of technical harmonisation aims at developing transport services in the EU and with third countries. It facilitates the integration of the market in equipment and services for the construction, renewal and operation of the rail system.
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OJ L 191 of 18.7.2008
Subsequent amendments and corrections to Directive 2008/57/EC have been incorporated into the basic text. This consolidated version is for reference purposes only.