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European Commission - Press release

Rail: Commission asks the Czech Republic to act on rail safety

Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has today asked the Czech Republic formally to fully implement the last amendment to the Railway Safety Directive so as to ensure interoperability of rail in the European Union. The request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures. If the Czech Republic fails to inform the Commission within two months of measures taken to comply with EU law, the Commission could refer the case to the EU Court of Justice.

The EU rules

Directive 2008/110/EC aims to improve the level of safety of the European rail transport system. It provides a legal basis for a common framework for the maintenance of rolling stock. Before a rail vehicle is allowed to be put into service, the organisation or company responsible for its maintenance (known as the "entity in charge of maintenance" or ECM) must be identified. For freight wagons, the ECM must be certified according to a system developed by the European Railway Agency and adopted by the Commission on 10 May 2011.

The reason for today's action

The Czech Republic was required to fully transpose Directive 2008/110/EC by 24 December 2010, it has only partially done so.

The practical effect of non-implementation

Failing to fully implement the directive could affect safety and put passengers and staff at risk.

More information on infringement procedures:

MEMO/11/824

Contacts :

Helen Kearns (+32 2 298 76 38)

Dale Kidd (+32 2 295 74 61)


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