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Fourth Railway Package technical pillar texts published

26 May 2016

EUROPE: The three texts comprising the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on May 26.

  • Interoperability: Directive (EU) 2016/797 of the European Parliament and of the Council of May 11 2016 on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union (recast);
  • Safety: Directive (EU) 2016/798 of the European Parliament and of the Council of May 11 2016 on railway safety (recast);
  • ERA Regulation: Regulation (EU) 2016/796 of the European Parliament and of the Council of May 11 2016 on the European Union Agency for Railways and repealing Regulation (EC) No 881/2004.

Member states have until June 16 2019 to transpose the directives into domestic legislation but may delay implementation by one year if they provide justification to the European Commission and the European Union Agency for Railways (formerly the European Railway Agency).

The ERA Regulation is directly applicable, and does not require transposition.