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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 312

COVID-19: Parliament approves temporary relief measures to support rail sector

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 settembre 2020

Parliament backed on Thursday a regulation that will allow removing, postponing or lowering charges for accessing rail infrastructure during COVID-19 pandemic.Parliament adopted the new rules under urgent procedure with 678 votes in favour, three against and five abstentions.
The temporary measures will help to mitigate the consequences of the crisis by introducing the possibility for Member States to authorise infrastructure managers to reduce, waive or defer the payment of the charges for accessing railway infrastructure, in accordance to the market segment. The rules cover also refunds by Member States to infrastructure managers and adjustment of the network statement, as well as mark-ups and reservation charges.The temporary rules cover the period from 1 March 2020 until 31 December 2020, with a possibility to extend the duration by Commission delegated acts.The amendments adopted by the Parliament correspond fully to the Council’s position. The Council will now have to formally adopt its first reading position. The regulation will enter into force the day after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

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