COMMISSION CALLS ON SWEDEN TO FULLY TRANSPOSE 4TH RAILWAY PACKAGE
On 19 May, the European Commission decided to send a reasoned opinion to Sweden (INFR (2020)0558 and INFR(2020)0559) regarding its failure to notify the Commission of transposition measures for the rail interoperability and rail safety rules as set out in Directive (EU) 2016/797 and Directive (EU) 2016/798.
The Directives are part of the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package, which introduced accelerated procedures, lower costs and a streamlined certification and authorisation system, in particular for rolling stock, to be used in several Member States, and for railway undertakings operating beyond one Member State. It also aims at simplifying the regulatory framework by eliminating unnecessary national technical and operational obstacles to ensure smooth rail traffic across the Union. The reasoned opinion follows the letter of formal notice sent by the Commission in November 2020. Sweden now has two months to reply and take the necessary measures. Otherwise, the Commission may refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Source: European Commission