In a joint statement on the proposed revision of the interpretative guidelines on Regulation (EC) No 1370 on public passenger transport services by rail and by road (‘PSO regulation’), a broad coalition of transport stakeholders calls on the European Commission to avoid undermining the legal framework for public transport organisation.
The PSO Regulation sets out the conditions under which transport operators can be compensated or given exclusive rights by public authorities to provide public transport services in the general interest. The Regulation, and the way it is interpreted, is therefore of crucial importance for the organisation of the European public transport and rail sector.
The coalition, composed of UITP, CCRE-CEMR, CER, EMTA, Eurocities, Polis and SGI Europe, welcomes the Commission’s initiative to revise the guidelines of the PSO Regulation as an opportunity to provide a consistent and clear framework at EU level. However, the coalition cannot support the current version of the text as it would create substantial uncertainty for the sector.
Catch up with the press conference organised by EMTA at the ITF Summit of transport ministers.