The Autorité de la concurrence sets out the conditions for a successful introduction of competition in the passenger rail transport sector.* Directive 2007/58/EC of 23 October 2007 calls for the liberalization of international rail services for passenger transport by 1st January 2010 at the latest. This partial opening of rail transport to competition is the first step in a movement that, within 5 to 10 years, will lead to totally open competition in the railway sector. Building on the lessons and actions from other sectors recently opened to competition, the Autorité de la concurrence, on its own initiative, issued an opinion in May 2009 (see press release) that notably had as its objective to determine "if, on the one hand, possible competition restrictions relative to train
The French Competition Authority issues an opinion on competition in the passenger rail transport sector
Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority.
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