Opening up rail passenger transport to competition (Nasse Seminar - Paris, 28 June 2020)

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At the seminar held on 28 June 2019, Marc Ivaldi (economist, director of studies at EHESS, researcher at the Toulouse School of Economics, consultant to NERA Economic Consulting and chairman of the ITEA executive committee) and Adrien Giraud (a partner in the Latham & Watkins antitrust & competition practice and a non-governmental expert in the ICN) discussed the opening of rail passenger transport to competition. The session was moderated by Umberto Berkani (Deputy Rapporteur General at the Competition Authority). These comments are solely the responsibility of the authors and should not be considered as an official position of their employers or of the DG Treasury.

1. Introduction by Umberto Berkani The theme of the seminar is very topical, firstly because of the possible opening to competition as of December 2019 for regions volunteering for regional transport, and secondly because of the publication of the implementing texts for the 2018 rail reform [1]. Two subjects are addressed for this seminar, with the place of regulation(ex ante or ex post) as a common factor: the organisation of markets [2]; the role of the public railway group. Can the expected beneficial effects of opening up to competition (highlighted by ARAFER in 2018 in foreign experiences) be achieved in France? If so, in what way? For the Competition Authority, the main issue at stake is access to information for organising authorities from transport (AOT), so that this

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  • Toulouse School of Economics
  • Latham & Watkins (Brussels)
  • French Competition Authority (Paris)


Marc Ivaldi, Adrien Giraud, Umberto Berkani, Opening up rail passenger transport to competition (Nasse Seminar - Paris, 28 June 2020), September 2019, Concurrences N° 3-2019, Art. N° 99095,

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