INTERVIEW : REGULATION - TRANSPORTS - ESSENTIAL FACILITY - DISCRIMINATION - INFORMATION EXCHANGE - NETWORK ACCESS - HISTORICAL OPERATOR

Bernard Roman (French Regulatory Authority for Rail and Road Activities): Rail liberalization

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Interview conducted by Olivier Fréget Partner, Fréget & Associés, Paris.

For contract services, examples from other European countries have shown that opening up to competition has not necessarily led to lower tariffs. What benefits does the Authority expect from this, for users and the regulator alike? Firstly, I would like to remind you that opening up to competition is not an end in itself, but a means, a lever, which, if it is carried out under the right conditions, will enable us to offer users and customers of the rail transport system better quality services at competitive prices. The effects of opening up to competition cannot be measured solely by analysing whether prices for rail transport services have fallen or risen. These effects must be measured by analysing the way in which the rail transport service offer has evolved in all its

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  • French Transports Regulatory Authority
  • Fréget (Paris)

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Bernard Roman, Olivier Fréget, Bernard Roman (French Regulatory Authority for Rail and Road Activities): Rail liberalization, November 2018, Concurrences N° 4-2018, Art. N° 88088, www.concurrences.com

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