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Railways: EU Action

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which EU bodies have responsibilities relating to inter-operability of European railways. (277187)

The European Commission is responsible for policy on the Interoperability of European Railways. The Commission is supported on operational and technical matters by the European Railway Agency.

Technical Specifications for Interoperability are developed with the input of a variety of representative bodies.

Draft specifications are consulted on with European social partners:


the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation

European Trade Union Confederation.

Following consultation the drafts need to be agreed with member states and the European Parliament.