Romania: Delays in the implementation of the Fourth Railway Package

 In Romania, the draft normative acts transposing the two directives of the Fourth Railway Package – Technical Pillar are still pending approval although they should have been adopted a week ago.

As a European Union Member State, Romania should ensure the transposition into the national legislation of the EU Directive 2016/798 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on railway safety (reform) as part of the Fourth Railway Package – Technical Pillar and to communicate to the European Commission the texts of the specific national provisions until June 16, 2019.

Currently, although the documents transposing the two directives of the Fourth Railway Package – the Directive on Interoperability and the Directive on Railway Safety – are pending approval, the deadline for their transposition is already exceeded by eight days.

“The draft normative acts transposing the two directives of the Fourth Railway Package – Technical Pillar have been elaborated and promoted and are pending approval. As a European Union Member State, it is mandatory for Romania to apply the provisions of the Fourth Railway Package – the Technical Pillar, according to the provisions of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). For any infringement of the TFEU, the European Commission can initiate the infringement procedures against the member state which failed to observe these provisions”, according to the representatives of the Romanian Ministry of Transport, Agerpres.ro informs.

On 11 June, five days before the transposition deadline, AFER’s General Manager, Marian Mihail Călin, said in an international conference that “it is a matter of days” until the two directives will be transposed into the Romanian legislation.

According to specialists, almost two thirds of the EU member states have decided to postpone the implementation of the Fourth Railway Package’s provisions by one year, which is permitted by the European legislation. Romania could have asked for a motivated delay by the end of 2018.

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