Spain failed to “correctly” transpose EU rules on single railway area

The European Commission decided to send a letter of formal notice to Spain for failing to correctly transpose the EU legislation establishing a single European railway area (Directive 2012/34/EU).
According to the EC, the rail regulatory framework in Spain is in breach of several provisions of the Directive, concerning inter alia the powers and resources of the regulatory body, the management independence of the infrastructure manager, in particular as regards the setting of infrastructure charges, and the independence of the railway undertaking from the State.
Shortcomings have also been identified in the allocation of infrastructure capacity and in the infrastructure charging system. Spain has two months to reply to the arguments raised by the Commission, otherwise the EC will send a reasoned opinion.