EU sues Greece for failure to comply with railway transport rules

EU sues Greece for failure to comply with railway transport rules

The EU is suing Greece for not complying with EU rules on railway transport, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

The EU said Greece failed to fulfil its obligations under the Single European Railway Area Directive (2012/34/EU), which specifies that member-states had to ensure “that a contractual agreement between the national competent authority and the railway infrastructure manager was concluded by 16 June 2015 at the latest, and published within one month.”

“Concluding and publishing such agreement is particularly important for the transparency of the upcoming projects in the railway infrastructure network,” the bloc says. This agreement should contain “essential provisions such as the amount of funds allocated to the infrastructure services as well as user-oriented performance targets (for example line speed, customer satisfaction or environmental protection).”

Despite exchanges between the Commission and Greece, the national authorities have still not signed and published the contractual agreement with the Greek railway infrastructure manager, OSE.

Also on Wednesday, the EU announced it issuing Croatia, Hungary and Portugal for failing to enact EU rules promoting more renewable energy in Europe, and again Hungary for voting against the position of the EU on the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on scheduling cannabis and cannabis-related substances.

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