On 9 and 10 November IRG-Rail’s Plenary Assembly met for its second and final session in 2021. It was chaired by Maria-Theresia Roehsler from Schienen-Control, Austria’s rail regulating body. The Plenary adopted an organisational reform making quality majority voting the rule while maintaining the principle of consensus only for a few matters such as the acceptance of new members. IRG-Rail’s Plenary Assembly also adopted
- the Work Programme 2022,
- a Paper on Market Segmentation & Mark-ups (“Overview of the application of market segments and mark-ups in consideration of Directive 2012/34/EU”),
- a Paper on Charges for Freight Terminals (“Update of the Overview of Charges and Charging principles for Freight Terminals”),
- a Paper on Ticketing (“Overview and challenges - integrated ticketing and through-ticketing measures in the EU”),
- a Report on TCRs (“Overview of the implementation of current rules relating to Temporary Capacity Restrictions (TCRs) under Delegated Decision (EU) 2017/2075”),
- a Report on Tracks in Ports (“Regulatory practice for classification of tracks in the main maritime and inland port(s) in different European countries”),
- a Report on Exemptions (“Update of the report on experience gained from exemptions granted under Article 2 Paragraph 2 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2177”).
During the Plenary, IRG-Rail’s members also addressed issues ranging from the impact of COVID-19 on the rail market to the regulating bodies’ engagement with other actors of the European railway sector.
IRG-Rail’s Plenary Assembly will meet again in the first half of 2022 and will be chaired by Nikola Popovic of HAKOM, Croatia’s rail regulating body.