|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Mobility and Transport|
|Series Details||COM (2017) 548|
Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 27 September 2017, which aims to update the framework on rights and obligations for rail passengers.
Regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 established rights and obligations for rail passengers in order to protect them particularly when travel is disrupted, and to improve the efficiency and attractiveness of rail passenger services. It built on an existing system of international law - the Uniform Rules concerning the Contract for International Carriage of Passengers and Luggage by Rail - and extends its scope to domestic rail passenger services.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in 2013 that the Regulation's Article 17 did not allow for railway undertakings to be exempted from compensating passengers for delays cause by force majeure, which distinguishes rail from other transport modes. In the same year, a report on the application of the Regulation highlighted certain problematic areas, which were later confirmed by an impact assessment in 2016-17. The legislative proposal aims to address these shortcomings and to strike a new balance between keeping rail operators competitive and providing adequate passenger protection.
The recast was tabled by the European Commission on 27 September 2017. The European Parliament's relevant committee adopted a negotiating position on 9 October 2018, which was endorsed by the plenary on 15 November. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 2 December 2019. Negotiations between co-legislators were launched in January 2020, and an informal agreement on a compromise text was reached on 1 October. The Council formally endorsed it on 25 January 2021, followed by the Parliament on 29 April.
|Subject Categories||Internal Markets, Mobility and Transport|
|Subject Tags||Consumer Rights | Protection, Rail Transport|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|