Step towards a single European railway area
The EU Committee of the permanent representatives of the governments (Coreper) has given its go-ahead for faster and less burdensome vehicle authorisation and safety certification procedures for European railways.
The updated interoperability and safety directives, plus the ERA regulation, make up the technical pillar of the fourth railway package. Until now, whenever a rolling stock manufacturer wanted to place a new vehicle on the market in several EU countries, it had to lodge separate applications with the authorities of each of those countries. The new rules eliminate the need for multiple applications. (ben)