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Greater government control of Prorail leads to CEO resignation THE CEO of Dutch infrastructure manager Prorail, Mrs Marion Gout-van Sinderen, tendered her resignation unexpectedly on April 3.
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ITALY's prime minister Mr Matteo Renzi has named Italian State Railways (FS) CEO Mr Mauro Moretti as CEO of Finmeccanica, the country's largest state-owned conglomerate, as part of a wider reshuffle of senior managers at...
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ITALIAN Rail Network (RFI) has refuted claims that it gave Trenitalia a competitive advantage over its open-access high-speed competitor NTV by denying NTV access to Rome Termini station in the centre of the Italian capital....
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THE CEO of Dutch infrastructure manager Prorail, Mrs Marion Gout-van Sinderen, tendered her resignation unexpectedly on April 3. Gout-van Sinderen's decision to leave Prorail follows the Dutch government's recent announcement that Prorail will cease to...
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THE first meeting of the EU-Japan Industrial Dialogue on Railways, which was organised by the European Commission (EC) and Japanese government, took place in Brussels last week and provided officials with an opportunity to discuss...
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THE European Commission (EC) has initiated infraction proceedings against Italy and Austria for failing to implement correctly, fully, and on time European Union (EU) directives relating to their railways. Italy will appear in the European Court...
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THE European Commission (EC) has launched an investigation into the use of public service compensation and free asset transfers in the Italian railfreight market amid concerns over the possible use of illegal state aid. The EC...
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SPAIN's transport minister Mrs Ana Pastor this week unveiled further details of the liberalisation process initiated in February 2013 and confirmed the government's intention to kick-off the partial privatisation of the freight branch of Renfe...
MINISTERS that make up Europe's Transport Council today adopted a favourable position on the legal framework for the regulation establishing the Shift²Rail Joint Undertaking, while the council has also completed its work on the technical...
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THE Association of French Regions (ARF) has called on the French government to liberalise the market for the operation of regional rail services by 2019 as tensions between its members and French National Railways (SNCF)...
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MEMBERS of the European parliament today voted to amend several key elements of the Fourth Railway Package during a plenary vote on its six legislative proposals, a move that has drawn criticism from European Commission...