July 12, 2017

EC approves state aid for Danish rail freight ETCS support scheme

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EC approves state aid for Danish rail freight ETCS support scheme Jürgen Hörstel

THE European Commission (EC) announced on July 11 that it has approved a Danish scheme to help rail freight operators fund the installation of ETCS equipment on their locomotives.

The DKr 55m ($US 8.45m) grant funding programme will enable freight operators to equip new and existing locomotives with ETCS as Denmark prepares for the rollout of ERTMS across the national network.

The EC says it has assessed the compatibility of the scheme under the 2008 Commission Guidelines on state aid for railway companies, concluding that the measures were “proportionate, in accordance with EU state aid rules.”

In April 2016 DB Cargo warned that it could be forced to pull out of the Scandinavian rail freight market because of the cost of equipping its locomotives with ETCS.

 

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