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Rail passengers’ rights and obligations in the EU [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Damiano Scordamaglia (6th edition, updated on 9.4.2021),

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In 2007, the EU established a set of basic rights for rail passengers, which became applicable at the end of 2009. These rights provide for all passengers, including those with reduced mobility, a harmonised minimum level of protection, information and assistance. Reports have concluded that the implementation of these rights, although relatively smooth, is not done uniformly across the EU. Moreover, other shortcomings have prevented these rights from being used to their full potential. In September 2017, the European Commission presented a new proposal to address these issues and to strike a new balance between keeping rail operators competitive and providing adequate passenger protection. The European Parliament adopted its first-reading position on this proposal on 15 November 2018. For its part, the Council adopted its general approach on 2 December 2019, under the Finnish Presidency. Interinstitutional negotiations began at the end of January 2020, and on 1 October 2020, under the Germany Presidency, Council and Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the text. On 16 March 2021, the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism voted in favour of the agreed text as adopted by the Council. After more than three years of debate, the Parliament is expected to vote at second reading on this rather controversial proposal during its April 2021 plenary session.


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on rail passengers’ rights and obligations
Committee responsible: Transport and Tourism (TRAN) COM(2017) 548
Rapporteur: Bogusław Liberadzki (S&D, Poland) 2017/0237(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Brice Hortefeux (EPP, France)
José Ramón Bauzá Díaz (Renew Europe, Spain)
Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Roman Haider (ID, Austria)
Tomasz Piotr Poręba (ECR, Poland)
João Ferreira (GUE/NGL, Portugal)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Second-reading vote in plenary


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