Members' Research Service By / November 20, 2023

Improving use of rail infrastructure capacity [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Commission Green Deal sets as a goal to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 % by 2030, compared with 1990 levels.

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Written by Jaan Soone (1st edition).

In July 2023, the Commission tabled a package of proposals for the greening of freight transport. Among the three proposals is one on improving the use of rail infrastructure capacity. The proposed text includes changes to the rules on the planning and allocation of railway infrastructure capacity, currently covered by Directive 2012/34/EU and Regulation (EU) No 913/2010. The aim of the changes is to allow rail infrastructure capacity and traffic to be managed more efficiently, thereby improving the quality of services and optimising the use of the railway network, accommodating larger volumes of traffic and ensuring that the transport sector contributes to decarbonisation.

In Parliament, the file has been referred to the Committee on Transport and Tourism. The rapporteur, Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg), has yet to publish her draft report.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the use of railway infrastructure capacity in the single European railway area, amending Directive 2012/34/EU and repealing Regulation (EU) No 913/2010
Committee responsible:Transport and Tourism (TRAN)COM(2023) 443
Rapporteur:Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg)2023/0271 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Marian-Jean Marinescu (EPP, Romania)
Bogusław Liberadzki (S&D, Poland)
Dominique Riquet (Renew Europe, France)
Dorien Rookmaker (ECR, The Netherlands)
Marco Campomenosi (ID, Italy)
Ordinary legislative
procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council
on equal footing –
formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report

Stage: Commission proposal

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