The government bill for a new Railway Act currently under preparation would still open up railway competition regrettably slowly, observes the FCA in its statement to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The Act would only carry out the obligatory changes caused by EU regulations, i.e. competition is proposed to be freed solely within the intra-EU international traffic. Domestic passenger and freight traffic and the traffic between Finland and Russia would still remain the sole right of the VR Group.
The FCA estimates that Finland is well prepared for opening up domestic freight traffic and the commuter traffic within the metropolitan area more rapidly than what is proposed now. E.g. Sweden has gained good experiences for opening up the railway freight traffic to competition: prices have decreased by 10% during the past five years.
In its statement, the FCA repeated its former proposal that competition should be possible both in passenger long distance traffic where the state acts as the buyer and in the freight traffic between Finland and Russia.
Further information: Senior Research Officer Hannu Pohjonen, tel. +358 9 7314 3343.
last modified 12/22/2003