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US Government Disabled Competition on the Rail

12:55  08 april  2021
12:55  08 april  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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The Federal Court of Financial Court has massively criticized the course of the Federal Government in railway policy. It will fail to dispel competitive barriers in the railway markets, it says in a report to the Budget Committee of the Bundestag.

Der Bundesrechnungshof kritisiert den Kurs der Bundesregierung in der Bahnpolitik massiv. © Picture Alliance / DPA / Symbol Photo The Federal Court of Findings criticizes the course of the Federal Government massively in the railway policy.

The goal of relocating traffic from the road to the rail will miss out. Specifically, the Court of Auditors accepts a bill of the Ministry of Transport to the further development of railway regulatory law.

The report was presented by the German Press Agency. It says, for the federal government, "opposing interests" in terms of its roles in the railway markets. As a designer of the market order, he must ensure a discriminatory competition. On the other hand, he is committed as the owner of Deutsche Bahn AG to the well-being of the company. With the bill, the Ministry of Transport does not contribute to dissolve this tension.

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As an integrated group, Deutsche Bahn operates the rail network on which his trains in competition with other providers at the same time. Specifically, in the report of the Court of Auditors, for example, are the costs incurred by DB Netz AG in connection with the provision of railways that are financed by the users of the infrastructure via trasset charges. The bill shows a return claim of DB Netz AG, which is by no means risk as the federal infrastructure operator.

The Confederation intends to increase the equity of DB Netz AG in the course of its climate program. In the consequence, however, due to the capital cost regulation in the regulatory law, the rail transport can be further exposed to rising road charges. This does not only contribute to the purposes of the federal government to shift traffic to the rail and reduce the carry charges. It also runs the presence of the law, to set DB Netz AG incentives to reduce its costs.

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The Federal Court of Financial Court also criticizes problems with overloaded railways would not be solved. DB Netz AG must be undertaken more to eliminate bottlenecks: «The number of building capacity bottlenecks is likely to continue to increase due to the high degree of renovation in the rail network.» In the design, the urgent regulation lacks that the Federal Network Agency can impose fines in case of violations of the law if, for example, DB Netz AG competitors discriminate against.

According to the report, the Ministry of Transportation rejected the criticism. With the bill, EUROPA Limitations would be implemented "one-to-one". Lower capital interest for DB Netz AG would lead to a shortfall in railway financing, which is to be carried by the Confederation. DB Netz AG underlying significant economic risks, which is illustrated by sales burdens due to the Corona Pandemic.

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of the Green Traffic Politician Matthias Hospel commented on Thursday, the report is destructive. "It just does not work if the leader of the Bundesliga at the same time is referee." The Ministry of Transport is deeply in the conflict of interest between its role as the owner of the DB Group and as a designer of the market order. The FDP MP Torsten Autumn criticized: "The Federal Government prevents more choices and better deals for millions of railways. Private competitors of Deutsche Bahn AG should be held out of the market as possible. "

The railway competitors also reaffirmed their criticism on the bill. Only a fundamental redesign of the railway regulation would live up to the political claim of transport relocation on the rail, so the network of European railways. Bundestag and the Federal Council would have to decide whether they want to support a real road transition, or the "major perspiration forces" in the railway infrastructure.

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