Internal market and State aid — public passenger transport services by rail and road

 

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 on public passenger transport services by rail and by road

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?

KEY POINTS

The PSO regulation sets out:

Scope

The regulation applies to public passenger transport services by bus and by rail. However, EU countries can also apply it to public passenger transport by inland waterways and national sea waters.

Public service contracts and general rules

Awarding public service contracts

Public service contracts in the rail sector

Regulation (EU) 2016/2338 has amended this regulation by introducing the principle of competitive award also for public service contracts in the railway sector, which was previously excluded. Long transition periods were allowed, to enable authorities and operators to adapt to the new rules.

Direct award of rail contracts remains possible in exceptional and well-defined circumstances, notably where:

Transition period

Unconditional, direct awards of rail public service contracts will no longer be possible as of 25 December 2023.

FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

It has applied since 3 December 2009, except for Article 5 on awarding of public service contracts, which applies from 3 December 2019.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see:

MAIN DOCUMENT

Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on public passenger transport services by rail and by road and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) Nos 1191/69 and 1107/70 (OJ L 315, 3.12.2007, pp. 1-13)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 have been incorporated into the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Directive 2014/23/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the award of concession contracts (OJ L 94, 28.3.2014, pp. 1-64)

See consolidated version.

Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on public procurement and repealing Directive 2004/18/EC (OJ L 94, 28.3.2014, pp. 65-242)

See consolidated version.

Directive 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and repealing Directive 2004/17/EC (OJ L 94, 28.3.2014, pp. 243-374)

See consolidated version.

Communication from the Commission on interpretative guidelines concerning Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 on public passenger transport services by rail and by road (OJ C 92, 29.3.2014, pp. 1-21)

last update 01.10.2019