Airline consolidation limits competition and reduces consumer choice

A research report released last week by ETTSA confirms that airline consolidation limits competition and reduces consumer choice. Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and code-share agreements have led to reduced competition, fewer choices and higher prices for consumers.

The report has been supported by the European Federation of Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA), the European Passengers’ Federation (EPF), the […]

EPF nominates the passenger for the European Railway Award

The European Railway Award was initiated in 2007 and is jointly organised by the CER and UNIFE.  This year, EPF has nominated ‘the passenger’ for the European Railway Award.

To fulfill the aims of the EU 2011 Transport White Paper, a modal shift is needed towards more environmentally friendly transport modes. In order to encourage and convince more people to use public transport, the passenger […]

Recast of EU rail passenger rights

The European Commission would like to revise the rights of passengers in railway transport (Regulation 1371/2007). To this end, it has published several documents together with proposed amendments and possible implications. The proposal for the recast is probably the most interesting. It contains some statements from different interest groups on request for change, and from page 14 onwards a […]

EPF Newsletter #4

EPF newsletter #4

PRM Working group report
EPF is not really satisfied with the work of ERA in the PRM working group. The idea is to implement the rules of accessibility, but the work has not been very successful.

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Public consultation ITS directive: EPF response
The Commission is currently carrying out an evaluation of the Directive. EPF’s response to the public consultation questionnaire […]

10 minute frequency Copenhagen-Malmö resumed

On the 4th September, the regular 10 minutes frequency of the trains across the Öresund bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö will be resumed. Successively the problems for the travelling public have been diminished. The obligatory change of trains at Copenhagen Kastrup airport station during more than a year was abolished a few months ago. Still the trains are slower […]

PRM working group report

Kurt Hultgren, on behalf of the EPF management Board, has written a report about the PRM working group in ERA. We are not really satisfied with the work of ERA in this working group. The idea is to implement the rules of accessibility, but the work has not been successful. The report can be downloaded here.

EPF response to public consultation ITS Directive

The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Directive (Directive 2010/40/EU) provides the legal framework in support of the coordinated and coherent deployment and use of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) within the Union, in particular across borders. The Commission is currently carrying out an evaluation of the Directive to assess to which extent the ITS Directive contributed to the faster and more coordinated deployment […]

EPF Newsletter #3

EPF newsletter #3

EU law aspects of PNR in public transport
At the request of EPF and its Dutch member Rover, the Meijers Committee – a group of distinguished lawyers in the Netherlands – has written a note on the extension of the scope of application of PNR rules to the railway sector.

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Air ticket surcharges
EPF, ETTSA, Friendly Flying, Guild of Travel […]

Evaluation of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Directive

The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Directive (Directive 2010/40/EU) provides the legal framework in support of the coordinated and coherent deployment and use of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) within the Union, in particular across borders. The Commission is currently carrying out an evaluation of the Directive to assess to which extent the ITS Directive contributed to the faster and more […]

Revision of Regulation 1371/2007

EPF looks forward with interest to the Commission’s proposal for the revision of Regulation 1371/2007 on rail passenger rights. We therefore sent a letter to Ms Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, and Mr Hololei, Director-General of DG Move, stressing that we find it very important that the right to assistance and compensation for delay should be based on the complete journey […]