The Economics of EU Railway Reform

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This briefing paper by the College of Europe (Bruges,
Natolin) inspects the main economic aspects of EU rail
reform. After highlighting the dramatic loss of market share
of rail since the 1960s, the case for reform is argued to
rest on three arguments: the need for greater competitiveness
of rail, promoting the (market driven) diversion of road
haulage to rail as a step towards sustainable mobility in
Europe, and an end to the disproportional claims on public
budgets of Member States.


: Loris Di Pietrantonio, and Jacques


 to download a pdf copy of “The
Economics of EU Railway Reform”, Bruges
European Economic Policy Briefings n°8,
College of Europe, Brugge, Natolin (September

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