The 4th Railway Package is a set of legislative texts designed to complete the single market for rail services (Single European Railway Area). Its overarching goal is to revitalise the rail sector and make it more efficient and therefore competitive vis-à-vis other modes of transport.
The 'technical pillar', which was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in April 2016, enhances the role of the Agency by introducing new tasks to ensure a uniform implementation of the EU framework. It includes:
Further information on the legislation can be found in all EU languages on EUR-LEX website.
The technical pillar is designed to boost the competitiveness of the European railway sector by significantly reducing the costs and the administrative burden for cross-border rail services. In particular, it will:
The technical pillar of the 4th Railway Package brings the following main changes:
The changes brought by the technical pillar of the 4th Railway Package will affect anyone who:
ERA can identify the need to call for external experts in order to assist it in its assessment tasks after receiving an application for a vehicle authorisation or a safety certificate. External experts may be staff members of the national safety authorities designated by their employer or independent experts. In both cases, those experts must fulfil the same competency requirements.