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FT.com / Companies / Rail - Brussels urged to act over SNCF

The once-cosy world of European state-owned railways was given a jolt on Thursday as Italy revealed it had teamed up with Germany's Deutsche Bahn to press the European Commission to act against what they saw as unfair competition and fully liberalise national passenger markets.

Mauro Moretti, chief executive of Italy's state-owned Ferrovie dello Stato, made it clear that the Italian-German initiative was aimed primarily at France's SNCF, which he accused of unfair competition and obstruction. "This is our first action [against SNCF]," he told the Financial Times. "If there is not a positive answer we can consider other steps."EDITOR'S CHOICETensions high between rail operators

Their action follows raids by the French competition authorities last month against SNCF.

It said it would co-operate fully with the inquiries about the openness of the rail freight market, saying it was "playing the game fairly".

SNCF also rejected D Bahn's and Ferrovie's accusations, pointing out that since its rail freight market started deregulating in 2005, private competitors had taken 8 per cent of the market - a point it said took 10 years to be reached in Germany.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Dec 13th, 2008 at 07:09:45 PM EST
BTW. What kind of impression does the last photo in the diary leave on you? What caption would you write under it if you didn't seen mine?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Dec 14th, 2008 at 06:10:16 AM EST
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I would probably have thought he was  a CEO for a train company launching a new high speed train...  He looks a bit smug in his fancy surroundings but that is not unexpected.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Dec 14th, 2008 at 08:57:27 AM EST
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The decoration of the surroundings throws back to the times of Railways concessions in Napoleon IIIrd France... "The Baron de Rocincourt will build the Paris-Rennes line with capital lent by the Bretagne General Bank for Trade and Industry"

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sun Dec 14th, 2008 at 09:06:19 AM EST
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The floor is so slippery that the photographer is falling down.
by asdf on Sun Dec 14th, 2008 at 11:42:16 AM EST
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