European Commission calls on PORTUGAL to correctly apply EU rules on railway safety

The Commission is urging Portugal to correctly apply and comply with the requirements of Directive 2004/49/EC.

This Directive requires Member States among other things to allocate safety responsibilities to different stakeholders of the railway sector, and to define common principles for the management, regulation and supervision of railway safety.

Shortcomings have been identified concerning the supervision of the safety management systems of railway undertakings and infrastructure managers, the follow-up to safety recommendations issued by the investigating bodies and the organisational capacity of Portugal’s national safety authority.

Portugal now has four months to reply and to correct its legislation and current practices; otherwise, the Commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion to the Portuguese authorities.

Arianna Podesta –

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