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RAIL TRANSPORT: WORK ON EU RAIL TUNNEL SAFETY SPECIFICATIONS UNDER WAY.

In reply to a Parliamentary question (E-0366/03) about what the European Commission is planning to do to help improve rail tunnel safety, Loyola de Palacio, European Commissioner for Transport, said the EU executive was contemplating adopting technical specifications for interoperability (TSI) on this score. This TSI would be adopted as part of the process for implementing Directive 2001/16/EC on the interoperability of the conventional trans-European rail system. Against this background, the European Association for Railway Interoperability (AEIF) was authorised in October 2002 to develop a TSI project within 30 months. This will undergo a cost-benefit assessment and a process for consulting with representatives of users and both sides of business. It will then be submitted to the Committee provided for by Directive 2001/16. The TSI is due to be adopted in 2005.

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