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  • 2019

    The ECh&W debate during the TRAKO International Railway Fair

    The ECh&W debate during the TRAKO International Railway Fair

    During the TRAKO International Railway Fair there was a debate that was held on “Challenges for producers. Prospects for international expansion and financing mechanisms after 2020.” The debate was organized by ECh&W Law Firm as well as the Polish Investment and Trade Agency [PL: Polska Agencja Inwestycji i Handlu]. The debate was attended by representatives of rolling stock’s manufacturers and infrastructure components, representatives of rolling stock companies, the banking sector and the President of the Office of Rail Transport [PL: Prezes Urzędu Transportu Kolejowego]. Among the panellists there were also representatives of the organizers, i.e. ECh&W Law Firm and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency [PL: Polska Agencja Inwestycji i Handlu]. ECh&W Law Firm is pleased to announce that the eminent panelists included:

    • Ignacy Góra – President of the Office of Rail Transport [PL: Prezes Urzędu Transportu Kolejowego];
    • Krzysztof Senger – Vice-President of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency [PL: Wiceprezes Polskiej Agencji Inwestycji i Handlu];
    • Rafał Leszczyński – Chief Executive Officer of KZN Bieżanów sp. z o.o.;
    • Dagmara Zawadzka – Director at Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego S.A.
    • Piotr Ignasiak – Chief Executive Officer of Industrial Division sp. z o.o.
    • Marcus Prochner – head of the European homologation department at Bombardier Transportation GmbH – Kassel

    as well as our attorney Michał Zięba – associate partner at ECh&W Law Firm.

    The debate was moderated by Łukasz Malinowski – lead editor of the Rynek Kolejowy industry portal in which ECh&W Law Firm is a partner of the Law and Politics department.

    The debate revolved around three main themes which have a fundamental impact on the railway system in Poland as well as in the European Union, i.e.:

    • a new model of certification and placing in service of railway products proposed by the Office of Rail Transport [PL: Urząd Transportu Kolejowego] in Poland, subject to testing for compliance with the so-called list of the President of UTK,
    • new ways of financing infrastructure and rolling stock investments in the forthcoming financial perspective with particular reference to innovative mechanisms promoted by the European Commission,
    • export prospects for Polish railway products and services in the European Union and outside the EU.

     

    Participants of the debate concordantly agreed that the system of certification of railway products should be as transparent as possible, and pan-European requirements should rather not be supplemented by additional domestic restrictions. Today, however, the situation is different, and the announced changes to the law will enter into force at the earliest in 2020.

    It was strongly emphasized that the purpose of the IV Railway Package was to eliminate unnecessary barriers and administrative burdens, and a consistent permission to operate vehicles (issued by the European Railway Agency) would be in force in all EU Member States.

    A detailed account of the debate has been prepared by the editors of Rynek Kolejowy in the following press articles which we highly encourage you to read:

    1. Transparent certification crucial for the development of the railway sector

    https://www.rynek-kolejowy.pl/wiadomosci/przejrzysta-certyfikacja-kluczowa-dla-rozwoju-sektora-kolejowego-93908.html

    2. IV Railway Package – a chance for Polish export?

    https://www.rynek-kolejowy.pl/wiadomosci/iv-pakiet-kolejowy-szansa-dla-polskiego-eksportu-93907.html

    3. IV Railway Package as an opportunity for rolling stock companies (ROSCO)

    https://www.rynek-kolejowy.pl/wiadomosci/iv-pakiet-kolejowy-szansa-dla-pooli-taborowych-93909.html

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