The appeal of the DAE head occurs in the context of the European Commission’s having initiated a new dialogue with Member States on two regulations that envisage the transport sector and which are due to come in force in December this year.
In this context, Minister Puscas urges both governmental institutions with responsibilities in the transportation industry and the local authorities, the civil society and non-governmental organizations to responsibly get involved in the crafting of the new standards.
„It is very important for all responsible structures, but for the civil society as well, to provide solutions that can improve the quality of services, as transport is particularly important for market operators, and for citizens as well,” Puscas stats in a Tuesday release.
To this end, the European Affairs Department will suggest that this debate is placed on the agenda of the first session of the European affairs coordination meeting in September.
The Regulation on rail passengers rights and obligations and the Regulation on public rail and road passenger transport services will come in force in December this year, in a bid to improve the functioning of the European rail and road passenger transport services.
The regulations incorporate important norms regarding the content of public service contracts and the award procedures of such contracts, the quality and safety of transport, as well as the obligation of the transport companies to provide the passengers with conclusive information about the travel, ticket fees, the most convenient routes, delays and information about lost baggage.
The aforementioned regulations also set in place the travelers’ minimum rights (such as the mandatory assistance to disabled persons or persons with reduced mobility in stations), but also the passengers’ obligations when traveling by train in the European Union.
Under the said provisions the passengers enjoy rights similar to those already in force under the community legislation on air transport.