The MPs gave a first reading to the Code of Railway Transport on September 23. Under the draft Code, railroad infrastructure will continue to belong to the state, while the hauling, passenger and freight transportation service can be provided by private operators. The bill authors said the implementation of the new Code will eliminate the monopoly held by the state-run enterprise Moldova’s Railways on the rail services market, IPN reports.
“I repeat, in particular for the citizens - the state will continue to be the only owner of railroad infrastructure. Private operators will have access only to freight or passenger rail transport if there is demand. Clear rules will be set down as to the state’s contribution to the development of railroad infrastructure,” Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spînu, Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development, said in Parliament.
The state will be able to consider the possibility of compensating costs and investments made by rail passenger operators. There will be created the Railway Authority that will monitor the sector, will implement the policies on rail transport and will ensure railway security. It will also issue rail transport authorizations to railway enterprises and permits for train mechanics.
The draft Code of Railway Transport is to be given a final reading.