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Support study for DG COMP for the revision of the Railway Guidelines

Lear, together with E.CA Economics, Sheppard Mullin and University of East Anglia, has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out a study to assist in the revision the Community guidelines on State aid for railway undertakings. The study will provide the Commission with the relevant information to update the Guidelines, to ensure that they are apt to promote the full liberalization of the rail sector and well-aligned with the regulatory developments that ensure a level-playing field in the internal market. In addition, the results of the study will support the EU policy priorities in the context of the digital transition and the Green Deal emphasizing the importance of the modal shift from road to less polluting transport modes such as rail and inland waterways, in order to meet the Union’s emissions reduction target by 2050. The revision of the Guidelines will also consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the transport sector in the Member States and seize the opportunities afforded by the recovery plans to exit the crisis while promoting the twin green and digital transformations.