Legal Matters Working Group
The RailNetEurope Legal Matters Working Group (LM WG) consists of lawyers and legal experts drawn from RNE member-organisations. The group was active in connection with the foundation of RNE as early as 2002; in 2003 it met frequently to draft RNE’s statutes and internal rules. Since the Association was founded in 2004, the group has been providing legal advice to RNE.
The LM WG provides support to RailNetEurope as regards all internal legal issues relating to the Association’s Statutes, Internal Rules and membership fees, as well as various contractual issues.
The LM WG has drafted various legal papers, for instance an investigation of dispute resolution or billing procedures.
In 2011-2012, the templates for IT contracts between RNE and its business partners were revised.
The LM WG is also in charge of negotiations on issues with a legal dimension and has led important harmonisation projects such as:
In addition, the LM WG exchanges and analyses information on new developments in the fields of national and international legislation, such as first IM experiences with RU claims resulting from the passenger rights Regulation 1371/2007, or the revision of the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) by the OTIF (Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail). Here the COTIF’s Annex E on the use of infrastructure (CUI) was particularly important.Finally the LM WG has drafted a Funding Cooperation Agreement between RNE and its Members. This deals with the European Union funding of corridor implementation measures by RNE Members and constitutes a solid basis for the contractual relation between RNE as Coordinator and the Members as Co-Beneficiaries.