Legal Matters General Information
The RailNetEurope Legal Matters Working Group (LM WG) consists of lawyers and legal experts recruited from RNE member organisations. The working group was active and involved in the foundation of RNE as early as 2002; in 2003 it met frequently to draft RNE’s statutes and internal rules. Since RNE’s foundation in 2004, the working group has been providing legal advice.
The LM WG provides support to RailNetEurope as regards all internal legal issues relating to the association’s statutes, Internal Rules and Operational Guidelines (IROGs) and other operational documents, as well as various contractual issues. One central objective of the LM WG is to improve business relations between Infrastructure Managers (IMs) and Railway Undertakings (RUs). To this end, the LM WG has created contract templates such as the Standard Contract for the Use of Railway Infrastructure (2004) or the standard Framework Agreement regarding capacity offered and charges to be levied for more than one timetable period (2005). It has also agreed on a concept termed ‘Power of Representation’ which allows one or several IMs to act on each other’s behalf towards customers regarding the contract for the use of infrastructure.
The LM WG is also in charge of negotiations concerning issues with a legal dimension and has led important harmonisation projects such as the creation of the European General Terms and Conditions (EGTC) and the European Performance Regime (EPR).
Finally, the group monitors international and European legislation, gives recommendations as to their interpretation and provides expert input to RNE lobbying organisations CER and EIM.