Updated Guidelines for RFCs

January 02, 2017

On 8 December 2016, the RNE General Assembly adopted major amendments to two RFC-relevant Guidelines: the Corridor Information Document Common Structure, and the C-OSS and PaP Guidelines.

From harmonisation of the structure to harmonisation of the content

In April 2016, a new stage of harmonisation of the CIDs started, which had been long-awaited by the RFCs' customers. A common template and process were created for the Network Statement excerpts in Book 2 through the establishment of an online platform where all IMs/ABs can insert and update the structure of their Network Statements. In this way, each RFC can then easily assemble all this information for its specific Book 2.

In addition, a dedicated task force under the RNE umbrella has achieved the production of a complete harmonised text for Book 4 (Procedures for Capacity and Traffic Management). Because not all processes have been harmonised across the RFCs yet, the harmonised Book 4 also takes into consideration the specificities of individual RFCs — under the condition that the extent of specific texts will decrease as much as possible in the coming years.

Finally, the Common Structure has been amended in line with the harmonised texts. The next step will be the complete harmonisation of Book 2 and that of Book 1 (Generalities), which have already started and are expected to be finalised in 2017.

Streamlined definition of the Pre-arranged Path Product incorporated in single combined guidelines

Earlier in 2016, RNE started to streamline the Pre-arranged Path product offered by the RFCs. A task force consisting of C-OSS managers and timetabling experts revised the existing Guidelines. This resulted in the merging of the standing Guidelines for Corridor OSS V7.0 and the Guidelines for Pre-arranged Paths V3.0 into the combined Guidelines for C-OSS concerning PaP and RC Management V1.0.

During this process, all obsolete/redundant contents were eliminated. The complete description provided by the two previous Guidelines was reviewed, the aim being to close all gaps in the standing process description and provide for an adequate level of detail. The newly described process is closer to market requirements and will enable C-OSSs to fulfil their coordinating role better.

To assist those working with the Guidelines, the aforesaid task force also created an Explanation of changes made in the former two documents resulting in a single combined Guidelines.

Since the new Guidelines require several developments of the Path Coordination System (PCS), they can be activated for the 2019 timetable year at the earliest as regards annual requests and, as regards ad-hoc requests, for the 2018 timetable year at the earliest. In the meantime, the previous Guidelines will remain valid and applicable.

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