Finland to liberalise passenger rail sector
FINLAND's transport and communications minister Mrs Anne Berner announced on October 1 that the government will introduce legislation next year to end VR Group's monopoly on passenger services. Berner says her ministry is now looking to "find the most viable model for Finnish conditions," and proposals for a new structure will be revealed in Spring 2016 which will seek to clarify the roles of different players in the sector.
"An open market is needed to provide customer-orientated services with supply meeting demand," says Berner.
"Without competition there is currently no means of assessing the cost-effectiveness of rail transport and quality.The opening of the rail market to competition means that VR's exclusive rights will be terminated and other actors will be able to enter the sector." Berner also dismissed reports in the Finnish media that the government is planning to privatise VR Group. "This does not mean the privatisation of VR - the state is not giving up VR's ownership."
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