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Legislation News from February Commented by Veronika Petrova, CEO VP Rail Consult

Legislation News from February Commented by Veronika Petrova, CEO VP Rail Consult
photo: RAILTARGET/Veronika Petrova
12 / 03 / 2024

RAILTARGET presents you with the latest series of monthly articles, casting a spotlight on news surrounding the European Union, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. This part delves into the heart of the EU's legislative evolution, Slovakia's legislative agenda, and the Czech Republic's strategic adjustments in transport and infrastructure governance.

What's new in the European Union?

The European Union is awaiting the elections to the European Parliament. The elections were announced in some national states already (Czech Republic on 8 June 2024, Slovakia on 8 June 2024).

As of 18 March 2024, the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2024/751 of 11 December 2023 amending Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the indicative maps of the trans-European transport network come into force. There are amendments to its annexes. New routes were added to TEN-T.

A Regulation (EU) 2024/792 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 February 2024 establishing the Ukraine Facility program was published. The program should focus on rebuilding and modernizing infrastructure damaged by the war, such as energy infrastructure, water systems, internal and cross-border transport networks including rail, roads and bridges and border crossing points, and educational and cultural infrastructure, and fostering modern, improved, and resilient infrastructures.

Europe's Rail Info Days took place on 9 February 2024. At the start of April 2024, Connecting Europe Days will take place.

What's new in Slovakia?

A large amount of legislation influencing the undertaking in Slovakia is in the National Council of the Slovak Republic (as the Income Tax Act, Securities Act, VAT Act, Accounting Act, Labor Code, etc.).

A Decree No. 15/2024 Coll., of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, which implements the Act on the Central Register of Accounts and Amendments to Certain Acts, was published in the Collection of Laws. It entered into on 15 February 2024. The Central Register of Accounts is a public administration information system maintained to facilitate the access of the Slovak public authorities to data on accounts and safe deposit boxes maintained or rented in the territory of the Slovak Republic. The system is administered by the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic.

On 1 February 2024, the Government of the Slovak Republic negotiated the proposal to amend the Statute of the Ministry of Transport of the Slovak Republic regarding the public personal transportation competencies of the Ministry.

The Ministry of Transport of Slovakia prepared a draft law on strategic investments and construction of the trans-European transport network.

Slovakian Transport Authority published its State Supervision Plan for 2024.

What's new in the Czech Republic?

Decree No. 32/2024 Coll., on territorial workplaces of the newly established Transport and Energy Building Office was published.

In the Interdepartmental Comment Procedure, there are two proposals. A draft decree amending decree no. 16/2012 Coll., on the professional competence of persons driving railway vehicles and persons carrying out revisions, inspections, and tests of specified technical equipment and on the amendment of Ministry of Transport decree no. 101/1995 Coll., which issues the Order for the health and professional fitness of persons in the operation of railways and rail transport, as amended, as amended. And also, there was the draft law amending Act no. 77/2002 Coll., on the joint-stock company České dráhy, the state organization Správa železnic and on the amendment of Act no. 266/1994 Coll., on railways, as amended, and Act no. 77/1997 Coll., on state-owned enterprise, as amended, as amended.

The Government of the Czech Republic negotiated changes in the board of directors of the state-owned organization Správa železnic and České dráhy too. On 21 February 2024, the Government agreed with the establishment of Awards granted by the Ministry of Transport.

The Czech Ministry of Transport announced a second competition in the DOPRAVA 2030 program.