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Application of State Aid Rules to Railway Rolling Stock Investment Projects: Polish Experiences

Stefan Akira Jarecki

In order to achieve the goals of the EU transport policy it is necessary to improve the quality of passenger transport rail services. One of main reasons for the poor quality of these services is the outdated rail vehicle fleet. European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds provide a unique opportunity for the modernisation of this fleet. However, the issue arises whether the public funding of rolling stock investments constitutes State aid within the meaning of Article 107(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU or Treaty). In this case, could the aid be justified, i.e. could such aid be declared compatible with the EU internal market? The article presents the Polish experience in this field.

Dr (PhD) Stefan Jarecki, Academy of Applied Informatics and Management (Wyższa Szkoła Informatyki Stosowanej i Zarządzania) Warsaw, participant in the Warsaw Seminar of Axiology of Administration, Chief Specialist in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Poland. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and should not be attributed to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development.


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