Railway infrastructure will be owned by the state, and traction, passenger and freight services can be provided to private operators.

The railway will be partially operated by private operators in Moldova

The Moldovan parliament adopted the draft Railway Transport Code in the first reading. According to the document, the Moldovan railway will be partially managed by private operators.

This was reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply.

According to the authors of the document, its implementation will eliminate the monopoly of the state enterprise “Railway of Moldova” in the market of railway services.

Railway infrastructure will continue to be state-owned, and traction, passenger and freight services can be provided by private operators. The Code will enter into force no later than 24 months from the date of its publication.

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At the end of August this year, the Moldovan government approved the draft Railway Transport Code and it was submitted to parliament. According to Andriy Spin, Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the new code will serve as a legal basis for launching reforms in the sector.

Earlier, in April of this year, employees of the state enterprise “Railway of Moldova” went on strike, demanding repayment of wage arrears. At the railway junctions in Ocnita, Balti, Bender and Bessarabka, employees went to work but refused to perform their duties in protest. As a result, members of the Moldovan parliament previously set up a commission, the members of which inspected the activities of the State Enterprise “Moldovan Railway” and came to the conclusion that the company is on the verge of bankruptcy.

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