Rail safety in Bulgaria and the Commission’s request

Rail safety in Bulgaria and the Commission’s request

The European Commission requested Bulgaria to bring all its national rules in line with EU law on railway safety. This Directive requires Member States to establish an independent safety authority and an independent accident and incident investigation body. It also requires allocating tasks and safety responsibilities to various railway stakeholders with the objective of ensuring that they do not overlap or interfere with each another.

Until now, however, Bulgaria has failed to ensure the independence of an investigating body and to give it sufficient resources. The country has been given two months to remedy the situation; otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer Bulgaria to the EU Court of Justice…/IBNA