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The Russian government has been discussing the national railroad reform for four years
Experts of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport recently analyzed results of the reform's initial stage for the first time and submitted their report and recommendations to the Russian cabinet for consideration on October 26, Vremya Novostei writes. Fabio Croccolo, deputy director-general of the Italian Transport Ministry's general directorate for European programs, noted that the Russian Railways state-run company must become more competitive with regard to private operators and so tariffs on those market segments where this is competition must be de-regulated. Moreover, private operators must receive additional freedom to compete with Russian Railways. According to Mr. Croccolo, different infrastructure-payment concepts must therefore be introduced. European experts did not understand Russian efforts to regulate infrastructure-related payments and railroad-traffic rates within one system. It is their opinion that infrastructure-related payments must depend on the price of different services, which now vary depending on consignments and transportation distances. This price component exceeds those in other countries, Russell Pittman, director of the US Justice Ministry's economic analysis group, noted. This helps compensate for the Russian Railways' expenses, but make sit hard for private companies to compete. Moreover, the Conference of European Ministers of Transport advised the Russian government to set up an independent regulator to stipulate various infrastructure-access norms and coordinate Russian Railways operations. European experts believe that the Federal Tariffs Service, FAS and the Transport Ministry do not have enough resources to do this. Russian Railways approved just one proposal - the fastest possible separation of passenger-carrying services from the company - without any reservations. Inits view, passenger traffic is state service, so the state must subsidize and plan such traffic, and operate passenger trains. However, subsidies and competition are incompatible, Mr. Pittman said in conclusion
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