What Have the Countries of Eastern Europe to Learn from Experiences in Reforming Regulation and Control of Land Transport in Western Europe?

When the countries of Central and Eastern Europe abandoned communism the decision did not commit the governments to switch to a fully deregulated privatized system along the lines of the Washington Consensus. Nor did it imply that the governments would embrace approach favored by Western European states in the 50’s and 60’s which was characterized by massive intervention in the economy and direct control of all major public utilities. Different countries have taken different approaches to different sectors of the transport industry. This paper will consider two areas of importance: urban and local transport and railways pose the question of whether the European Union’s (EU’s) regulatory and control models are appropriate for Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Consideration is given to the relevance and any lessons to be drawn from recent experience in the ECMT Member States and Observer Countries for effective regulatory structures and patterns of control further East. The paper concludes with an outline of requirements of effective regulatory structures for deployment in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 899-921
  • Monograph Title: Competition and Ownership in Land Transport Passenger Transport

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  • Accession Number: 01051411
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780080450957
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 11 2007 3:03PM