Subsidiary Legislation 427.99 transpose Directive (EU) 2016/797 and establish the conditions to be met to achieve interoperability within the Union rail system in a manner compatible with the provisions of Directive (EU) 2016/798 in order to define an optimal level of technical harmonisation, to make it possible to facilitate, improve and develop rail transport services within the Union and with third countries and to contribute to the completion of the single European railway area and the progressive achievement of the internal market.
Aim of the Directive
Directive (EU) 2016/797 sets out the conditions to be met to achieve interoperability within the European Union (EU) rail system.
It aims to facilitate, improve and develop rail transport services within the EU and with non-EU countries, thereby contributing to the completion of the single European railway area and to the shift to more efficient types of transport.
trams and light rail vehicles and infrastructure used exclusively by those vehicles;
networks that are not part of the EU rail systems and that are intended to operate only local, urban or suburban passenger services, along with companies that operate solely on these networks.
When a public or private entity submits an official application for the purpose of building a new railway line which is to be operated in Malta in accordance with the applicability of Subsidiary Legislation 427.99 and which will be regarded as forming part of the Union rail system with a view to its operation by one or more railway undertakings, but excluding a metro system, a tram, networks that are functionally separate from the rest of the Union rail system and any other light rail systems, Article 13, Article 14(1) to (8), (11) and (12),Article 15(1) to (9), Article 16(1), Articles 19 to 26, Articles 45, 46and 47, Article 49(1) to (4) and Article 54 of Directive (EU) 2016/797 shall apply.
To date, no such rail system is established on the Maltese Islands.