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Navarsete discussed public transport with EU Presidency

In a meeting with her Austrian colleague in Vienna on 24 February the Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications, Liv Signe Navarsete, expressed scepticism towards the use of tendering in public transport.

28/02/2006 :: Tendering in the sector of public transport was among the issues discussed in the Navarsete met the Austrian Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Hubert Gorbach. Minister Navarsete focused on the Norwegian priority to give national authorities to decide whether tender should be compulsory or not in local transport by road and rail. Moreover, she expressed concern for the safeguard of employee’s rights in a tendering process, and the importance of national standards securing the same rights for staff in a tendering process as those in transfer undertakings.
Another main issue at the meeting was the principle for financing of regional airports. On this matter, Norway aims at maintaining the existing system. The main reason for this is that the economic deficit of the smaller airports in Norway is financed through cross-subsidization from a number of larger and more profitable airports.
(Published 28.02.2006)

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