Berlin (AP) - In the planned strengthening of the railways, the Federal Government promotes from the point of view of competitors too much the state-owned company Deutsche Bahn.
"The rail system is more than Deutsche Bahn AG," said the association Mofair. "The integrated group DB AG receives an annual capital increase of one billion euros, which entails the danger of massive distortions of competition."
The so-called Climate Cabinet of the Federal Government had decided to grant Deutsche Bahn an additional one billion additional capital until 2030 for further investment in the rail system. As an integrated group, Deutsche Bahn operates the rail network, on which its trains simultaneously compete with other providers.
The Green Bundestag member Matthias Gastel doubted that the proposed state aid was allowed. "Because the German course would give in the competition with other railway companies a clear advantage."
The association Mofair represents suppliers like Abellio, Keolis and Transdev. Previously, the network of European railways, in which the private railways are organized, disappointed by the Cabinet decisions had shown.
Key points Climate Cabinet (pdf)
Press release Mofair
List of members Mofair