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Ministry nixes rail holding firm

THE TRANSPORT Ministry has discarded a plan developed by the previous government to form a holding company called Slovenské Železnice that would have clustered Slovakia’s three ailing state-owned railway companies, while retaining the independent legal status of each firm, the SITA newswire reported.

THE TRANSPORT Ministry has discarded a plan developed by the previous government to form a holding company called Slovenské Železnice that would have clustered Slovakia’s three ailing state-owned railway companies, while retaining the independent legal status of each firm, the SITA newswire reported.

The ministry stated that neither it nor the European Union institution favour the plan tailored by former transport minister Ľubomír Vážny. Current ministry officials prefer three separate companies, saying this enables more transparent funding and better conditions for open competition which will increase quality demands and reduce costs, according to Ľubomír Tuchscher, the director of the Transport Ministry’s PR department.


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