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Standardization in Transportation Markets: A European Perspective

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The paper presents an overview of issues related to standardization in the European transportation market. The paper identifies current trends in the European transportation policy: deregulation in service markets, horizontal integration of infrastructures/networks, and vertical disintegration between network provision and service provision. The paper discusses fundamental questions of standardization in the context of transportation, starting with its relevant scope. The paper distinguishes between standardization to increase uniformity of products, services and policies, and standardization to increase compatibility at interfaces, by internalizing network effects and system effects (mix and match).

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