Law Approving Of The Convention Of 4 April 2003 To Implement The Programme Of The Regional Express Network, To, In And Around Brussels (1)

Original Language Title: Loi portant assentiment de la Convention du 4 avril 2003 visant à mettre en oeuvre le programme du réseau express régional de, vers, dans et autour de Bruxelles (1)

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Posted the: 2006-03-01 Numac: 2006014043 FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE mobility and transport 17 June 2005. -Act on approval of the Convention of 4 April 2003 to implement the program of the suburban of, to, in and around Brussels (1) ALBERT II, King of the Belgians, to all, present and to come, hi.
The House of representatives has adopted and we sanction the following: Article 1. This Act regulates a matter referred to in article 77 of the Constitution.
S. 2. it is worn consent to the Convention of 4 April 2003 to implement the programme of the regional express network, to, in and around Brussels.
S. 3 our Minister of public enterprises is responsible for the implementation of this Act.
Promulgate this Act, order that it self under the seal of the State and published by le Moniteur.
Given to Brussels, June 17, 2005.
ALBERT by the King: the Minister of public enterprises, J. VANDE LANOTTE seen and sealed with the seal of the State: the Minister of Justice, Ms. L. ONKELINX _ Notes (1) Session 2005/2006 House of representatives.
Documents. -Bill filed on 4 July 2005, no. 51 - 1911/1. Text transmitted to the Senate, no. 51-1911/3. -Report No. 51 - 1911/2.
Parliamentary Annals. -Discussion and vote. Meeting of November 17, 2005.
Senate Documents.
-Draft transmitted by the room no. 3-1437/1. -Report 3-1437/2.
Parliamentary Annals. -Discussion. Meeting of December 14, 2005. Vote. Meeting of December 22, 2005.

Explanatory statement ladies, gentlemen, when of the federal cabinet by November 8, 2002, a draft Convention aimed at implementing the programme of the regional express network (RER), to, in and around Brussels has been approved.
All the Governments concerned have approved this Convention on 4 April 2003.
The signing of this agreement is the culmination of a reflection carried out for several years. Starting from the premise (supported by several studies: IRIS, SOFRETU, SYSTRA) that in the absence of measures emanating from public authorities, the evolution of the automobile pressure in and around Brussels was likely to lead to widespread congestion of roads, penalizing both socio-economically that on the environmental front, it appeared essential, from the beginning of the nineties, to put in place a general mobility project that promotes a modal shift from car to public transport mainly for the journeys to work in and around the Brussels-Capital Region.
This project, aimed at creating a RER for Brussels, consists in the development of an integrated public transport offering. It is a suburban offer consisting of quick relationships radial and transverse, rail or road. The backbone is the rail network complemented by a network of bus rapid browsing areas not served by railways.
In the first phase of implementation of the offer RER, object of the present convention, the frame called "base RER rail network" is composed of a set of "bindings" or even referred to as the 'relations' rail radial and transverse.
Specifically, the parties to this Convention are committed, each within its competence, to develop the necessary means to achieve:-a building significant, quantitatively and qualitatively, of the offer of transport;
-integration of transport offers worked by four companies of public transit in this area (timetables, fares, information);

-accompanying measures encouraging the use of the public transport taken simultaneously to the commissioning of the RER offer.
The parties aim to put the RER service offer in its entirety no later than December 31, 2012. This offer will ensure the servicing of the three following areas: the North-South junction, headquarters of the European institutions to the East of Brussels and Brussels-National Airport as well as other important poles of the RER zone.
Chapter I of the Convention defines the objective of the project, the measures to be taken to achieve this goal, as well as the actors involved and the geographical area concerned.
The RER project involves close collaboration between the three Regions and the federal State, as well as their respective public transport operators (VVM / DE LIJN, STIB, SRWT/TEC and SNCB), or eight partners. Cooperation between them is organised on three levels: general coordination, strategic and tactical coordination and operational coordination. This dialogue structure is described in chapter II, as well as the composition, the mission and the working method of cooperation bodies to put in place.
A third chapter addresses the issue of supply and demand. Are described:-on the one hand, the organisation of public transport on offer (in its different aspects: definition of rail and road links constituting the RER network, amplitude and frequency of services, tariff harmonization) in zone RER;
- and, on the other hand, the terms of a study that focuses on the needs of travel in the same area, this study is intended to evolve the rail offer.
The success of the RER particularly depends on accompanying measures discouraging the use of the automobile for commuting trips. Accompanying measures considered necessary to promote the modal shift from private cars to public transit are the subject of chapter IV.
The common strategy to implement marketing and information to the traveller is dealt with in chapter v.
Chapter VI contains the financial aspect of the project: how will agree the three Regions and the federal State to distribute various types of expenditure is specified.
This chapter does not prejudice rules of competence of the relevant authorities, including at the level of the funding schemes, which remain fully applicable.
The timetable of the priority actions to be implemented to make the RER operational end 2012 offer is contained in Chapter VII.
Following the approval of this Bill, the structures of consultation provided for in the convention may be installed.
The Executive Committee of Ministers of the mobility and the RER Steering Committee realized the execution of network express Regional in a multi-year plan and concordant annual programmes. The evolution of mobility needs, the result of new studies and the real path of investment projects can justify adjustments to certain elements of this convention. In the general framework established, and in accordance with the procedures described in the convention, these adaptations could be made.

COMMENTS to the ARTICLES of the CONVENTION article 1: this article called no comment.
S. 2: The terms 'parties', 'RSP', 'zone RER', 'CMS', 'public transit companies' and "accompanying measure" is the subject of a precise definition.
S. 3: This section specifies the purpose and objectives of the RER.
S. 4: Commitments of the parties shall apply, in addition to offering RER, to a set of measures, depending on the respective skills, promoting the attractiveness of public transport and non-motorized modes.
5: The geographical area is duly set but adaptability is nevertheless open to best reflect the changing conditions of mobility.
S. 6: Cooperation gives rise to additional tunings at three levels: general, strategic and tactical, operational.

S. 7: This article drew no comment.
S. 8: The ability to create a specific entity to coordinate is left to the initiative of the four Governments.
9: This article drew no comment.
S. 10: It is recalled that in the case of transport companies, missions and public service tasks which those directly concerning the RER are duly defined, executed and monitored within the respective competence of each party.
11: This article drew no comment.
S. 12: Having regard to their respective competences parts and transportation companies, multiannual and annual programmes lead to forecasts to schedules, budgets and responsibilities.
S. 13: Described study will constitute the reference element both in terms of diagnosis of needs and demand for implementation of the railway offer in connection with internal and external objectives of serving to the RER zone.
Will result in business plans to establish by the operators, in charge of the Steering Committee to adequately adjust financial resources and offer with regard to evolution, the study subject to an update every five years.
S. 14: If the global supply in the RER zone involves buses and trains, the convention focuses on suburban rail offer scalable if applicable (§ 1), in any hypothesis of a permanent concern for integration in all respects, including the harmonization of tariffs and schedules down, passing through information (§ 2).
S. 15: Tariff integration will operate in three phases. The first, relating to securities giving access to all the companies offer available within the Brussels Capital Region, has been operational since 1 February 2003.
The second phase involves integration which the extension will involve a peri-urban area defined in CIMIT's November 30, 1991.
The third phase involves

a new collection system compatible in the RER zone and subsequently, at the national level.

S. 16: The offer is structured around three distinct but complementary elements:-radial relations, i.e. connecting two ends of the area through Brussels, and cross-sectional, i.e. connecting two points on the outskirts of the area without crossing Brussels (annex II);
-local drawdown relations;
-other relationships deemed useful for the continuity of the implementation for the RER offers.
S. 17: This article drew no comment.
18: The quality of relationship RER includes serving one of the major hubs, the other being attainable by correspondence with another relationship RER.
S. 19: Completed article by Annex III provides details of offer implementation, with faculty of adaptation by the SNCB according to the results of the survey provided for in article 13.
§ 2 specifies a minimum threshold which the definition is the current offer of trains except the momentary adaptations imposed by work.
S. 20: This article drew no comments.
S. 21: Like article 10, it is for each party to translate the missions under the respective management contracts with transport companies.
S. 22: Accompanying measures, while an integral part of the RER operation, are each parties.
It will be ensured through the Steering Committee to ensure an optimum and coordinated implementation.
23: Marketing, promotion and information are essential as the public success that should meet the new supply of transport that constitutes the RER. A common strategy of operators is essential.

S. 24: This article drew no comment.
S. 25-26-27: infrastructure, including that of the reception of the customer, and the equipment are supported on the basis of the programmes laid down in article 12 by the parties according to their respective competences.

Article 27, in this case, seeks agreements 'ad hoc' between partners bound by the implementation of the supply of transport and accompanying measures deemed useful by them to ensure the attractiveness of the overall offer.
This article does not prejudice rules skills of the authorities concerned.
S. 28: Any new initiative proposed by the Steering Committee must be the subject of an agreement of the parties concerned including financing y matter.
This article does not prejudice rules of competences of the authorities concerned in the matter.
29: End of 2012 is the end.
S. 30: As specified in annex V, radial two should be operational, because their infrastructure capacity will be adequate in a timely manner.
31: Rolling, on the one hand, and the radial R2 borrowing lines 124 and 161, on the other hand, require special treatment. In this case, these two lines give rise to substantial and long increase in capacity of 2 to 4 channels work and Furthermore, specific equipment is not available quickly, RER services planned for the end of 2005 must be subject to transitional measures to offer improvements without waiting for the end such projects, or the delivery of the said equipment.
Annexes relate to: I: zone RER.
II: Rail links specific to the RER.
III: The amplitudes and frequencies of these routes.

IV: Railway links planned service late 2005.
V: The types of measures envisaged to accompany the railway offer and strengthen the attractiveness of the RER operation.
The Convention simultaneously subject to ratification on the part of each Region.
It asked the Parliament to approve this Convention as soon as possible so as to be able to implement the project of RER for Brussels.
REVIEWS of the ARTICLES of the draft law Article 1 this article requires no further explanation.

S. 2. This section approves the Convention.
S. 3. This section does not require an additional explanation.
Minister of public enterprises, J.
Having regard to article 39 of the Constitution;
Seen the "regional development Plan" of the Brussels-Capital Region;
Seen the "Ruimtelijk Structuurplan Vlaanderen' of the Flemish Region;
Having regard to the 'regional spatial development scheme"of the Walloon Region;
Having regard to the decision of the Interministerial Conference of Communications and Infrastructure of March 30, 1999 to pronounce in favour of the RER and to create a working group mandated to develop a draft cooperation agreement between the federal Government and the three regions;
Having regard to decision of the Interministerial Conference of mobility, Infrastructure and Telecommunications of 30 November 1999 regarding tariff areas;

Having regard to decision of the Interministerial Conference of mobility, Infrastructure and Telecommunications on January 31, 2000 to confirm the mandate of the Working Group;
Having regard to the agreement on Cooperation between the federal State, the Flemish Region, the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region concerning the 2001-2012 of the SNCB multi-year investment plan;
Having regard to the opinion issued by the Brussels-Capital Region (19.07.2001), the Walloon Region (31.01.2002) and the Flemish Region (01.03.2002) on, to, in and around Brussels RER project of Cooperation Agreement approved by the Council of Ministers on 20 April 2001.
Whereas the parties to this convention to design the suburban of, to, in and around Brussels as a global project which is aimed at the mobility of persons;
Whereas they are determined to put in place an offer of transit that is attractive compared with the car, which incorporates non-motorized transportation and incentives to the modal shift from car to public transport;
Considering that the report of the OECD "Review of environmental performance for the Belgium" notes that: "In Belgium, the traffic per capita GDP figures are among the highest in the OECD";
Whereas the contribution of transport to atmospheric emissions sector is important;
Considering that in that it pursues an objective of modal shifts individual from the car to public transport, the RER project is part of the goal of reducing the greenhouse gas greenhouse that the Belgium is fixed by ratifying the Kyoto accord in 1997 reduction of 7.5% greenhouse gas emissions in 2008 - 2012 compared with 1990) and that it is likewise in the Rio declaration of June 14, 1992 on the environment and development;

Whereas the 2001-2004 federal sustainable development plan, approved by royal decree of 19 September 2000 in application of Act of 5 May 1997 on the coordination of federal policy of sustainable development, in that this plan considers the modal as essential for sustainable development;
Whereas the Brussels-Capital Region and its axes of penetration are increasingly clogged by traffic and that this congestion generates significant socio-economic costs and penalizes the mobility of citizens and economic actors;
Whereas various studies (IRIS, SOFRETU, SYSTRA) provide policy remains unchanged, a significant increase in congestion of the road network of, to, in and around Brussels in the medium and long term;
Considering that these different mobility studies have highlighted the low market share of public transport in travel between the outskirts and the Brussels-Capital Region, that these studies have also shown the potential customer that could be picked up by public transit as part of a coherent mobility project;
Whereas to achieve this modal transfer, it is essential to design service of transit of, to, in and around Brussels that is rapid with stops properly implanted with frequencies of passage high;
Whereas the work of the Working Group established by the inter-ministerial conference led to develop the Foundation for a general mobility project including a proposed offer of transit in an approximate radius of 30 km around Brussels;
Considering that this convention must be appreciated as a process of cooperation and oriented towards an integrated approach between these various offers, in respect for the autonomy to each of the parties around the RER railway offering constitutes the basic network frame;
Whereas that the studies cited above show that the success of the project depends for a large part of the accompanying measures that will be taken at the same time increasing and improving the supply of transit of, to, in and around the Brussels-Capital Region;
Whereas, among these accompanying measures, in road and off-street parking plays a decisive role in the success of the project, especially because several surveys (CETUR and national survey of household mobility) have shown that having a parking destination location constitutes a fundamental element of the modal choice in favour of the automobile for the commuting;
The State

Federal represented by Mr Guy Verhofstadt, Prime Minister of the federal Government and by Ms Isabelle Durant, Deputy Prime Minister of the federal Government responsible for mobility and transport;
The Flemish Region, represented by the Flemish Government, in the person of its Minister-President, M.
Patrick Dewael, by Mr Gilbert Bossuyt, Flemish Minister of mobility, public works and energy and by Mr Dirk Van Mechelen, Flemish Minister in charge of finance and Budget, Innovation, Media and development of the territory;
The Region wallonne, represented by his Government, in the person of its Minister-President, Mr. Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe, Minister-President of the Government of the Walloon Region charge of International Relations, Mr. José Daras, Vice-president of the Walloon Government and Minister of the Walloon Region responsible for transport, mobility and energy and by Mr. Michel Foret, Minister of the Walloon Region responsible for planning urban planning and the environment;
The Brussels-Capital Region, represented by his Government, in the person of its Minister-President, Mr. François-Xavier de Donnea, in charge of local governments, the development of the territory, Monuments and Sites, urban renewal, and scientific research, by Mr Jos Chabert, Minister Vice-president of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region responsible for public transport works, of the fight against the fire and emergency medical assistance , by M.
Robert Delathouwer, Secretary of State of the Region of Brussels - capital responsible for mobility, of the public service, from the fight against the fire and emergency medical assistance by Mr Willem Draps, Secretary of State of planning, urban renewal, Monuments and Sites and the carriage of persons.
Jointly exercising their own powers, agree to the following: chapter I:. -Provisions General Article 1. This convention is established without prejudice to the distribution of competences between the parties, determined by the Special Act of 8 August 1980 institutional reform, as amended by the special law of 8 August 1988 for institutional reform and the special law of 16 July 1993 of institutional reform.
S. 2. in the framework of this convention, means: 1. "the parties": the federal Government, the Walloon Government, the Flemish Government and the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region;
2. "RER" (network express Regional): basic network structuring the global offer of 4 companies of transit, such as specified in article 16;
3 RER zone": the geographical area designated in accordance with article 5;

4. 'CMS': the Executive Committee of Ministers mobility established in article 3 of the Cooperation Agreement of October 11, 2001 between the State, the Flemish Region, the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region concerning the 2001-2012 of the SNCB multi-year investment plan;
5. 'transit societies: the national society of the Belgians, the Vlaamse Vervoermaatschappij, the Société Régionale wallonne railways for Transport and the five TEC and the Société des Transports intercommunaux Brussels;
6. "accompanying measure": any action that aims to promote the use of public transit in the RER zone.
S. 3. this convention has for object the achievement of the RER, in order to guarantee the mobility of, to, in and around Brussels.

The objective of the RER is to promote the modal shift from car to public transport and to increase their market share in the RER zone.
To achieve this goal, the project consists in particular to:-improve the provision of public transit;
-offer the user a service integrated;
-carry out accompanying measures.
4. at this end, the parties undertake to:-strengthen transit provides in the RER zone, in accordance with articles 13 to 24;
-implement the necessary means to ensure transit coordinated among themselves and with other modes and means of transport, mainly non-motorized, which are attractive compared with the individual car use;
-take the measures and conclude the agreements necessary for the integration of the supply of transport in common from the point of view of the user including the harmonization of tariffs and the integration of the ticket office.
-take the necessary measures to encourage drivers to use public transport and non-motorized transport;
-to provide or make available free of charge to other parties, any information useful for the implementation, assessment or adaptation of actions under this convention.
S. 5. without prejudice to other geographical boundaries established by the parties for the harmonization of tariffs and the integration of ticketing, the RER zone settled within a radius of about 30 km around Brussels.
This area is the geographic area of the base for the deployment of the RER offer strategy.
The provisions of this convention are applicable within this area.
The area is described in annex Ier.
CMS may adapt the delimitation of the zone on the basis of the evolution of the mobility conditions.
CHAPTER II. -Organs of cooperation Section 1st. -Structure of concertation and bodies to implement art.
6 § 1 cooperation between the parties is organized on three levels: 1. General coordination between the parties took place within the CMS.
2. the strategic and tactical coordination between the representatives of federal and regional ministers and administrations which have public transport within their remit, as well as representatives of the public transport companies, takes place within the Steering Committee;
3. operational coordination is supported by transport in common within the operational group companies.
2. The functioning of the cooperation structure will be evaluated annually by CMS; the first evaluation will take place no later than 12 months after the entry into force of this convention.
Section 2. -Composition of the organs of consultation art. 7. for the consultation referred to in article 6, § 1, 2 ° Steering Committee is composed of 12 members:-a representative of every Minister who has public transport or mobility in his or her attributions;
-one representative from each jurisdiction that has public transport in his or her attributions;
-one representative of each public transport company;
The Steering Committee meets for the first time in the two months following the date of entry into force of this convention.
8. the operational group is composed of representatives of the four companies of public transport.
At the request of the parties, public transport companies can create another form of legal structure, whose mission is to ensure the coordination of the activities referred to in article 10.
To this end, a working group will consist on the initiative of the CMS.
Section 3. -Mission of bodies of consultation art. 9 § 1 the Steering Committee monitors the implementation of the convention. In addition, it is responsible to deliver opinions on any matter relating to the RER, initiative or at the request of the parties.
No later than March 31 of each year, he relinquished to the parties a detailed annual report on the application of this convention.
§ 2. The parties may load the Steering Committee for the preparation of their common decisions on the RER.
S. 10. within the framework of their respective missions, the public transport companies provide, within the operational group, a coordination of their activities and in particular concerning:-the knowledge of the needs of the customer as well as the actions of promotion, publicity and information campaigns;

-the provision of advice to optimize the supply;
-the study of a compatible system of ticketing and the principles of tariff harmonization in the context of general tariff harmonization initiatives undertaken by companies of public transport on the territory of their jurisdiction;
-improving hourly connections and information integrated with the public;
-the development of railway stations, stops, correspondence and parking places.
The exercise of missions and the tasks of public service transport in common companies, remains within the competence of each of the companies, in accordance with regional and federal laws in force.
Section 4. -Method of work and cooperation arts. 11. the meetings of the Steering Committee are chaired by the representative of the Minister who has the mobility and transport in charge.

The Steering Committee may be convened at the request of a member. The Steering Committee meets at least once every two months.
The Steering Committee shall issue its opinion by consensus. Cannot be found to define an opinion unanimously, the Steering Committee passes to CMS for decision notices in the presence.
The Steering Committee shall establish its rules of procedure and submits it for approval to the CMS.
The Steering Committee is supported by a permanent secretariat consisting of 4 members seconded respectively by each of the parties.
The headquarters of the secretariat is established in the Brussels-Capital Region, in a place easily accessible by public transport. The financial resources of the secretariat are provided by the parties.
The task group

shall establish its rules of procedure and submit to CMS via the Steering Committee.
12. the Steering Committee establishes an indicative multiannual programme and an annual programme.
The indicative multiannual plan includes the structured description of planned actions and parties that have public transit in their licensing companies concerned transit including on basis of the study defined in article 13.
It will be presented for approval to the CMS.
Annual programmes will be established annually by the Steering Committee on the basis of the multiannual programme.

They will also be presented for approval to the CMS.
The multiannual programme, based on multi-annual investment programmes, and refinement approved in annual programmes include schedules, related budgets (with regard to the aspects of operating and investment) and the Division of responsibilities.
CHAPTER III. -Analysis of the demand and supply Section 1st organization. -Analysis of the demand and plan of action art. 13. a study is underway at the initiative of the Steering at the latest Committee six months after the entry into force of the convention is given within 18 months after that date. It is updated at least every 5 years. It focuses on the displacement needs analysed on basis of objective criteria and requests for functionality in frequency, amplitude and breakpoints. It takes into account inter alia the elasticity of demand to price.
Previous deadlines can be modified to be consistent with the periodicity of the SNCB plans.

This study will inter alia to adapt and evolve railway reference offer, defined in the convention (annex II).
This study will take into account, in addition to the terms set out in article 18, at least the following objectives:-the improvement of service to Brussels Airport by direct connections between the airport and the North-South junction and between the airport and the European District - serving of other poles of attraction in the three Regions, including the train station from the West at Brussels;
-serving the economic poles of the ring by cross-cutting relationships, including Zottegem - Aalst and Dendermonde - Mechelen - Leuven - Ottignies - Nivelles;
-complementarity between suburban offer on the radial rail lines and other rail offerings, including more long-distance trains.
Railway RER offer will not be able to to offer IC/IR damage and offer 'high speed' implemented by the SNCB, nor their development, inter alia in respect to serving Brussels National Airport from the main cities of the country;
-complementarity between the railway offer and supply bus, tram and subway, taking into account in an optimal way stops in «Regional Plan of development of the Brussels-Capital Region», «Ruimtelijk Structuurplan Vlaanderen' of the Flemish Region and the 'regional space development diagram"of the Walloon Region;
-the maximum fluidity for relations by bus and tram;
-the removal of rail bottlenecks.
Based on its consideration of the application, a business plan involving supply and financial aspects, including operating costs, is established by the SNCB, the regional companies of public transport providing the latter, for the development of the plan, the elements concerning the input of customers, current and planned, to the RER stations.
The Steering Committee will ensure coordination to optimize financial resources and offer.
Section 2. -Organization of the sub-section 1st offer.
-Provisions general article 14 § 1. Aggregate supply in the RER zone consists of the benefits of the four companies of transit, under their respective missions on railways and road relationships. The RER network consists of links quick radial and transverse, rail or road.
The suburban rail offer is specified under this agreement.
Annex II contains a RER rail base, established network taking into account the data known at the time of the entry into force of this convention, of which the elements may change depending on the needs of mobility and new developments.

On the advice of the Steering Committee, the parties shall determine the improvements and changes to this basic network.
§ 2. The offer of transit in the RER zone is provided by transport companies in common in a way for the user.
Integration is achieved through a coordinated approach to the following aspects: amplitude, frequency of service, schedules, design and use of infrastructure, production and communication of information to users, harmonization of tariffs and trade actions.
S. 15. within the general framework of the harmonization of tariffs, the parties shall pursue the establishment of a common tariff offer. In a first phase, four public transport companies are implementing operative mutual recognition for one, five, ten trips a day, valid on the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region.
They adapted their software and install additional validating equipment in stations and stops of the Brussels-Capital Region.
In a second phase, the four transit companies issue securities compatible, valid on the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region and in the "periurban" approved by the interministerial conference of November 30, 1999. They adapted their software and install additional validating equipment in stations and "periurban" breakpoints.
In a third phase, four public transit companies put in service a compatible system of perception in the whole of the RER, and this from the perspective of a compatible system for the whole of the territory, while using the most advanced technology.
Sub-section 2. -The RER s. offer 16. the global transport offer in the RER zone is composed:-relations radial and transverse, rail or road, Rapids (RER);
-relations of drawdown to a train station or a breakpoint RER;
-other relations necessary for structuring the RER offer.
17. the RER offer consists of benefits of transport companies in common as part of their mission, on railways and road relations defined in accordance with article 16 and the amplitude, frequency and speed characteristics defined in accordance with this subsection.
18. the offer which includes radial and transverse relations is designed to ensure the servicing of the three following areas: the North-South junction, headquarters of the European institutions to the East of Brussels and Brussels-National Airport.
Any radial relationship RER serves privileged way at least one of these three poles. The other two poles are available from any radial relationship RER maximum with a match.
S. 19 § 1 the RER offer guarantees conditions of amplitude, frequency and speed to meet the objective set out in article 3.
To this end, the baseline characteristics of the amplitude and the frequency of the radial rail RER offer are presented in annex III.
The study referred to in article 13 will provide useful elements for the development by the SNCB, if applicable, reference characteristics.
§ 2. For any relationship, offer RER characteristics set out in paragraph 1 may be lower than those of the existing rail offer at the time of the entry into force of this convention, unless reasoned temporary derogation, including for reasons of work.
S. 20. without prejudice to more stringent standards, the RER offer tends to respect the latest quality standards for the public transport of persons prescribed by Belgian and international bodies competent.
Section 3. -Rules relating to the assignment of exploitation art. 21. within the framework of his missions, each transit operates and assumes the charges relating to the offer, which emerges from its jurisdiction. Parties reflect the content of the convention in the management contract with their respective public transport company.
CHAPTER IV. -RER Art. accompanying measures 22. given their importance for the success of the RER, accompanying measures are an integral part. They are gradually implemented by the parties to enter into force simultaneously with the corresponding components of the RER.
Accompanying measures relate to stop and parking, intermodality, the increase in the commercial speed of transit and the hierarchy of roads.
These and other measures, aimed at better use of public transport, are at the request of the parties and public transit companies considered by the Steering Committee. They will be taken into consideration in the business plan.
Annex V contains a list of measures which, without prejudice to the powers of the different public authorities, will serve as a starting point in the above-mentioned study.
Accompanying measures are included in annual, multiannual and indicative programmes referred to in article 12.
Chapter V. - Common strategy to marketing and information

S. 23. a common marketing strategy is being implemented by the transit companies especially in the task group.
This strategy is based on the development of the railway RER offer in association with all of the offers of public transit in the RER zone.
The parties shall ensure the promotion by regular and coordinated actions, for example by a logo.
S. 24. information to the traveller is approached in a coordinated manner. RER zone includes a map element and all appropriate media to disseminate the best information schedules, rates, and terms of use.
Information are updated on an ongoing basis based on changes in the offer.
CHAPTER VI. -Provisions financial arts. 25. the State and the regions manage, each for what concerns, issues relating to property and the financing of infrastructure in accordance with the programmes established pursuant to article 12.
26. the State and the regions manage, each for what concerns the terms of acquisition and the financing of the equipment issues rolling RER in accordance with the programmes established pursuant to article 12.
S. 27. the parties or their agents shall establish specific agreements with each other and/or with other partners (commune, private,...) for the financing of infrastructure of home users.
S. 28. for any study or joint project proposed by the Steering Committee, all parties agree, financing, on a distribution key.
In the absence of agreement, the study or the project is submitted to CMS.
-Programming and priority actions art. 29. the aim is that the RER offer be fully operational no later than end 2012.
S. 30. the railway offer RER is operational, December 31, 2005, at least for two relations radial, described in annex IV.
31. specific transitional measures will be studied to allow the latest 31.12.2005, recovery and optimum strengthening of capacities and current frequencies on the future the R2 radial lines, so that the modernization of equipment.
Implementation of the decision of the Coordination Committee of April 4, 2003. Annex VI contains the timetable for acquisition of specific equipment RER, as adapted by the Board of Directors of the SNCB, March 28, 2003.
Done at Brussels, 4 April 2003 in 12 original copies in french and Dutch.
For the State: The Prime Minister of the federal Government, G. VERHOFSTADT the Deputy Prime Minister of the federal Government, responsible for mobility and transport, Mrs. I. DURANT for the Flemish Region: the Minister-President of the Flemish Government, P. DEWAEL Flemish Minister for mobility, public works and energy, G. BOSSUYT the Flemish Minister, in charge of finance and Budget Innovation, economy, Media and the development of the territory, D. VAN MECHELEN for the Walloon Region: Minister - President of the Government of the Region wallonne, in charge of International Relations, J.-Cl.
VAN CAUWENBERGHE the Vice-president of the Walloon Government, and Minister of the Walloon Region responsible for transport, mobility and energy, J. DARAS. the Minister of the Walloon Region, responsible for planning, Urbanism and the environment, M.
FOREST for the Brussels - Capital Region: the Minister-President of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for local authorities, the planning, Monuments and Sites, urban renewal and scientific research, f.-x. DE DONNEA Minister - Vice - President of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for public works, transport, the fight against the fire and emergency medical assistance, J. CHABERT Secretary of State of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for mobility, of the public service, the fight against the fire and emergency medical assistance, R. DELATHOUWER. the Secretary of State for spatial planning urban renewal, the Monuments and Sites and Transport remunerated people, W. sheets appendices list of annexes I. area RER - map and description II. Radial railway relationships and cross III. Amplitudes and frequencies of the railway offer IV. Intermediate phase in 2005 V. VI accompanying measures. VI. Procedure proposed for the acquisition of the RER schedule Ire trains. -RER zone. -Map and description under article 5.
RER map: See attached map.
Description: 1 list of Commons the RER zone consists of the following municipalities: for consultation table, see picture 2. Delimitation of the core the core of the RER zone is delineated on basis: 1. of the municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region;
2. of the agglomeration of Brussels, as defined by the national Institute of statistics in the study 'The Belgian urban regions in 1991', statistical studies No. 104, INS, 1996, based on criteria of continuity of urbanization;
3. of contiguity with the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region;
4. the volume of flows observed daily migration by rail;
5. transport infrastructures;
The list of municipalities constituting the core of zone RER is as follows:-the 19 communes of the Brussels-Capital Region - Asse - Beersel - Braine-l'Alleud - Dilbeek - Drogenbos - Grimbergen - Halle - Hoeilaart - Kraainem - La Hulpe - Linkebeek - Machelen - Overijse - Rhode-Saint-genèse - Rixensart - Sint-Pieters-Leeuw - Tervuren - Vilvoorde - Waterloo - Wemmel - Wezenbeek-Oppem - Zaventem.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the minimum frequency of rail service in the core in accordance with the provisions of annex III is application until the limit of the morphological urban area defined in the study as the agglomerated territory, bounded as follows: 1) Zaventem station and national airport 2) Braine-l'Alleud Mont-Saint-Jean, centre and station 3) Hal station and Center) 4 Dilbeek Buurtstation and train station 5) Asse SNCB station 6) Grimbergen Buurtstation 3. Definition of the ring the ring of the RER zone consists of the territory of municipalities and parts of communes belonging to the RER zone and not belonging to its central core.
For consulting the table, see annex II. -Rail relations radial and transverse Application of articles 13 and 14 1. Radial railway relations described below relations are the rail network radial reference, corresponding to the situation of mobility, such that collected at the time of the signing of this agreement. On a proposal from the Steering Committee, the parties may change the structure and organization.
The map is associated is attached.
Anyway, this scheme should be adapted to suit the diabolo around the airport of Brussels and the configuration of the railway junction of Ottignies.
For the consultation of the array, see picture 2.
Transverse railway relations in addition, in addition to the radial railway relations, relations railway cross, as cited in article 13, should be studied and assessed: - Zottegem - Aalst.
-Dendermonde - Mechelen - Leuven - Ottignies - Nivelles for consultation of the table, see annex III. -Amplitudes and frequencies of the railway offer pursuant to article 19.
Below is a proactive vision, which can be modulated on the basis of the results of the study referred to in article 13 and all the analyses produced by the SNCB, to meet the objectives of mobility and transfer according to an optimal allocation of budgets established.
(1) the guaranteed minimum amplitude is a service of 20 hours per day calendar (*), is:-for working days, a first start for an arrival at one of the three poles referred to in article 18 to 6 hours and the last departure from one of the three poles to 24 hours, is a serving from 5 hours to 1 hour;
-for Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, a first start for an arrival at one of the three poles referred to in article 18 to 7 hours and the last departure from one of the three poles at 1 hour, is a serving from 6 hours to 2 hours.
(2) the minimum frequency of relations varies in function of the two areas included in the RER zone and qualified respectively core and peripheral ring.
The frequency and amplitude minimum service on arrival and departure of one of the three poles are, according to periods: for consultation table, see image (*) at this stage of development, this goal exceeds the working assumptions contained in the document approved by the governing body of the SNCB's March 27, 2001 (CA 2001/113).

Annex IV. -Intermediate phase by 2005 pursuant to article 30.
Under article 17 of the agreement on Cooperation on the multi-year investment Plan 2001-2012 of the SNCB, the RER offer will be operational no later than 31 December 2005, on the two following rail relationships: for consultation table, see image A transitional, rail of the R4b RER includes experience driver on line 26.
On the relationship R4b serving future stops of Petit-Enghien, Bierghes and Saintes will be examined.
For the consultation of the table, see image on basis of the results of the study on displacement, cited in article 13, the Steering Committee may

propose to the CMS operating within these relationships models.
The SNCB will present a schedule of implementation of this operation.

Annex v - Application of article 22 below accompanying measures are measures which, without prejudice to the powers of the different public authorities concerned, will serve as a starting point in the study of the Steering Committee, cited in article 22:-the supply reduction long duration of parking in roads in the districts administrative in the vicinity of railway stations;
-Modulation of the supply of parking off-street in buildings not reserved for housing, on the basis of the quality of service in public transport;
-Increasing the commercial speed of public surface transportation, including through the establishment of protected areas;
-The improvement of the conditions for intermodality in the vicinity of railway stations, and in particular secure parking bicycles and cars;
-Prioritization of public utilities in the cities, and in particular the protection through areas 30, to discourage transit traffic in the residential meshes.

Annex VI. -Procedure proposed for the acquisition of trains RER (annex 1 to the note to the Board of Directors) 1. Selection procedure the course advocated the procedure is as follows:-the request for approval of procurement mode "Negotiated Procedure with publicity" will be submitted to the Board of Directors, in its meeting of March 28, 2003.
-Branch "Operations – purchasing Staff Department" will forward the contract notice in the Official Journal of the communities European and in the Bulletin of the invitations to tender annexed to the Moniteur belge no later than April 2, 2003, with publication expected around April 10, 2003.
-Applications will be received 16.05.2003.
-The proposal for selection of firms will be subject to the approval of the Executive Committee in its session of the 16.06.2003.
2 award procedure the procedure should allow to draw upon the creativity of the builders. For this reason, it is proposed to split into 2 parts-bargaining process.
2.a. 1st phase of negotiations--sending the 17.06.2003 at selected firms, a document describing the main characteristics of the material sought.
-A reasoned choice of "short-list" will be carried out and submitted to the Steering Committee in its session of 27.10.2003.
2.b. 2nd phase of the negotiations - shipment before 15.11.2003 in the special book loads to the firms 'short-listed"with a detailed commercial part and the technical specifications.
The award criteria will be: the price (including the LCC), the quality of the material and the period of supply.
-Submission of tenders encrypted 01.02.2004.
-Phase of negotiation on prices and offers.
-Approval of the offer by the end of April 2004 Governing Council.
-First supplies: end of 2006.

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