Directive 2008/57/EC aims to achieve interoperability within the EU rail system in a way that is compatible with Directive 2004/49/EC on railway safety. This is particularly about the procedures for authorising the placing into service of railway vehicles.

Legal act

Directive 2008/57/EC

Consolidated act


Legal act repealed

Directive 2001/16/EC

Directive 96/48/EC


Guide for the application of Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs), 30 November 2012

Previous Guidelines


National references

Harmonisation standards

Commission communication in the framework of the implementation of the Directive 2008/57/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 on the interoperability of the rail system within the Community (Recast) - OJ C 249 of 08/07/2016


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