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Workshop report published: Beyond competitive tendering

The renowned scientific journal ‘Research in Transportation Economics’ recently published this paper, which documents the results from Thredbo 11 – International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport. In particular, the article describes alternative market models that more strongly integrate commercial transport. The option of direct commissioning is also considered. The authors of the essay are Didier van de Velde and Arne Beck.

The ‘customer balance’ – an initiative to promote transparency in the water industry

Published in: energie wasser-praxis 12/2010 – DVGW (German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water) Jahresrevue (annual review)

As a natural monopoly, the water supply and distribution sector is subject to particular scrutiny, especially due to the general rise in costs of supply and price differences between regions.

So the sector is under particular pressure to justify its price policies. The general public discussion takes insufficient account of structural and performance differences.

With the aim of making the debate around this issue more objective, the BDEW responded to an initiative from the consumer advice association by developing the ‘customer balance’. This instrument helps to inform and educate interested parties, as well as assisting the sector’s public image and benchmarking processes.

International railway infrastructure benchmarking

Presentation, Asset Management Workshop of the UIC, Paris, 27.10.2010

Article about competition for commercial services by Arne Beck in publication

The paper was given an award at the world conference on competition in public transport

The renowned scientific journal Research in Transportation Economics accepted the paper for publication after the award at Thredbo 11 – International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (Michael Beesley Award – honourable mention for best WS paper). The paper deals with the development in licensing competition in the German public bus transport sector since the disclosure judgement by the Federal Administrative Court in 2003. It shows that this market is hindered by the current regulatory framework, in particular by high degrees of uncertainty surrounding the legal framework from the operators’ viewpoint. Considerable success has already been seen, however, in federal states, licensing authorities and transportation authorities who are trying on their own to limit the uncertainty by means of clearer regulations.

Link to the journal „Research in Transportation Economics“

A transparent explanation of water prices

The BDEW (German Association of Energy and Water Industries) presented the publication of the customer report to the public on 6 July 2010. It represents a survey of water supply companies across Germany. The initiative brings transparency and explains to consumers how the structural framework, along with service and quality features have an influence on water prices.

Link to the BDEW

Identifying transport market trends early

Speech, beka Trend Scout Days, Berlin, October 28-29, 2010

How the waste industry increases public welfare

Friederike Lauruschkus presents the objective system at the VKS in the VKU (the Association of Municipal Waste Management and City Cleaning in the Association of Local Utilities) North Rhine-Westphalia state conference in Bonn.

A price/performance comparison of the water management industry across Europe

After the event is opened by Wulf Abke, vice president of the BDEW, Gunda Röstel, manager of Stadtentwässerung Dresden (the Dresden municipal sewage company), will present the study. Further speakers include a representative of the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry for the Environment, Conservation and Transport, as well as Helmut Bloech, acting head of the European Union’s DG ENV2 division.

»The funds released by Obama are sufficient for design contracts«

published in: Handelsblatt, August 26, 2010

»Things are getting interesting in all growth markets with volume«

published in: Handelsblatt, August 26, 2010