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Traffic control functions of the Transport Agency to be incorporated

Traffic control functions of the Transport Agency to be incorporated

Press release 14.06.2017 15.02 fi sv en

As of 1 January 2019, the traffic control functions in the road, maritime and rail transport sectors that are currently the responsibility of the Transport Agency will be incorporated into a state-owned limited company. At its meeting on 13 June 2016, the Government's Ministerial Committee on Economic Policy decided that the traffic control functions of the Transport Agency will be incorporated. The ownership steering of the special assignment company wholly owned by the state will be the responsibility of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

In future, the Transport Agency will acquire traffic control services from the new company. The relationship between the Transport Agency and Finrail Oy, which is already in charge of traffic control on railways, will also be clarified.

The incorporation of the traffic control functions is part of preparations for changes brought about by digitalisation, the growing role of services, automation and the increasing importance of information and data. It also lays the groundwork for improving customer-orientation.

Further goals of the incorporation process are to clarify the related official duties, streamline regulation in the transport sector, and promote the use of transport-related data in support of new digital services. One aim is to improve the financial efficiency and profitability of the operations and to increase the transparency of the operations and pricing.

The corporatisation process will not cause any interruptions in traffic control functions and the quality, reliability and safety of the operations will be ensured during and after the change. The aim is that the costs of the traffic control services used by the authorities will not increase as a result of the incorporation.

As of 1 January 2019, the Transport Agency personnel working on 31 December 2018 in traffic control functions, and their tasks, will be transferred to the new company in accordance with transfer-of-business principles. At this stage of the process, the number of employees to be transferred is estimated to be 150–180.

In the following stages of the incorporation process, the tasks that involve significant exercise of public powers as referred to in section 124 of the Constitution of Finland and can only be delegated to public authorities will be specified.

From the beginning of 2019, the new company and the present companies involved in traffic control, that is Air Navigation Services Finland Oy and Finrail Oy, will form a group with subsidiaries for each transport mode. Services shared by the companies will be centralised and provided at the group level.

Inquiries:

Juhapekka Ristola, Director-General, tel. + 358 400 788 530