Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Slovenske železnice (SŽ) are planning to intensify cooperation

The Slovenian Railways (SŽ) and Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are currently discussing options to enter into an intensified cooperation for their rail freight traffic business, therefore a letter of intent was signed. The goal of the potential cooperation is a strategic partnership between SZ and ÖBB with respect to rail freight business in the geographic region of Slovenia, Hungary, Italy and South-East-Europe to improve service quality as well as performance for customers and partners from various industries. With this cooperation the transport time could be reduced and furthermore, the utilization of transport infrastructure, such as the rail network, ports and terminals would be simplified. 

A detailed potential analysis including due diligence will be executed during the first half of 2016 with the respective partners, national and EU bodies. An extension of the cooperation between SŽ and ÖBB that may contain a joint utilization of assets as well as a joint enterprise, is planned from 2017 onwards.