With framework agreements RUs/entities entitled to access can secure capacities for periods longer than a working timetable period, not in terms of minutes but in terms of "bandwidths". If no suitable offers are made to an RU/entities entitled to access , they are entitled to complain to the Bundesnetzagentur's Access Section. The IM is obliged to notify the Bundesnetzagentur's Access Section in advance of the intended conclusion of a framework agreement. The Section must then examine the envisaged decision within four weeks, using the procedure stipulated in Section 14e AEG.
The network statement sets out the deadlines for applying for a periodic framework agreement. Applications for aperiodic framework agreement may be filed at any time.
In the case of long-term framework agreements, the duration of the contract must be approved by the Bundesnetzagentur (Section 14a(2) AEG). Information about the approval procedure for such framework agreements is supplied by the Bundesnetzagentur in the form of customer information.
Approval of a framework agreement with a duration exceeding five years (long-term framework agreement) under Section 14a(2) AEG to come into effect with the next framework timetable period (beginning of December 2015).
Under the arrangements in Section 14a(1) AEG and in Section 13 Railway Infrastructure Usage Ordinance (EIBV), contracts on the use of tracks may be concluded for periods exceeding a working timetable period. Earliest date for notifying DB Netz AG of such framework agreements for the next framework timetable period (which starts middle of December 2015) is September 2014.
If the regular duration of the framework agreement is to exceed a period of five years, then the longer duration of the contract must be approved by the Bundesnetzagentur in accordance with Section 14a(2) AEG (regional transport authorities are exempted from this approval requirement). DB Netz AG has decided to accept applications for framework agreements with a duration of more than five years only if they are accompanied by the requisite contract duration approval issued by the Bundesnetzagentur under Section 14a(2) AEG.
Approvals under Section 14a(2) AEG must hence have been issued by the end of August 2014 at the latest for them to be taken into consideration with the applications for framework agreements for the next framework timetable period. To guarantee an adequate review period for the approval procedure between the point in time at which an application is submitted under Section 14a(2) AEG and the start of DB Netz AG's notification period for framework agreements in September 2014, approval applications for framework agreements with a duration of more than five years must have been received by the Bundesnetzagentur no later than 31 January 2014. The Bundesnetzagentur cannot guarantee that the approval procedure will have been terminated by the end of August 2014 in cases where applications are received after the date stated above.
The exact requirements pertaining to the correct application for approval of a framework agreement with a duration of more than five years are detailed in the Bundesnetzagentur's up-to-date customer information. For the latest version please see:
Download: Kundeninformation Rahmenverträge (pdf / 162 KB)
Download: Antrag auf Genehmigung eines Rahmenvertrags (pdf / 36 KB)