On 18 January 2007, the European Parliament (“Parliament”) voted on its second reading of the third railway package aimed at speeding up the integration of railways across the EU. The Parliament voted against a proposal to open up national rail passenger markets to foreign companies reflecting pressure from countries with powerful state-run companies. However, it did vote in favour of opening up international passenger rail services to cross-border competition by 2010. Parliament also approved the introduction of EU-wide minimum rights for rail passengers, whether they are travelling on international or domestic lines and the introduction of certificates that will be recognised by all Member States attesting to qualifications, training and experience of drivers and other train personnel responsible for security. The rail liberalisation package is now at second reading by the Council.