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RATP CEO named as new French Transport Minister

(Image courtesy: RATP)

On 17 May, Elisbaeth Borne was named Minister for Transport in the new Macron Government in France. Under the office of the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, Ms Borne will report to new Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition, environmental campaigner and documentary-maker Nicolas Hulot.

The President and CEO of Parisian transport authority RATP since 2015, Ms Borne has held many senior positions in the transport sector, urban planning and government, including Director of Strategy and a member of the executive committee of France’s national rail operator SNCF between 2002 and 2007 and General Manager of Urban Planning for the City of Paris between 2008 and 2013. She succeeded Pierre Mongin at RATP in 2015.

Succeeding Alain Vidalies as Minister of Transport, Ms Borne will have to prepare the future frameworks that will see competition opened up on TGV services from 2020 and TER regional rail lines from 2024. RATP’s monopoly on bus services will be opened to completion from 2024, the capital’s tram services in 2029 and metro and RER operations in 2039.