Mobility Package Agreement
According to Katerina Konecna (GUE/NGL, CZ), who is also part of Parliament`s negotiating team, the mobility package will help drivers and the European economy, as the rules will finally be clear. European drivers deserve the best possible conditions because they work very hard, and I know we would all like to know that they are well rested while driving on European roads with heavy vehicles. Sending drivers is therefore primarily a matter of social justice and road safety, she said. These proposals are part of the first mobility package presented by the Commission in June 2017. The controversy surrounding this package has been going on for almost three years. Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Poland were opposed to the three directives. Their argument was that this package would destroy the activities of tens of thousands of road hauliers in Central and Eastern Europe. But the balance of power in Parliament and subsequently in the Council did not allow opponents of the package to change its provisions. 2 www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/12/20/truck-drivers-reform-coreper-confirms-provisional-agreement-on-mobility-package/ In particular, CLECAT regrets that the co-legislators did not take into account the main concerns of the industry throughout the negotiations. These include the inclusion in the agreement of the detachment requirement for international transport, generally ambiguous and unserable detachment rules, the mandatory return of eight weeks of vehicles in the country of establishment, the four-day “cooling time” and other restrictions imposed on coasting operations, as well as the prohibition on weekly cabin rest.
“The agreement means that all those who operate national carriers in Sweden must offer wages and working conditions in Sweden. If you live permanently, you must register the truck and pay taxes in Sweden,” said Swedish MEP Johan Danielsson (S). The European Transport Workers` Association acknowledges that an agreement was reached this morning during the trilogue on the mobility package between the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. The agreement does not contain all the elements for which the ETF has fought, but it represents a step forward on the path of the objectives and ambitions displayed in the package. An important step forward was taken today to ensure a major reform of the EU`s road transport sector, when the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Council (Coreper) adopted a series of proposals – the mobility package on drivers` working conditions, special rules for secondment of drivers in international transport, access to the transport market and better enforcement of legislation. The new rules aim to ensure a balance between improving the working conditions of drivers and the freedom to provide cross-border services to operators, as well as contributing to road safety. In addition, they will provide the sector with much-needed clarity and put an end to the uneven application of these rules between Member States. On 11 December, an interim agreement was reached between the Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament. In a case involving employees of the Cypriot company AFMB, which has entered into agreements with several Dutch companies, the General Counsel of the European Court of Justice, Priit Pikame, used the so-called “agreement” to determine who is really the employer. The MP1 provisions will also have a direct impact on operators in third countries that offer road transport services within a bilateral framework (agreements, authorisations) or multilateral framework, such as the quota of the European Conference of Transport Ministers (ECMT) and the EEC-UN European Convention on the work of vehicle crews in the international road transport sector (AETR).