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Joint DECLARATION of 11 associations to Mr. Jean-Claude Junker, President of European Commission

Jean-Claude Juncker
President
European Commission

Joint DECLARATION of
ANTRAM (Portugal), ASTIC (Spain), AEBTRI (Bulgaria),
CESMAD BOHEMIA (Czech Republic), CESMAD Slovakia (Slovakia),
ERAA (Estonia), LATVIJAS AUTO (Latvia), LINAVA (Lithuania),
MKFE (Hungary), UNTRR (Romania) and ZMPD (Poland)

The European associations of international road transport carriers are forced to come back to you with the issue of protectionist measures introduced recently by some EU Member States. These measures, in our common position, aim to protect the local markets from operators from other EU Member States by introducing extra haulage costs. To be clear, this is in sharp contrast with the principle of the single market as well as free movement of goods and services set out in the EU Treaties.

We have already informed that both minimum wage laws in Germany and France respectively introduced in January 2015 and in July 2016 brought tremendous negative consequences to the road transport sector. We observe great administrative, organizational and financial burden. Our hauliers have been facing the dramatic costs increase resulting in the loss of competitiveness. Although both countries claimed that as long as infringement procedures are ongoing controls would be suspended, we have been receiving the information that more and more of our tran­sport companies are controlled. What is more, Italy declared their support for Germany and France and announced the implementation of the minimum wage in the sector of road transport (inclu­ding transit).

However, the issue of the minimum wage is not the only protectionist measure in the EU. Belgium and France introduced high penalties for taking the regular rest in the cabin of vehicles in 2014. As far as we are informed, the same measure is just about to be implemented in Germany. This will cause great perturbations in performing international transport operations and create unnece­ssary stress among our drivers.

We are grateful to the European Commission for its decision to initiate infringement procedures against France and Germany. However, time goes by and there is no opinion, no decision of the European Commission regarding these highly important issues. The EU pilot procedure against France with regard to the high penalty for sleeping in the cabin takes more than two years now.

The German case takes one year and a half. Our business cannot be effective under these circum­stances and prolonged atmosphere of uncertainty and threat. Therefore, we are in dire need of your leadership and clear decisions.

We cannot agree with passivity of EU’s authorities. We cannot tolerate lack of decisions or accept an idea to solve all these problems by planned legislative initiatives (so called “road pack­age” and “mobility package”). We all know very well these initiatives will take years to be agreed and implemented. This approach cannot be accepted. We have no time to wait. Our sector cannot afford it. Please note, that our road transport companies are the key for further development of our countries’ road transport sector, growth of small and medium business as well as our national economies in general.

The European associations of international road transport carriers call on the Commission to accelerate its decision making process.. We expect the Commission to act as the watchdog of the “acquis communautaire”, to take seriously the ongoing debates amongst Member States and pro­fessional associations. We expect the Commission to turn to the Court of European Union without further delay.

October 2016

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Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc’s reply to the 14 road transport associations joint resolution for EC President Juncker on German Minimum Wage Act and Loi Macron

Dear Sirs,

On behalf of Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, I thank you for your letter sharing your position with regard to the French legislation on minimum wage (Loi Macron) and expressing your concerns regarding the infringement case with Germany on the application of the German Minimum Wage Act (MiLoG).

Regarding the French law on the application of the minimum wage to road transport, which entered into force on 1 July 2016, I wish to inform you that, already in July last year, my services have requested clarifications from the French authorities regarding the scope of application and the enforcement requirements of their national provisions.

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Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc’s reply to Members of the European Parliament on the next stage of infringement against German Minimum Wage Act by sending to Germany a supplementary Letter of Formal Notice on 16 June 2016

Dear Sirs,

Thank you for your joint letter of 10 May 2016 in which you enquire about the state of play and follow-up actions in the infringement case with Germany on the application of the German Minimum Wage Act (MiLoG).

I wish to assure you that since the launch of the infringement case, my services have been active in pursuing the matter. As you may know, despite the efforts made by both sides, the negotiations between the Commission services and the German authorities have not lead to finding an amicable solution. They, however, have brought certain new elements into the matter, which have been thoroughly assessed by all involved Commission services. Based on this assessment, the Commission decided on 16 June to proceed to the next stage of infringement by sending to Germany a supplementary Letter of Formal Notice.

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The common protest in front of European Commission – asking for action against neoprotectionist measures of member states like France and Germany!

We have European Commission or German Commission? or French Commission?

Are the rules made in EU from Brussels or from Berlin? or from Paris?

Date 14 June 2016
Time 11:00-13.30
Location: Brussels, Schuman Round About

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Joint letter of like-minded Member States against fragmentation of transport market in the EU

Dear Commissioner,

We, the transport ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, Hungary, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Slovenia feel obliged to address you with our concerns regarding the developments in the transport sector at both the EU and national level, where we are witnessing tendencies which might very soon result in a substantial fragmentation of the internal market and divergence from Single European Transport Area.

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Proteste transportatori

31 May 2016: Coordinated Protest against loi MACRON and the protectionism in road transport – actions organised simultaneously by road transport associations in several European capitals

AEBTRI Bulgaria actions in Sofia

AEBTRI explained the serious problems faced by road hauliers in France due to loi Macron to the French Embassy and European Commission Representation in Bulgaria and delivered the Joint RESOLUTION against loi MACRON and protectionist measures in road transport addressed to Mr. Jean–Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and to Mr. François Hollande – President of France by ANTRAM (Portugal), ASTIC (Spain), AEBTRI (Bulgaria), CESMAD BOHEMIA (Czech Republic), CESMAD Slovakia (Slovakia), ERAA (Estonia), LATVIJAS AUTO (Latvia), LINAVA (Lithuania), MKFE (Hungary) UNTRR (Romania) and ZMPD (Poland).

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Joint RESOLUTION addressed to Mr. François Hollande – President of France

Joint RESOLUTION addressed to Mr. François Hollande – President of France by ANTRAM (Portugal), ASTIC (Spain), AEBTRI (Bulgaria), CESMAD BOHEMIA (Czech Republic), CESMAD Slovakia (Slovakia), ERAA (Estonia), LATVIJAS AUTO (Latvia), LINAVA (Lithuania), MKFE (Hungary) UNTRR (Romania) and ZMPD (Poland).

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Joint RESOLUTION addressed to Mr. Jean – Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

Joint RESOLUTION addressed to Mr. Jean – Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission by ANTRAM (Portugal), ASTIC (Spain), AEBTRI (Bulgaria), CESMAD BOHEMIA (Czech Republic), CESMAD Slovakia (Slovakia), ERAA (Estonia),LATVIJAS AUTO (Latvia), LINAVA (Lithuania), MKFE (Hungary) UNTRR (Romania) and ZMPD (Poland).

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ZMPD letter to Mr. Jean – Claude Junker, President of the European Commission regarding new French law on the minimum wage in transport – MACRON

Dear Sir,

I would like to draw your attention to the seriousness of new law implemented and applicable as of 1st July 2016 in France on the minimum wage in transport.

According to this new legislation, any foreign driver who transports goods to/from France and performs cabotage operations there has a duty to operate as a posted worker. This means that as of 1st July 2016 the minimum wage of 9,61 EUR is to be paid or, if applicable, remunerations coming from collective agreements in the transport sector. The new French decree foresees also that the operator has to prepare for every hired driver the certificate of posting and designate a representative in France. What is more, there is a requirement that all documentation concerning performed transports in France has to be prepared by the operator in French and kept by his representative and drivers for possible controls. Continue reading ZMPD letter to Mr. Jean – Claude Junker, President of the European Commission regarding new French law on the minimum wage in transport – MACRON