R. Masiulis: “The newly elected European Parliament should review the provisions of EU Mobility Package”

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2019 07 24

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Today, in Brussels, for the first time since the new European Parliament (EP) was elected, ministers of Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, who are responsible for transport sector, are meeting with Sanna Marin, the Minister of Transport of Finland chairing the Council of the European Union, leaders of the political groups of the newly elected European Parliament and Karima Delli, the chairman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), to discuss the future progress of the Mobility Package negotiations.

“We are all in favour of constructive dialogue, but it is imperative that the European Parliament should devote more time to analyse the consequences of the Mobility Package for the European economy. The EU Mobility Package is a key document for our carriers, having the crucial importance for their future operations and competitiveness in the EU transport market. In view of the fact that around 60% of the European Parliament is composed of newly elected members and the previous position of the European Parliament on the Mobility Package was adopted in a very urgent manner, and without sufficient time for analysis and assessment of possible consequences of proposal of this document, therefore, it is necessary to review the position of the European Parliament and extend the negotiations”, said Rokas Masiulis, the Acting Minister of Transport and Communications.

According to R. Masiulis, the Ministers of transport of aforementioned 6 countries are opposed to common position of European Council on EU Mobility Package, and are ready for further constructive work. The main provision of Lithuania on the Mobility Package is the need to reconcile the interests of carriers, the social conditions for drivers and the fair functioning of the EU internal market. The aim is to ensure the competitiveness of carriers and to avoid unnecessary restrictions on the EU internal market.

Lithuania, like other aforementioned EU countries, seeks to draw the European Parliament's attention to the key concerns of the Mobility Package, i.e. the requirement to periodically return the transport vehicle to the country of registration, lack of rest facilities for drivers on European roads, fragmentation of the EU transport market by introducing double standards in relation to posting of drivers, and protectionist provisions of cabotage conditions, that may adversely affect the competition of carriers from the Member States at the periphery of the EU with third-party carriers.