Lithuanian ministers together with their counterparts from eight member states call on MEPs to amend Mobility Package

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2020 06 30

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On 29 June, Lithuania, together with Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Cyprus and Malta, issued a joint letter signed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs/European Affairs and Transport. The letter addressed to Members of the European Parliament calls on the recipients to assess the implications of the so-called Mobility Package 1 proposal for the single market and environmental protection.

“Unfortunately, the provisions of the current proposal have deviated substantially from the original objectives. In addition, new restrictive, disproportionate measures have been introduced. We call on all voting MEPs to carefully consider the proposed restrictive measures, such as the requirement to return heavy vehicles to the member state of establishment at least once every 8 weeks, cabotage regulations, and the division of international transport. The Mobility Package 1 proposal, if adopted, will have a negative impact on the single market, the EU ambitious climate goals, and the road transport sector as a whole. At the same time, Lithuania, of course, supports the main aims behind the proposal, i.e. to improve social conditions for drivers, to establish an efficient and sustainable transport system by maintaining a smooth and proper functioning of the single market,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius.

“The Mobility Package 1 is characterized by an unprecedented political discord within the EU Council. The legislative proposal is opposed by as many as nine member states. It should be recalled that the European Commission is still carrying out an impact assessment of the proposal, which is to be completed by the end of 2020. Lithuania and other like-minded countries expect that when the assessment is completed, appropriate changes will be made,” said the Minister of Transport and Communications of Lithuania Jaroslav Narkevič.

The proposal has yet to be ratified by the European Parliament. MEPs will vote on the Mobility Package 1 during a plenary session on 8 July 2020.

The Mobility Package consists of a regulation governing access to the road haulage market and to the profession of road haulage operator or road passenger transport operator; a regulation on maximum work and minimum rest times for drivers and positioning by means of tachographs; and a directive revising enforcement requirements and laying down rules on posting of drivers. Most of the provisions of the Mobility Package, with the exception of the rules in the driving times regulation, will become applicable 18 months after the entry into force of the legal acts, unless the European Parliament decides otherwise.