Following the appeal by the Polish haulage association called Transport and Logistics Poland (TLP) of March 19 to discontinue work and withdraw the Mobility Package due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 epidemic, transport ministers of eight countries have made a similar appeal. The ministers’ letter is addressed to the President of the European Commission (pictured inside), President of the European Parliament and the Croatian Presidency.
In their claim, ministers from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Romania and Hungary argue that the vast majority of road transport companies in the European Union that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of a coronavirus pandemic are small and medium-sized. The European Union should focus on supporting these companies in the dramatic situation they are currently in.
Ministers believe that instead of this assistance, the EU is finalizing the Mobility Package, whose provisions, in conjunction with the aftermath of COVID-19, will end the operation of many European road transport companies.
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