Representatives of the European Commission dismiss speculations about changes in the Mobility Package. The „compromise” proposals of the Austrian Presidency do not please the countries of the Old Union.
The European Commission is currently seeing no „reason” to withdraw its first proposal for a Mobility Package submitted in May 2017,” says Elisabeth Werner, director of the European Commission’s Directorate-General Mobility and Transport – DG MOVE.
At the same time, the Commission is open to individual proposals formulated in debates (e.g. on intelligent tachographs and cabotage), which go beyond the original version of the Package, reports the DVZ transport portal.
Germany opposes the proposals of the Austrian Presidency
Member States resumed work on very controversial parts of the package, informs DVZ. They are currently involved in works on the proposal of the Austrian Presidency. It turns out, however, that the suggestions of the Austrians arouse much controversy in the countries of the Old Union, with Germany at the forefront.
Transport according to Vienna
The Austrian Presidency postulates the inclusion in the provisions on posting of cross-trade and cabotage. Therefore, the rules on posted workers would not only apply to drivers in transit and bilateral transport.
In addition, the Austrians proposed mandatory returns not only for drivers, but also vehicles to the country of registration of the company (every four weeks). In addition, they also demanded a 14-day grace period for cabotage operations. This would mean that the carrier can perform cabotage operations within a given country only after 14 days have passed since the last cabotage transport carried out in the territory of that country.
Vienna also suggested that cabotage should be included in the regulations on the posting of workers from the very first day.