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Mobility Package fail: over 80% of EU states receive infringement letters

The EU's latest amendments to the Mobility Package, which were designed to provide better conditions for posted workers, appear to have got off to a rocky start going by the amount of infringement letters the EU Commission sent last month. A whopping 22 out of 27 EU member states received a letter concerning a “lack of transposition" with regards to legislation on posting drivers in the road transport sector.

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The shocking scale at which the Mobility Package has not been fully implemented was revealed yesterday by Romania’s haulage association, who had discovered on the EU Commission website that Romania was one of only 5 countries not to receive an infringement letter.

As you can see here, Slovenia, Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Netherlands, Malta, Latvia, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, Croatia, Spain, Greece, Estonia, Germany, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Belgium and Austria all received infringement letters on March 24th.

The only EU nations not to receive the letters were therefore Romania, Denmark, Finland, Slovakia and France.

Commenting on the situation, the Romanian Haulage Association wrote:

“On 24th March 2022, the European Commission launched infringement proceedings against 22 Member States that failed to transpose the provisions of Directive 1057/2020 on the secondment of drivers in the road transport sector. Member States had to adopt and publish, by 2nd February 2022, the provisions necessary to comply with Directive 1057/2020. Member States should also inform the Commission immediately.”

The fact that Romania did not enough to avoid receiving an infringement letter is arguably commendable given that the country’s government and its haulage association have been clearly opposed to the legislation. Meanwhile, a number of countries who praised the new rules have ironically been given infringement letters.

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