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The last debate in the Transport Committee of the European Parliament did not resolve the social issues in transport. Trade unions strike back politically and influential European business organizations (CLECAT, FIATA, EEA) call for the exclusion of international transport from posting.

Before the Transport Committee of the European Parliament started discussing possible compromises on social issues in the Mobility Package, European business organizations appealed to the MEPs to reject the compromise of the Employment Committee of the EP as harmful to transport (including covering all transport operations by posting) and exclusion of international drivers from the posting model.

Business organizations indicate that applying the posting rules to drivers goes against the achievements of the internal market and negatively affects the transport and logistics industry. In their letter of May 14, they emphasize, inter alia, that the changes proposed by the European Commission are against the transnational nature of the services provided, nor do they solve the problem of nomadic drivers.

However, the European trade union federations in transport (ETF), supported by national trade unions, present the opposite position and appealed for combating the so-called social dumping.

Delegation in transport – no clear position

The Transport Committee of the European Parliament is divided internally and has not yet made a decision. There is no explicit position of MEPs to regulate posting in transport or cabotage issues. There is also no clarity as to how the issue of rest in the cabin will be regulated – will the proposal of the Dutch MEP Wim van der Camp be maintained to allow accommodation in the cabin when there is not enough parking infrastructure.

Doubts about the proposals of the European Commission are multiplying, and specific decisions are to be taken at the beginning of June.

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