The prime minister of Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Hungary sent a joint appeal to the European Union on the Mobility Package, expressing deep concerns over the work going on in European Parliament.
In their appeal, they highlighted the importance of road transport for the European economy. According to the prime ministers, the new rules should be proportionate, realistic and non-discriminatory. In particular, they may not cause carriers from their countries to be in a worse position than carriers from outside the Union.
The prime minister’s appeal did not lack environmental issues. The proposals being the subject of the trilogue will make it impossible to achieve the objectives set by the European Union in reducing CO2 emissions.
The heads of six governments particularly pointed to the negative effects of such solutions as:
- return of the vehicle to the carrier’s state of residence in every 4 weeks,
- restrictions on cabotage,
- references to the Rome I Regulation regarding the employment of the driver.