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Deadlock over Mobility Package 1 will harm the European economy

5 Jul 2018

IRU is concerned about the European Parliament’s failure to find a compromise on key regulation for the EU road transport included in the Mobility Package 1.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) rejected for the second time in a row the three proposals on posting of workers, driving and rest time rules and access to the profession and to the road haulage market. After the first vote on 14 June, MEPs had a second opportunity to find agreements but came forward with unbalanced reports showing limited willingness to find a compromise. 
This is a missed opportunity to provide a balanced and practical framework for further negotiations with the Council and the Commission, an opportunity where the European Parliament could have set the scene. Now the discussions are back to square one and encouragements to find solutions during this legislative mandate are very limited. 
Matthias Maedge, leading the IRU’s work in Brussels commented: “The European Parliament has lost precious time. It may take years to find workable solutions and the industry has to stay with a patchwork of national rules. It is now time to rethink the purpose of the Mobility Package 1 and the ambitions the European Commission has by the end of the mandate.”
While the reports are being transferred back to the Transport committee for a redraft, IRU will continue the European dialogue with all stakeholders to find the most efficient and fair solution for the future of road transport.