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Road transport: Enforcement and special provisions for posted workers [EU Legislation in Progress] [Policy Podcast]

Written by Damiano Scordamaglia (4th edition, updated on 8.4.2019),

Road transport

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The EU has established a range of social measures applicable to the road transport sector, which aim at improving drivers’ working conditions, road safety and competition. To give real substance to these measures, compliance is key. The 2006 Enforcement Directive was therefore adopted to effectively implement the social provisions of the Driving Time Regulation. The current proposal, published in the context of the European Commission’s 2017 ‘Europe on the move’ initiative, seeks to remedy some shortcomings of the Enforcement Directive, such as non-uniform implementation. Additionally, it puts forward specific rules on the posting of workers in the road sector, to respond to concerns raised regarding the inadequacy of the Posting of Workers Directive, when applied to the road transport sector.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) adopted its report and a mandate to start interinstitutional negotiations in June 2018. However, Parliament did not endorse the mandate and then, in July 2018, rejected the report, referring it back to the TRAN committee. The Council agreed a general approach on this proposal in December 2018, under the Austrian Presidency. In January 2019, the TRAN committee failed to reach an agreement on a compromise proposal. In March, the Conference of Presidents decided to include this file on the agenda of the March II plenary session. After procedural complications, Parliament adopted its first-reading position during the subsequent plenary session, on 4 April 2019.

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Road transport: Enforcement and special provisions for posted workers

Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2006/22/EC as regards enforcement requirements and laying down specific rules with respect to Directive 96/71/EC and Directive 2014/67/EU for posting drivers in the road transport sector.
Committee responsible: Transport and Tourism (TRAN) COM(2017) 278 of 31.5.2017

procedure ref.: 2017/0121(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL, Finland)
Shadow rapporteurs: Andor Deli (EPP, Hungary),
Inés Ayala Sender (S&D, Spain),
Kosma Złotowski (ECR, Poland),
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE, Spain),
Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, France),
Rosa D’Amato (EFDD, Italy),
Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF, France)
Next steps expected: Trilogue negotiations

timeline 10 steps trilogue with second reading

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