Members' Research Service By / January 24, 2018

Access to the occupation of road transport operator and to the international road haulage market [EU Legislation in Progress]

In order to contribute to the efficient functioning of the single market in road transport and to ensure fair competition between resident and non-resident hauliers, the EU put in place two regulations, which have applied since December 2011.

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Written by Damiano Scordamaglia (6th edition, updated on 07.07.2020),

Trucks passing under a concrete bridge on the asphalt road at sunset.
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The regulations on admission to the occupation of road transport operator and on access to the international road transport market have been contributing to the functioning of EU road transport and fairer competition between resident and non-resident hauliers since December 2011. Despite the improvements they have brought to the sector, persistent shortcomings such as diverging national application of the rules and uneven enforcement called for a revision of both acts. On 31 May 2017, as part of a ‘mobility package’, the European Commission adopted a new proposal to address the main shortcomings affecting the sector, and improve its competitiveness and efficiency.

In June 2018, Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) adopted its report. After further debates and procedural developments, Parliament adopted its first-reading position on 4 April 2019. The Council, on its side, reached a general approach on this proposal in December 2018, under the Austrian Presidency. After four negotiating rounds, the Council and Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the proposal on 12 December 2019, which was approved by Coreper on 20 December. The Council formally adopted its first-reading position on 7 April 2020, and the TRAN committee recommended on 8 June that Parliament approve it at second reading. The agreed text is thus due to be voted in plenary in July at second reading. If adopted, this would put an end to three years of debate on a complex and controversial proposal.

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Access to the occupation of road transport operator and to the international road haulage market

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 with a view to adapting them to developments in the sector
Committee responsible: Transport and Tourism (TRAN) COM(2017) 281 of 31.5.2017

procedure ref.: 2017/0123(COD)

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

Rapporteur: Ismail Ertug (S&D, Germany)
Shadow rapporteurs: Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska (EPP, Poland); Søren Gade (Renew, Denmark); Marco Campomenosi (ID, Italy); Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, France); Kosma Złotowski (ECR, Poland); Kateřina Konečná (GUE/NGL, Czechia)
Next steps expected: Second-reading vote in plenary

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