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Rossen Jeliazkov: Market study on the impact of the Mobility Package I confirms concerns about negative effects on business and the environment

The impact analysis of the Mobility Package I confirmed our concerns about the negative impact on the transport sector and the environment. This was stated by the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Rossen Jeliazkov, in the frames of the presentation of the market research and the impact assessment of the current version of the Mobility Package I on the Bulgarian international freight transport by land.

“We have a serious market study commissioned by the transport industry, which is essentially evaluative and undoubtedly shows the implications of implementing the texts so written in the Mobility Package I. The analysis data will be provided to both our MEPs and the various formats in the EC, as well as during the interinstitutional talks,” announced Minister Rossen Jeliazkov. According to him, the data shows a serious discrepancy between the announced and the real European policy, and what the end result will be.

“The survey shows that fuel-only costs will increase by around EUR 155 million on an annual basis due to the mandatory return of empty trucks to the country of establishment. This will lead to an increase in carbon emissions, while at the same time reducing pollution is being discussed in the EU. 50% of empty courses do not benefit either the “social rights of… trucks” or the environment in Europe,”said Minister Jeliazkov. He was adamant that like-minded countries should not hesitate to unite themselves by outlining permissible and inadmissible approaches under the Mobility Package I.

“We were surprised as well by the volume of losses we would suffer from the introduction of an unbalanced Mobility Package I. We are not against the Package, but such serious reforms cannot be proposed without the EU assessing the impact of how these new proposals would affect the transportation business,” commented Yordan Arabadzhiev, of the Union of International Carriers.

The impact study of the Mobility Package I was carried out by KPMG on behalf of the branch organizations in the field of international road transport. KPMG said their survey showed that companies owning 36% of the trucks would either cease or relocate their business, and nearly 14,000 people directly involved in freight transport across the EU would lose their jobs.


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Стачка блокира кораби и фериботи в Гърция на 24 септември

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An expert from Germany warns against the effects of The Mobility Package.

The Mobility Package is a set of rules to regulate the EU’s transport industry. According to a German expert – Professor Peter Klaus (pictured), who prepared a report on the effects of the Package’s entry into force, the consequences will affect the entire EU economy.

Peter Klaus, Professor of Logistics at the Frederick Alexander University in Erlangen and Nuremberg, prepared a report on the impact of the entry into force of the Mobility Package as approved by the European Parliament in April this year, commissioned by the Employers’ Association Transport i Logistyka Polska.

Германски експерт отхвърля промените в пакет Мобилност 1

For the purposes of the report, Prof. Klaus conducted surveys among 25 transport companies from ten EU countries. The professor focused on the analysis of the aspects which, in his opinion, will have the greatest impact on the EU transport market and the EU economy. These include:

– a ban on taking 45-hour rest in the cabin, which is impossible to implement due to the scarcity of suitable facilities on motorways and major transport arteries in Europe.

– accusations of social dumping and unfair competition, which should be seen in a broader perspective. Prof. Klaus refers to the example of Bulgarian drivers who, according to the statistics, earn the least in the whole EU. However, the expert points out that their salary is 5 times the average salary in Bulgaria.

– the mandatory return of the driver to the country of registration of the vehicle, which will have a particularly negative impact on the transport sector in peripheral countries. It will also have negative economic (higher probability of empty mileage) and environmental effects.

– the inclusion of professional drivers in the revised Posting of Workers Directive, which will have the most dramatic impact on the European transport market. 70% of goods in the EU are transported by trucks. This will not be possible if international transport is subject to a revised posting regulation, as accounting for the work of drivers will become unfeasible.

Proposed changes to the Package
Prof. Klaus also presented the most urgent proposals for changes to the Mobility Package, which would allow the European transport sector to develop further for the benefit of its workers, customers and the EU economy as a whole. According to him, it is necessary to:

– abandon the proposal on weekly rest periods away from the vehicle and replace it with an intensive infrastructure development programme;

– simplify and harmonise rules across the EU, instead of promoting national protectionism, giving preference to national rules;

– promote new models for long-distance transport services;

– refrain from blocking cross-trade operations, which eliminates from the market many smaller operators from peripheral countries. This would lead to a significant loss of capacity and flexibility in European transport.

Will the Package go back to the Commission?
In April this year, the European Parliament adopted stricter proposals for the Mobility Package. However, MEPs did not adopt a mandate that would allow for further work to be carried out in the framework of trilogue with the European Commission and the Council of the European Union. After the parliamentary elections, the European Conservatives and Reformists  and the European People’s Party voted in favour of amending the proposal. Last week, as established by the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily, members of the European People’s Party in the transport committee decided, by 13 votes to 11, to move on to further work on the Mobility Package without returning it for correction. The vote on the mandate for the trilogue is due to take place in two weeks’ time on 24 September.

As a reminder, at the beginning of September, new rapporteurs were elected in the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport. These are:

– Henna Virkkunen (PPE, Finland), responsible for driving time, breaks and rest,

– Katerina Konecna (GUE/NGL, Czech Republic), responsible for the use of posting in road transport,

– Ismail Ertug (S&D, Germany) responsible for access to the profession and the market. MEP Ertug was also a rapporteur in the previous parliamentary term and became famous for his controversial proposals concerning the Mobility Package.

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The Belgians do not like the Mobility Package. They figured that its provisions would bring losses to their companies as well.

Three Belgian transport organisations commissioned a study from the Belgian Road Transport and Logistics Institute (ITLB) to show the effects of the entry into force of the Mobility Package provisions on the new cabotage rules. ITLB’s conclusions are not surprising for Polish carriers, but for Belgian carriers they are astonishing. Although the Belgians wanted to restrict cabotage transport, now they see it as a threat to themselves.


Belgium is the country with the highest cabotage penetration rate (defining the share of foreign carriers in the national transport of a particular country) in Europe (in 2016 it was 12.3%, compared to about half the figure in Germany in the same year – 6.5%). In addition, Belgian carriers often carry out cabotage in neighbouring countries on return routes from international assignments.

Currently, cabotage is limited to three operations within seven days. The European Parliament is preparing, as part of the Mobility Package, significant restrictions for this type of transport, which the countries of the Old Union have been calling for over the years. Belgium has also been actively calling for this.

Restricting cabotage is a loss for Belgium

According to the Brussels proposals, each cabotage operation would be followed by a 60-hour ‘freeze’ period, i.e. a ban on any transport operations by the truck in question.

The three Belgian transport federations TLV, UPTR and Febetra recently decided to examine how such regulations could affect the national transport industry and commissioned the Institute of Road Transport and Logistics to carry out a study, informs the transport portal

If ITLB’s conclusions were to be believed, the ‘freeze’ period would have ‘dramatic consequences for Belgian carriers’, we read on the portal. Belgians do not use cabotage to take over important parts of foreign markets, but to improve the profitability of returns to the country on completed international routes (it should also be noted that labour costs in Belgium are the highest in Europe). A quarter of the Belgian carriers with whom ITLB conducted surveys in August 2019 admitted that they regularly use this form of cabotage (mainly in France, the Netherlands and Germany).

According to the Institute’s calculations, each day of ‘freezing’ would cost a Belgian carrier €679. ITLB estimates that, across the entire Belgian industry, a one-day ban would cost carriers almost €24 million per year, a three-day ban €72 million and a five-day ban as much as €120 million – i.e. half of the profits achieved by all Belgian carriers in 2017 (according to Truck & Business).

Therefore, TLV, UPTR and Febetra are planning to appeal to Brussels to change the rules on cabotage contained in the Package, while preserving the essence of this reform, which aims to prevent the complete liberalisation of international transport, reads the report on

The Belgians have an idea – the freeze period would be automatically lifted upon arrival in the country where the vehicle is registered. In this way, after cabotage, e.g. in eastern France or western Germany, the vehicle could return empty to Belgium, where it could take up another load.

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(BG) Преразпределение на ЕКМТ/СЕМТ разрешителните за 2019г.

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(BG) Великобритания – нощни работи по магистрала М6 през август и септември 2019 г.

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