New EU rules for road hauliers will be a disaster for the climate, they cry in Eastern europe. Nonsense, the equivalent of the EU-countries in the west, on the contrary.
certain it is, that the plans of the EU vejpakke, which after years of negotiations and attempts at obstruction on Wednesday can become a reality when the EUROPEAN Parliament votes on the three main elements. The result is expected Thursday.
the Goal is to effectively do away with the letterbox, wage compression and poor working conditions in the transport sector via a variety of specific requirements. In addition, the package aims to ensure the principle of 'same pay for same job in the same place'.
- There will be fought to the last. There are strong forces who want, to the current situation with the race to the bottom must continue, says Nikolaj Villumsen (EL), which has been medforhandler on a part of the package.
There are some amendments tabled. The purpose of these is from the opposing side to slow down the implementation. In Eastern europe, they fear losing jobs in an industry, which is essential for countries ' economies.
- If only one amendment is voted through, then fall vejpakken. So, you must start all over again. It we be wildly tragic, says parliamentarian Marianne Wind (S).
A main argument that has been used, is that the requirement that the trucks must return to their country of registration, every eighth week, will lead to long trips with empty trucks. And more unnecessary emissions of CO2.
The EU Commission has launched a study of. It will, in fact, be in conflict with the very core of president Ursula von der Leyens program: Europe needs to be climate neutral in 2050.
- So nothing is certain until the last vote is set. They use the EU Commission's argument in an attempt to stick a spanner in the works, says Villumsen.
Chairman of the transport in the Budding 3F Jan Villadsen believes, to the contrary, it will be vice versa. The package helps not only the drivers but also the climate.
- All of them, running above just to run over here, must be transported back and forth, as they go home once in a while. Instead, you will now register the company there, where you actually have the cars, he says.
There have been several examples of companies in different show have devised ways to operate on the Danish roads with low-paid drivers.
the Police have in over a year, examined the company Kurt Beier of human trafficking after a review from the Center for human Trafficking under the national board of social services.
Philippine drivers were, according to the centre are employed on very low wages and working conditions. The EU package will make up with this.
- It is clear that it will be easier for Danish drivers, to be able to succeed in the lønkonkurrence. There is no doubt about it, says transport minister Benny Engelbrecht (S).
The strong, by vejpakken is according to the minister, that it comes '360 degrees around'. The legislature both on working conditions and wages, for vehicles and businesses.
Changing Danish governments have been struggling for vejpakken, and the minister of transport is very satisfied with the result, which accounts, after that the package earlier in the year got the majority in the EU Parliament transport committee.
Denmark has been to form and was the host for the meetings in vejalliancen with like-minded EU countries in Brussels for several years.
- It is one of the greatest european victories where we can put a genuine Danish origin mark on the case, says Engelbrecht.