The meeting of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE) of the Council of the EU adopted, after several rounds of negotiations, the general approach regarding the mobility package I (road), informs a press release of the Ministry of Transport, on Tuesday remitted to AGERPRES.
The event took place on Monday, December 3, in Brussels, under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (PRES AT).
"During the entire negotiation process, Romania, through Minister of Transport Lucian Sova supported the interests of Romanian transporters and drivers, and made all the effort to identify some reasonable and balanced solutions of compromise, in order to ensure as little financial and administrative impact as possible on their activity," says the release.
Regarding the sensitive aspects of the package, following Romania's requests and efforts during the negotiations, it was decided to: eliminate the obligation to bring the vehicle back home, the cabotage prohibition period was reduced from 14 days (the initial compromise) down to five days and the transit and bilateral international transport operations are to be exempt from the detachment rules.
The mobility package I is one of essential reforms in the road transportation sector referring to the working conditions of drivers, special detachment norms of drivers in international transportation, access on the haulage market.
"In the initiators' vision, the reform is meant to ensure a balance between adequate working conditions for drivers and the freedom of operators to provide cross-border services. Also, it offers a clearer modality for the enforcement of rules in this sector and it shall end the divergent national interpretations. The texts agreed upon at the meeting of the TTE Council of December 3 represent its standpoint in what concerns negotiations with the European Parliament, in view of obtaining an agreement on the final draft of the document. In the initiators' vision, the road mobility package is meant to harmonize and simplify rules in transportation, to ensure a better implementation in all member states, to support social equity, reduce the negative impact of road transportation on the environment and encourage innovation," reads the mentioned document.