2021.02.23 15:00

EU's Mobility Package ‘not entirely bad’, Lithuanian minister says

Paulius Viluckas, BNS2021.02.23 15:00

The EU's Mobility Package, a major overhaul of road transport rules that Lithuania and eastern members have opposed, contains some good provisions, said Transport Minister Marius Skuodis on Tuesday.

According to him, Lithuania supports the provisions aimed at improving working conditions for truck drivers, but it mainly opposes the requirement for trucks to return to their country of registration every eight weeks.

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“We support some of the provisions of the Mobility Package, especially when it comes to protecting drivers' rights, and giving them greater social guarantees and a better workplace,” Skuodis told LRT RADIO.

“Nobody is questioning this part of the Mobility Package. However, there are provisions that really go against the single market and the Green Deal, and, naturally, should be amended,” he said. “In other words, the legislative package is not entirely bad, but several provisions should be changed.”

The requirement for trucks to return to their home country should be delayed or discarded altogether, Skuodis said, adding that this would not be easy to do.

On Friday, the European Commission published its findings that the rule would increase CO2 emissions by 4.6 percent and, coupled with the cabotage restriction, would increase freight transportation costs and have a negative economic impact on the EU's peripheral countries.