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2016.06.17 09:12

Lithuanian truck drivers seek the help of the European Commission

Algirdas Acus 2016.06.17 09:12

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs during her visit in Lithuania on Thursday said that European Commission will launch legal action against France over its minimum wage for the foreign truck drivers.

Brussels will send a formal letter launching the procedure "in a few hours", said Elżbieta Bieńkowska in the meeting with Prime Minister of Lithuania Algirdas Butkevičius.

Lithuania is among Eastern European nations opposing the French law.

'Unfortunately, it need to be stressed that in some cases our business confront barriers', said Butkevičius.

Elżbieta Bieńkowska commented that from the single market perspective French minimum wage for the foreign truck drivers raises a lot of concern.

European Commission has already launched a similar legal challenge against Germany for requiring foreign firms to pay the German minimum wage.

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Bieńkowska and Butkevičius walking

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Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner:
I want to state that we have two member states with the same kind of law that was implemented. So with Germany, last year, we started our procedure and I think, because it’s not finalized yet fully, I think in a few hours we will have the same letter towards France.

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Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner:
Of course, from the single market perspective it raises quite a lot of concern, and we are very much active in the discussion. Of course we are not mostly in the lead of these issues, but we are very much active in discussion.

Sound bite (Lithuanian)