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For a stonger European trade policy

Overwhelming support for Marie-Pierre Vedrenne’s report on strengthening Europe’s trade response
Laurence Farreng EP

FOR the "GREENING" of THE EU CULTURE AND EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

Culture and education play a key role in driving the societal change we must achieve. We can use the programmes smartly to contribute to the wider environmental objectives.

For a fairer level playing field for the road transport sector with the Mobility Package

lorry on European highway

The European Parliament today adopted, in second reading, a major reform of the road transport sector, the so-called Mobility Package, bringing to an end a long and complicated legislative process initiated in the previous mandate. Back in December 2019, the Renew Europe Group managed to negotiate a very balanced agreement aiming at the improvement and harmonisation of rules and creating a fairer level playing field for the road transport sector. Today’s plenary endorsed all three legal acts without any amendments, as adopted by EU ministers in April 2020.

On the posting of drivers' part, Basque MEP Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, explained: "This package is essential if the road transport sector wants to offer the best it has, in terms of flexibility and capillarity, to the whole of the European transport sector. The directive on posting of drivers is going to improve the working conditions of these professionals and offers solutions to two of the big problems affecting the sector. The first one is the social dumping that leads to under-employment and degrades everyone's working conditions. The second is the application of unilateral solutions Member State by Member State, which have not resolved this problem and have further fragmented the market. It has not been easy to reach an agreement but I hope that this effort will encourage all the Member States to apply these rules in a homogenous and decisive manner."