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Transfrigoroute International newsletter - July 2015
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  • TI AGM 2015 info
  • European Commission key staff change
  • Non-Road-Mobile-Machinery
  • MiLoG: EU vs German minimum wage

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TI political manifesto, June 2015
 

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Secretary General's Editorial

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the July edition of the Frigoriscope! Before MEPs, European Commission officials and you all depart for sunnier climates, you can find below the latest legislative developments on the Non-Road-Mobile-Machinery Directive, Cabotage and the ongoing review of the 2011 Transport White Paper.

We also want to alert you to an important development in EU decision-making more generally. Luxemburg officially took over the rotating Presidency of the EU Council from Latvia on 1 July. It will focus on outstanding dossiers across all transport sectors (particularly rail and sea), and will launch a debate on the whole EU transport policy framework to facilitate the review of the 2011 White Paper.

Social Dumping is expected to draw the Presidency’s attention between July and December of this year according to the published priorities.
 
Finally, it is with great sadness that we have learned of the unexpected death of Martial Saelens, CEO of the Sitra Group company of Ypres, Belgium. At 58, Martial was not only a faithful member of the FEBETRA, but also a longstanding and active member of Transfrigoroute Belgium. When a meeting or a congress was organized, Martial was always doing his best to be present, and more importantly, to express his views. He will be greatly missed and we extend our heartfelt condolences on behalf of the entire TI secretariat.

Russell Patten
Secretary General

60th Anniversary of TI in Amsterdam – Register now

As you all know, this year’s AGM will take place in Amsterdam. Preparations, led by Transfrigoroute Holland, are underway and all signs point to it gearing up to become an exceptional event – as should be expected, as it is the 60th anniversary of our association.

The English invitations have already gone out, translations in German and French are soon to go out. Please make sure to register (French version and German version) yourself and your partner in time – the deadline is 10 July. The finalization of the program is also underway and will be forwarded to the members in time. Furthermore, we encourage all Transfrigoroute members to refer potential speakers or sponsors to Transfrigoroute Holland
Wim van de Camp, EPP, shadow rapporteur of Review of the 2011 Transport White Paper - and confirmed speaker at the Transfrigoroute AGM in Amsterdam
 
It is with great pleasure that we can announce a high level speaker for the  event: Shadow Rapporteur of the 2011 Transport White Paper, Wim van de Camp (EPP) from Netherlands, will be joining us in Amsterdam, and is willing to address a few words at our sector.
 

New Director-General of DG MOVE: Who is Henrik Hololei?

European Commission is undergoing a reshuffle at the services level. This marks the last step in the transition to the new Juncker Commission, and means a change in the leadership of all  Directorates-General. The new Director-General of DG MOVE (Mobility and Transport), will be Mr Henrik Hololei, who will take office from 1 October. Mr Hololei served as head of Cabinet of former Transport Commissioner Kallas for the majority of Mr Kallas’ term, but worked as Deputy Secretary General in the Commission’s Secretariat General since 2013.
The new Director-General of DG MOVE, Henrik Hololei, is very respected in the Brussels transport community for his in depth knowledge of files and professionalism. He is an Estonian national.
 
Non-Road-Mobile-Machinery back on the table – What is new?

On 12 May 2015, the European Parliament presented a revised text on requirements relating to emission limits and type-approval for internal combustion engines for non-road mobile machinery. The existing law dates back to 1997 and is under review in order to further reduce CO2 emissions.

NGOs, including Transport & Environment, criticised the European Commission’s original proposal for its “lack of ambition” in CO2 emissions reduction and called for far-reaching amendments from the European Parliament. The Report of the Shadow Rapporteur, Elisabetta Gardini (EPP), does not include any increase or decrease in emissions reduction targets, however.According to sources at the former Latvian Presidency of the European Council, the focus of the Council lies most of all on the length of exemptions and on how long the transitional periods should be.

This directive is currently under discussion in the European Council, entry into force is expected for the first half of 2016.

Social rights: Commission launches infringement action against Germany

Following the Bundestag’s decision to apply the minimum wage of €8.50/hour on all foreign transport workers, even if they are only on transit, the European Commission sent on 19 May a letter of Formal Notice to Germany, constituting the first step in the infringement procedure.

The European Commission officially supports the introduction of the German minimum wage, but considers its application on all transport operations on German territory to restrict the freedom to provide goods and services in a disproportionate manner.
 


The European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, is strictly against Social Dumping - but efficient solutions have to be found.
 
At a high-level conference in Brussels on Thursday 4 June, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc stated:

Social issues have an important place in the political calendar of the Juncker Commission (…). I am committed to getting results in this field, taking account of the specific nature (of the sector)”.

According to her, Germany’s approach is “disproportionate” in terms of excessive administrative burdens as it would impede the functioning of the internal market.

In a draft of the Road Package leaked at the beginning of June, it is stated that while social dumping indeed is a challenge, the needed framework to address the problem is already in place and that regulators should focus on the enforcement of existing rules. The final road package is planned for 2016.

Germany must respond to the Commission’s concerns within two months - setting the deadline for 19 July.
 
T&E calls for CO2-standards for lorries
On 18 June, the EU organised the “Driving Road Decarbonisation forwards” event, analysing the role CO2 emissions in transport, how the transport sector could futher reduce its greenhouse gases. Especially, since the transport sector is responsible for about a fifth of the European total emissions.
 
During a Q&A session, a representative of the NGO T&E called for CO2-regulations for lorries, stating that the EU is lagging behind in this matter, since the US and even China have already introduced specific regulations on trucks. The NGO also published a position paper, advocating that the European Commission should link the planned ‘effort sharing decision package’ and particularly any ‘monitoring reporting and verification mechanism’ with post 2020 strategy for trucks, which in turn should be followed by a set of mandatory limits on average CO2 emissions from newly registered trucks. T&E calls for fuel efficiency standards, like the once that have already been introduced in the car sector.
 

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  • 15-17 October 2015 TI AGM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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