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MEP Roberts Zīle welcomes Commission’s infringement case on the German Minimum Wage law to the trans

21 May 2015

MEP Roberts Zīle welcomes Commission’s infringement case on the German Minimum Wage law to the trans

On May 19th The European Commission decided to launch an infringement procedure against Germany, concerning the application of the Minimum Wage Act to the transport sector which previously has raised alarm and widespread protests among industry and EP members including ECR transport committee coordinator Latvian MEP Roberts Zīle who also has strongly opposed this act.

On May 19th The European Commission decided to launch an infringement procedure against Germany, concerning the application of the Minimum Wage Act to the transport sector which previously has raised alarm and widespread protests among industry and EP members including ECR transport committee coordinator Latvian MEP Roberts Zīle who also has strongly opposed this act.

“I welcome the fact that Commission has finally put forward the letter of formal notice, but it still remains to be seen what will be the answer from German authorities and consequently what will be the Commission’s next steps. Nevertheless, it is clear that the application of the country’s minimal wage law even to international transit lorry drivers in this manner is strictly unfair.”

MEP Zīle argues that this kind of Act is a shining example how functioning of the EU Single Market can be fragmented and jeopardised, in this particular case in the transport sector, and how individual Member States can implement protectionism restricting European freedoms. “It is important to understand that this kind of protectionism not only is in contradiction to European Single Market but it also reduces European global competitiveness that Europe simply can’t afford.”

Nevertheless, the European Commission generally is fully supporting the introduction of a minimum wage in Germany, but the fact is that the Commission considers the application of the Minimum Wage Act to all transport operations which touch German territory restricts the freedom to provide services and the free movement of goods, in a disproportionate manner.

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