Patrick leads in Europe trains for 20 years. He’s from Belgium, where a relatively large salary and good working conditions. It vostochnoevropeiskoe colleagues settle for less and worst. With them Western trucker have to share the road and contracts for the carriage of goods.
“It becomes difficult, says Patrick. – Lots of trucks, especially from Eastern countries. They discourage us bread. We have not so much work as before.”
Patrick was hired by a small company on the outskirts of Brussels with a fleet of 20 trucks. Until 2004 she occupied a comfortable niche in the transport market and has earned a reputation for being fast and reliable. But then, after the expansion of the European Union in the 8 former socialist and Soviet countries, the roads became more cars, traffic jams, and drivers.
“Drivers rushed from the East, – says managing Director Alain Adrians. – There’s more cheap labor, which creates unfair competition which had approved itself to carriers from Belgium.”
The drivers of this Belgian company earn an average of 3500 euros a month minus taxes. In some Eastern European countries this amount, except for travel, can be five times lower. Meanwhile, her truckers spend on the road by several months, mainly in Western Europe, usually sleeping in the cabins.
So rasicim between the West and the East may soon change, and competition to become more streamlined and spravedlivoi. The European Parliament will vote this week for a major reform of vehicles. The so-called “mobility Package” vigorously debated by MPs in 2017:
“Mobility package caused a split into two camps, – said the French player Karim Delly. – On the one hand, the state and politics, advocating for the alignment of social conditions between member countries. And MEPs, which is the liberalization of the rules”.
New rules will make it difficult for European drivers jobs abroad. Their remuneration will depend on the local level. Truckers will be forced to return to his native country every four weeks, and they will not be allowed to rest in your vehicle.
Finally, companies will have to prove that their main activity takes place in the country where they are registered. Their trucks will have to return to base every 8 weeks. At that time, as some in the EU welcome these changes, others (mainly in the East) see them as undermining the single market and the threat to the economy:
“The transport sector accounts for about 6% of Polish GDP, and will be even less, – said the Polish MEP Kosma Zlotkowski. – This will affect not only Polish, but also in the European economy, because transport will become more expensive.”
If approved by the European Parliament, the rules for trucks will apply a year and a half.