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Parliamentary questions
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17 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006312-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Richard Sulík (ECR)

 Subject:  Disproportionate penalties for non-compliance with the Loi Macron
 Answer in writing 

The French minimum wage regulation entered into force in July 2016. Under this law, the French minimum wage must be paid to lorry drivers, with non-compliance punishable by a fine of EUR 3 000-6 000, and financially and personally demanding administrative procedures must also be undertaken. The Commission therefore launched an infringement procedure in June 2016.

Under the Loi Macron 2018-771, France requires carriers to submit documents in French and to have a French-speaking representative with a French telephone number. The fine may amount to EUR 4 000, rising after two years to EUR 8 000 and then to as much as EUR 500 000. In its response to Parliamentary Question E-007696/20161, the Commission stated that it was not aware of any suspension by the French authorities of the application or enforcement of the Loi Macron measures. Despite the erection of clearly disproportionate barriers in the single market, the Commission suspended the infringement procedure due to the adoption of the Mobility Package, which is a time-consuming process, leaving France to continue to enforce its disproportionate measures taken solely to protect its own market.

1. Is it in line with EC law to require transport companies from other countries to meet conditions that are costly and discriminate against them, e.g. having a French-speaking representative or translating documents?

2. Given that fines for non-compliance with the Loi Macron are generally targeted at carriers from certain foreign countries that mainly have lower profit margins, does the Commission consider the amount of these fines to be proportionate and non-discriminatory?

Original language of question: SK 
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