Parliamentary questions
4 February 2015
Question for oral answer O-000014/2015
to the Commission
Rule 128
Daniel Buda, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Theodor Dumitru Stolojan, Cristian-Silviu Bușoi, Traian Ungureanu, Adina-Ioana Vălean, Iuliu Winkler, Adam Szejnfeld, Dieter-Lebrecht Koch, Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, Wim van de Camp, József Nagy, Massimiliano Salini, on behalf of the PPE Group
Renate Weber

 Subject: Implementation of the German minimum wage law (MiLog)

The German Government decided at the end of January 2015 to suspend temporarily the implementation of the new minimum wage for freight drivers in transit (‘MiLog’). This notwithstanding, the obstruction of transport operations that have Germany as destination or origin constitutes a barrier to free movement within the European Union.

In our opinion, the new law is in contradiction with the Directive on services in the internal market (2006/123/EC). Moreover, by implementing the new law, the German authorities will be able to access the financial statements of companies in other Member States, and the outcome could lead to distortion of competition within the internal market.

The Commission is advised that unless this situation is resolved as a matter of urgency, companies from at least 16 Member States will face significant problems in their business activity.

Given the clear evidence of legislative misconduct, how does the Commission intend to resolve this issue as soon as possible?

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