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Parliamentary questions
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28 June 2016
Question for written answer P-005174-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Helga Stevens (ECR)

 Subject:  Proceedings against German and French minimum wage in the road haulage sector
 Answer in writing 

The Commission has launched infringement proceedings against the French and German minimum wage in the road haulage sector. However, Article 3(1) of the Posted Workers Directive (Directive 96/71/EC) lays down that posted workers in the country where the work is carried out are to receive the minimum wage of that country. The haulage sector is not, in principle, excluded from this directive.

1. How can Directive 96/71/EC, and in particular Article 3(1) thereof, be reconciled with the abovementioned infringement proceedings?

2. How can the infringement proceedings launched by the Commission be reconciled with its proposal amending Directive 96/71/EC (COM(2016)0128 final), and in particular with the principle of ‘equal pay for equal work’?

3. In the Commission's view, what alternatives exist for creating a more level playing field in the transport sector and addressing social dumping?

Original language of question: NL 
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