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Parliamentary questions
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25 March 2011
Answer given by High representative/Vice‑President Ashton on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001117/2011

The imposition of quantitative restrictions in the international road transport market is detrimental to its efficiency and within the EU any such restrictions have been totally abolished. However, outside the EU, road transport relations between Member States and third countries (except for Switzerland and EEA countries) are currently governed by bilateral agreements, which rule both market access and transit transport. Nevertheless the Commission has closely monitored the problem described in the question and is now pleased to inform the Honourable Member that Poland and Russia reached an agreement on the renewal of their bilateral agreement which has resolved the situation.

The freedom of transit as in Title III, Article 12 of the partnership and cooperation agreement between the European Communities and their Member States and the Russian Federation relate to transit through Russia and its customs territory to a third country and not to transport to Russia and therefore does not apply to the specific problems encountered by Polish hauliers. As regards Title VII, Article 70 which stipulates that the parties shall develop and strengthen their cooperation in the field of transport, the Commission takes the view that it requires all parties to enhance their cooperation in the field of transport with a view to solving transport issues.

In this context the Commission notes the explicit reference to the modernizing of management and operations of road transport in this Article. It will be following closely the developments in this field aiming at the strengthening of road transport relations with the Russian Federation on a fair and open basis and will support every effort for removing unnecessary restrictions that limit the efficiency of the transport operations.

OJ C 286 E, 30/09/2011
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