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Parliamentary questions
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13 November 2017
E-006980-17
Question for written answer E-006980-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ole Christensen (S&D)

 Subject:  Issuing driving licences to third-country nationals
 Answer in writing 

A Danish media company recently revealed that there has been a significant increase in the number of driving licences issued to third-country nationals during the past few years, in application of Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009. During 2015-2016 alone, the number of driving licences issued in EU Member States increased by 60%. In Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia and Spain, in particular, a very high number of driving licences has been issued to third-country nationals.

At the same time as this significant increase in the number of driving licences issued, many EU Member States are struggling with high unemployment. Issuing driving licences to third-country nationals will distort the market and reduce wages in the road transport sector by eliminating the supply and demand mechanisms, and will limit unemployed EU citizens looking for work in the road transport sector. The aforementioned practice is detrimental to both employment and upward convergence in the EU. This is, therefore, diametrically opposed to the Commission’s explicit goal to create upward convergence.

Is the Commission aware of this significant increase in the number of driving licences issued to third-country nationals?

Does the Commission consider it a distortion of the labour market when EU Member States can import very low-paid drivers from third countries?

Does the Commission intend to put forward proposals to amend the rules in the future, to prevent them from being detrimental to employment and upward convergence in the EU?

Original language of question: DA 
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