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Parliamentary questions
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31 October 2018
Question for written answer E-005568-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ole Christensen (S&D)

 Subject:  Social dumping and issuing driver certificates to third country drivers
 Answer in writing 

Danish media have just uncovered how truck drivers from third countries live in slum camps in Denmark earning monthly salaries of less than DKK 7 000, while driving goods around in Denmark and in the rest of the EU(1).

The amount of driver certificates issued to drivers from third countries has increased between 2016 to 2017 from 74 832 to 108 223, see figures from the Commission(2).

Issuing driver certificates to third-country nationals will distort the market, keeping the wages and working conditions in the road transport sector at an unnatural and indecent low level, making it almost meaningless for unemployed EU nationals to seek employment in the road transport sector. This practice is detrimental to both employment and upward convergence in the EU, which is otherwise encouraged by the Commission.

The practice of issuing driver certificates to third-country nationals is not new. Last year, I asked for the Commission’s position on the issuance of driver certificates (E-006980/17). The Commission replied that ‘the Commission does not consider this to be a distortion of the labour market in the EU’.

Given the cases described above, does the Commission not consider that there is a distortion of the labour market and that social dumping is taking place?

Will the Commission change the rules for issuing driver certificates to third-country nationals to prevent distortion of the market, as in the cases described above?


Original language of question: DA 
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