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Parliamentary question - P-000457/2015Parliamentary question

Consequences of the German minimum wage law for international road haulage

Question for written answer P-000457-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Gesine Meissner (ALDE)

On 1 January 2015 Germany introduced a statutory minimum wage of EUR 8.50. This also applies to the transport sector, including international transport services provided by foreign companies on German territory. In the case of lorry journeys beginning or ending in Germany, cabotage or transit journeys, the driver has to be paid the German minimum wage for the hours worked on German territory.

Is this provision compatible with EU legislation?

Before crossing the German border, foreign hauliers are required to provide the German customs authorities with a range of information about the planned transport operation in Germany. Do this notification obligation and the red tape it generates not hinder the free movement of goods and jeopardise the goal of a single European transport area?

Other EU Member States also have a minimum wage. Do they have provisions regarding international road freight transport similar to those applicable in Germany (notification obligation, payment of the national minimum wage during transit)?