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EP Transport Commission rejects Bulgarian amendments to Mobility package

The Committee on Transport in the European Parliament rejected amendments to the “Mobility” package, tabled after its first reading, among which was the proposal of Bulgarian MEPs to abolish the return of trucks and drivers to the country, BNT reported.
The package must be finally voted on at second reading in plenary. This is expected to happen at the session of the European Parliament in early July.

The adoption of the “Mobility” package, which is unfavourable to Bulgaria, continues. The amendments rejected today are not expected to be supported in plenary.

Bulgarian MEPs did not hide their disappointment.

The final decision on the controversial texts governing the rules for workers abroad is expected to be at the beginning of July, BBC reported.

According to a study by the global consulting company KPMG, 46% of these future courses back to Bulgaria will be unladen. It is expected and so will be the number of trucks heading back after the break. The International Carriers Union describes the phenomenon of “empty courses” as the blackest scenario for any company.

All this is necessary because of the requirement that drivers of TIR can not rest in their cabins. However, MEPs do not comply with these proposals with the already adopted target of reducing harmful emissions into the atmosphere over the old continent of the so-called The “European Green Card” is sounding the alarm from the transport business in 7 countries.

Thus, only because of this type of travel, harmful emissions are expected to increase by 2 percent. There will inevitably be more traffic at the borders. Our country, which is generally a transit area for many of the transport companies, will face a record load on the road.

Only at the point of the bridge in Vidin is expected an increase of 217% in traffic. The survey also suggests that at Kalotina point the new measure is expected to increase by 79% and Danube Bridge 1 by almost 50%.

The study assumes that a number of companies will choose to pass through Kalotina, as the route through Serbia is the shortest and fastest. Thus, a 14-kilometer queue will accumulate there, and on average each truck will wait 32 hours.

The Transport Ministry announced that our country's principled position is “for” common European rules, but supports business demands for changes.

The texts in this form will lead to a rapid decline in gross domestic product between 0.7 and 1.5 per cent, while the losses from revenues will be between 9 and 18 per cent.

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