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Peter Kouroumbashev, MEP: EP voting on mobility package will be tough

Peter Kouroumbashev, MEP: EP voting on mobility package will be tough

20 June 2018 | 17:03 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. MEP Peter Kouroumbashev expects a difficult voting on the mobility package in the European Parliament, he said in an interview with Focus News Agency. After the committees, the mobility package will now be voted in plenary, where proposals can be made by entire committees, entire political groups or at least 38 MEPs, Kouroumbashev explained. “These proposals must be drafted by June 27 and may be voted at the July session in Strasbourg. If there is not enough time to translate the proposals, they may be postponed to the first week of the plenary session, again in Strasbourg,” the MEP explained.
The Bulgarian MEPs will submit proposals on positions they have already defended, he said.
“I have no high expectations, since we lost the voting on the two important reports. The first one by 263 to 343, which means a margin of 80 votes against us, and the second one by 180 to nearly 430. So there is a clear majority in the European Parliament, not in our favour. That is why I have called for not claiming victories when a committee votes, for the victory was obviously short-lived, and I already expected a difficult voting in plenary. Honestly though, I did not expect that we would lose by such a large margin. The din and the welcoming of some hero at the airport were a fuss hampering our work. Such behaviour only provokes the other party and even lowers the likelihood of any compromise,” Kouroumbashev said.
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Slavcho Sidzhimkov, haulier: Bulgaria with fatal delay in taking measures on mobility package

Slavcho Sidzhimkov, haulier: Bulgaria with fatal delay in taking measures on mobility package

20 June 2018 | 10:01 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria has fatally delayed in taking measures on the mobility package, this should have been done two years ago, trucking company owner Slavcho Sidzhimkov told Focus Radio this morning. He thinks the outcome of the controversy over the proposed changes is known beforehand and there is nothing Bulgarian MEPs can do. The issue should be raised at the highest level and be handled by the government, he added. He warned that the changes would lead to the end of the Bulgarian transport sector. “To talk about protectionism by some countries in Europe and an attack against others is putting it mildly,” he said.
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Krasimir Lalov, carrier: Bulgaria should have taken action against the mobility package two years ago

Krasimir Lalov, carrier: Bulgaria should have taken action against the mobility package two years ago

19 June 2018 | 15:04 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria must take very tough action to defend its position, said Krasimir Lalov, Deputy President of the National Association of Bulgarian Carriers, in an interview with Focus News Agency. He said the MEPs of old member states were doing what they wanted at the expense of Bulgarian trucking and bus companies. “No one can do anything because the whole policy on thе matter should have started two years ago, instead of traveling now from Brussels to Sofia by truck to see what it is like. From Brussels to Sofia one cannot see much. The point is that our policy, our actions should have started two years ago,” he said. He further said that the European Parliament’s refusal to give a mandate to the Transport Committee for talks with the European Commission and the Council of Ministers was an expected move. “They will just impose this regulation on us. They have made this decision,” he added. He stressed that it would result in the bankruptcy of most Bulgarian carriers.
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Peter Kouroumbashev, MEP: We should be careful when we claim victory over Macron because no claims about capitulation can help in this situation

Peter Kouroumbashev, MEP: We should be careful when we claim victory over Macron because no claims about capitulation can help in this situation

8 June 2018 | 14:41 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We should be careful when we claim victory over Macron because no claims about capitulation can help in situations like this, MEP Peter Kouroumbashev said in the Bulgarian Parliament regarding recent comments by MEP Andrey Novakov after the European Parliament’s transport committee voted on the mobility package, Focus News Agency reports. According to the approved texts, truckers could not take their rest in the cabin unless the truck is parked in special parking spaces that do not exist at present. Truckers are also required to take their reduced weekly rest at a hotel, which is again not in favour of Bulgarian hauliers, Kouroumbashev explained. “But the worst requirement is that drivers have to go either back home or to a place they have informed about. They voted for the rule that the vehicle has to return home every three weeks,” the MEP said, adding that it would be difficult for the driver to stay in Western Europe and the truck to return to the country of registration. Cabotage provisions and the short term for the introduction of smart tachographs, 2022 to 2024, will also be obstacles for Bulgarian hauliers, he said.
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Dimitar Dimitrov, CHB: It’s too early to cheer the voted texts of mobility package, it is by no means a victory

Dimitar Dimitrov, CHB: It’s too early to cheer the voted texts of mobility package, it is by no means a victory

5 June 2018 | 14:22 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. It’s too early to cheer the voted texts within the mobility package, it is by no means a victory, Dimitar Dimitrov, Executive Director of the Chamber of Hauliers in Bulgaria, told Focus News Agency about yesterday’s decision of the European Parliament’s transport committee on the mobility package. According to Dimitrov, the information has been very inconsistent so far. “We rely on the Bulgarian representatives who attended the voting. The information we receive slightly differs. The posting requirement under the directive was really rejected. There is some progress as regards sleeping on board the vehicle when it is parked in a space that meets plenty of requirements. In this case, the driver can sleep in the vehicle. However, we do not know if there are such parking spaces,” Dimitar Dimitrov said. He recalled the suggestion that member states should not implement that requirement until they had such parking spaces every 100 km as proposed by EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, otherwise drivers would be obliged to sleep in hotels, leaving the trucks in unsecured parking lots, Dimitrov said.
He added that there was progress regarding their greatest concern – the requirement for drivers to go home every three weeks. “But a new point appears that requires one loading and unloading in the country of registration in the third week. This is much worse than the driver’s going home. The driver may return by bus, car or even with the truck, empty or with some cargo. Now they say the driver may stay in Europe, but the vehicle must return with cargo to the country of registration and then come out with cargo,” Dimitar Dimitrov said.
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Angel Dzhambazki, MEP: Premature jubilation on mobility package is unnecessary, the battle lies ahead

Angel Dzhambazki, MEP: Premature jubilation on mobility package is unnecessary, the battle lies ahead

5 June 2018 | 12:08 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The premature jubilation on the mobility package is unnecessary, the battle lies ahead, MEP Angel Dzhambazki, VMRO, told Focus Radio with regard to the rejected controversial proposals that had caused dissatisfaction among Bulgarian hauliers. Despite the good news, he said, there are many nuances even in the approved points that will cause doubts in the future. “The very proposal about the Macron plan was an illustrative example of the double standard against East European countries,” he added. “The text obliging drivers to go home every 21 days was rejected, but they have to inform two weeks in advance where they will rest on the 21st day. This again creates difficulties because the driver has to plan transport to tell where he will be, which is a long term for transport and difficult to do. There is another catch – in the third document of the package there is the obligation for the vehicle to load or unload at least once every 21 days in the country where it is registered. This essentially means the return of the truck, hence the driver,” the MEP explained. “Yesterday’s vote is good news for the national transport business, but Western Europe has not given up on its ideas,” he said. He forecast that the outcome would be clear in the autumn.
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Bulgarian Union of International Hauliers: We will initiate a referendum on leaving the EU, if the Macron package is adopted in its current form

Bulgarian Union of International Hauliers: We will initiate a referendum on leaving the EU, if the Macron package is adopted in its current form

4 June 2018 | 16:48 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We will initiate a referendum on leaving the EU, if the Macron package is adopted in its current form, Executive Director of the Union of International Hauliers Yordan Arabadzhiev said in an interview with Focus Agency. He said that would be the ultimate measure on the part of Bulgarian hauliers. “Non-EU countries like Turkey, Serbia, and Macedonia will not be under these regulations and will be significantly more competitive than Bulgarian hauliers,” Arabadzhiev said.
In his words, the Macron law aims at making Bulgarian hauliers and those from Eastern Europe uncompetitive by raising costs of their activity, getting them thrown out of the market, and then those drivers working in Bulgarian and Eastern European companies will have to work for Western Europe’s companies.
“We believe that if the measures are adopted in this form, a large part of the small and medium-sized Bulgarian transport companies will be facing bankruptcy. According to our data, over 120,000 Bulgarian families will be affected by these changes. And we are not talking about all the accompanying businesses that are also directly related to road transport,” the executive director of the of the Union of International Hauliers added.
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Bulgarian carriers: We are united – we are capable of closing all Brussels’ ring roads

Bulgarian carriers: We are united – we are capable of closing all Brussels’ ring roads

17 May 2018 | 15:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We are united like never before. We are supported by all parties and by the Council of Ministers. We will go to Brussels and protest. We are capable of closing all Brussels’ ring roads. This was stated by the chairman of the Association of the Bulgarian Enterprises for International Carriage and Roads, Georgi Petarneichev, during the protest of the carriers against the European Mobility Package, Focus News Agency reports.
“We are years ahead of our competitors in all other countries. They are trying to eliminate us somehow, but not in a fair way, through lower prices, but through administrative channels. This is our life. We have fought to achieve it for 30 years, we won’t give up that easily,” he said.
MEP Angel Dzhambazki also addressed the protesters, “We are against turning 150,000 people into migrants. We want these people to stay and work in Bulgaria,” said the MEP and urged Bulgarian carriers to protest in Brussels as well.
GERB MP Stanislav Ivanov assured the protesters that they are getting the support of the political parties in parliament and expressed hope that the legislative package against which they express their dissatisfaction will not be adopted the way it was proposed.
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Sofia: Bulgarian hauliers protesting against EU “mobility package”

Sofia: Bulgarian hauliers protesting against EU “mobility package”

17 May 2018 | 12:57 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian hauliers are protesting against proposed new rules on the movement of goods and people in the EU, Focus News Agency reports. Many trucks and buses from all over the country were lined up on Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd. in Sofia and there are also protests in Plovdiv, Smolyan, Varna and Vidin.
The protest is against some of the proposed regulations in the so-called Mobility Package I and II. The hauliers oppose the introduction of mandatory weekly rest outside the vehicle, which they say will leave cargoes unprotected and generate extra costs for insurance and hotel accommodation, as well as the requirement for return to home every three weeks, again because of extra costs for the companies.
“Our demands are against discrimination by the large countries. What nonsense! On the 21st day we have to go back to Bulgaria – it’s impossible,” Dimitar Dimitrov, one of the protesting drivers, told Focus News Agency. “I hope things get better, especially once the state has made a commitment. The troubles for the small come from the big ones – France, Germany, England. The state must do its best to protect our interests because it is a revenue-generating sector,” he added.
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