The European Parliament debated on the German regulations, which also affect Eastern-European freight transport operators. The plenary debate WAS held in Brussels on Wednesday, 25 March, in the presence of European Commissioner for Transport.
On the same day, freight transporters from several countries such as Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Lithuania or Poland protested in front of the EP against the recent imposition by Germany of a minimum wage for freight transport employees from other Member States. Since the 1st of January this year Germany requires that all freight employees get a minimum pay of EUR 8.5 per hour, including employees of non-German companies transporting into or transiting the country. This action has stirred some resistance, especially in Eastern and Central Europe, so the regulation is not yet applied for transit freight traffic. France has also shown intention for introducing such a regulation.