Volume XVI, 5-2017
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Will We Succeed in Implementing the Mobility Package in Practice?

Will We Succeed in Implementing the Mobility Package in Practice?

Few initiatives of the European Commission have caused so much emotion as did the mobility package. The European Commission proposal from 31st May focuses on several areas that caused troubles in the recent months not only to Czech carriers. These include, in particular, the issue of the posting of the road transport workers.

Representatives of the European institutions, business organizations, carriers’ associations and the general public discussed the social aspects in the field of road transport and the new rules proposed by the mobility package in the European House in Prague on 16th June. Nevertheless the package is a great disappointment for the MEP Martina Dlabajová (ALDE / ANO 2011), the shadow rapporteur for the report on the revised posting directive. She also pointed out that the new rules on posting would increase the administrative burden on businesses. Moreover, she cannot imagine how the new rules will work in practice.

Vladimír Starosta, President of ČESMAD BOHEMIA z.s., welcomes the Commission’s efforts to restrict the functioning of letter-box companies that have long disturbed the European market. However, there are many pitfalls in the European Commission’s which will be difficult to implement in the practice.

“Whether it is the obligation to pay the posted workers the minimum wage of the state in which they are moving or the duty to spend rest time outside the truck cabin, I am afraid that for many companies the new rules will be liquidating,” » read more «

EU and Japan Strengthen Ties

On the 6th of July, the EU and Japan reached a political agreement in principle on the Economic Partnership Agreement. The free trade agreement (FTA) will remove the majority of existing tariffs that sum up to a total of approximately 1 billion EUR that European companies have to pay when doing business with Japan. Furthermore, both partners agreed to respect strict standards concerning labor, safety, environmental protection, consumers and also protection of personal data. Apart from that, the agreement includes chapters on sustainable development.

The European Commission expects that the value of EU exports could increase by up to 20 bn. EUR. The agreement is also important from another perspective. In the situation when global protectionist tendencies are rising, the FTA shows that international cooperation and opening of markets is the way forward. European business community welcomed the political agreement and called on the negotiating sides to finalize the pending issues as soon » read more «

Increased Energy Efficiency Target Will Cost Us Hundreds of Billions

Czech industry has serious concerns about the impact of the draft directives and regulations on market design and energy efficiency. CEBRE founders state in a joint declaration that the proposals bear risks for industry, energy availability, stability and security.

Increasing the energy savings target to 30% by 2030 may cost the Czech Republic hundreds of billions CZK. The common position was presented by Czech business representatives on September 8th at a meeting with the Czech eurodeputies, » read more «

EESC CORNER – Protection of Personal Data

Respect for communications is a fundamental right recognised in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Content of electronic communications may reveal highly sensitive information about the end-users involved in the communication. Similarly, metadata derived from electronic communications may also reveal very sensitive and personal information. Electronic communications networks have expanded considerably since Directives 95/46/EC and 2002/58/EC on the protection of privacy of natural and legal persons in the electronic communications sector. However, it is above all the appearance » read more «