Estonia turning to court over European Union mobility package

Lorry on the road.
Lorry on the road. Source: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication.

Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) said Estonia definitely intends to turn to court regarding the European Union mobility package.

"We are currently clarifying with like-minded member states as to who is filing an action themselves and who intends to join another country's action," Aas told BNS.

The minister added that the deadline for bringing an action before the Court of Justice of the European Union is October 24 this year and the deadline for joining another member state's action is six weeks after the action has been filed.

According to Aas, the final decision on how Estonia intends to take legal action -- whether by filing an action itself or joining the action of another member state -- will be made by the government.

The countries against the EU road package or the so-called mobility package approved by the European Parliament in July include the Baltic states, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Romania, which believe that it violates the EU's single internal market and harms the competitiveness of the haulers of peripheral areas.

The most contentious provision is one that requires trucks to return to their country of registration every eight weeks. The driver must return every four weeks.

After approval of the package in the Commission, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said that Lithuania would use all legal means to protect the interests of its transport companies. This Wednesday, the Lithuanian government adopted a decision to challenge the package in the EU Court of Justice.


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