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Hauliers set fire to truck to protest against Macron Package

Hauliers set fire to truck to protest against Macron Package

4 April 2019 | 14:00 | FOCUS News Agency
Plovdiv. Plovdiv hauliers have set fire to a heavy truck to protest against the adoption of the Mobility Package (dubbed Macron Package) at the European Parliament, Focus Radio reported. The truck was doused with gasoline and then set on fire. More than 200 employees of private transport companies from Plovdiv had gathered in protest. Angel Trakov, Chairman of the Board of the Union of International Hauliers, said the proposed provisions were highly restrictive to the periphery of the European Union (EU), the Bulgarian hauliers would do whatever it takes and would be looking for other forms of protest.
The burned truck had already been set for scrap, but the price of a new vehicle of this model is EUR 100,000. The Macron Package is opposed by large and small Bulgarian companies – with 2 or 100 trucks, most of them being in the business for about 10 years. According to most hauliers, with these measures the EU is trying to colonise the peripheral European countries, and these measures indirectly affect many other areas of economy.



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Hundreds of hauliers protest in Strasbourg against Mobility package

Hundreds of hauliers protest in Strasbourg against Mobility package

27 March 2019 | 13:12 | FOCUS News Agency
Strasbourg, Sofia. Hundreds of hauliers are protesting in Strasbourg against the Mobility Package, Focus’ correspondent has reported. The protest is taking place despite European Parliament President Antonio Tajani’s decision to pull the vote on the Mobility Package from the agenda. This is the second protest by Bulgarian hauliers against the proposed adverse regulatory changes. According to their figures, there are about 17,000 road haulier companies in Bulgaria with 66,000 trucks and 120,000 directly employed people.
The most numerous protesters in front of the EP are the hauliers from Bulgaria and Romania, supported by their colleagues from Lithuania and Slovenia. The protesters wear yellow vests and wave their national flags. Bulgarian MEPs attend the protest in a show of support.
In Sofia, the protesters against Mobility Package 1 gathered in front of the St. Alexander Nevski cathedral and marched to the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria. Taxi drivers and lorry importers joined the local protest of hauliers, who reject the requirement to return to the country every 4 weeks and the prohibition of sleeping in truck cabins. They want an exemption from the general rules for posted workers, saying that their work is different from the rest. They say the measures mostly affect the EU’s periphery and especially Bulgaria because of its geographic location.
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Mobility package sent to EP transport committee

Mobility package sent to EP transport committee

27 March 2019 | 08:50 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has sent the Mobility Package to the Committee on Transport after a request from MEPs, Focus News Agency reports. Thus, the package will not be voted on today. Nevertheless, Bulgarian hauliers will go to Strasbourg as planned, Union of International Hauliers Director Yordan Arabadzhiev said. He could not confirm if the planned protest in Sofia would still take place in the present situation. MEP Peter Kouroumbashev said there were three remaining weeks and Bulgarian hauliers should express their opinion in Strasbourg although the package had been withdrawn from the plenary hall.
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Bulgarian hauliers planning protests against Mobility Package in Strasbourg and Sofia on March 27

Bulgarian hauliers planning protests against Mobility Package in Strasbourg and Sofia on March 27

22 March 2019 | 15:38 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Chamber of the Bulgarian Road Hauliers is planning protests in Strasbourg and Sofia on March 27 if in the coming days the Mobility Package is scheduled for the European Parliament’s session that day, the chamber’s CEO, Dimitar Dimitrov, told Focus Radio. A charter flight has been organised for 105 people for the planned protest in Strasbourg. In Sofia, representatives of 12,000 Bulgarian transport companies are expected to protest in front of the European Commission Representation.
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MEP Peter Kouroumbashev: It is still unclear if mobility package 1 will be voted at next EP session in Strasbourg

MEP Peter Kouroumbashev: It is still unclear if mobility package 1 will be voted at next EP session in Strasbourg

15 March 2019 | 14:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. It is still uncertain if Mobility Package 1 will be voted at the next European Parliament session in Strasbourg, as the draft agenda still needs approval, MEP Peter Kouroumbashev, Socialists and Democrats, said in an interview with Darik Radio, quoted by his press office. Many times the Conference of Presidents has rejected proposed items on the agenda or has added new ones, the MEP explained. Nonetheless, so far this proposal has not been included in the draft agenda and has only been discussed in the Conference of Presidents, where it has been postponed, neither accepted nor rejected, Kouroumbashev said. The Conference of Presidents will meet on March 21. “It will be interesting to see if the main political parties will change or keep their views because with the positioning of the different political parties until now, this proposal has not received enough votes to enter plenary. It is very important that none of the major political parties shifts to our detriment,” Kouroumbashev added.
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