onsdag 08. november 2017 11:35

ITD brings a strong and mobile Europe into focus

With a conference 7th November 2017, ITD brought social rights and common European rules for posting workers into focus. This took place in cooperation with the Danish Liberal Political Party’s transport spokesman Kristian Pihl Lorentzen, the Polish Ambassador in Denmark, Henryka Mościcka-Dendys, and Head of Representation for the European Commisson’s Representation in Denmark, Stina Soewarta.

Denmark benefits from an efficient internal market with strong commercial relations and free movement of the labour force.

Transport companies cross borders on hourly and daily basis to deliver goods in Europe. Therefore, it is important with common European rules for the border crossing transport. On Tuesday at Christiansborg, the conference focused on this.

 

- Two third of Danish export goes to our EU neighbour countries and is therefore a strong internal market of great importance to Danish growth. We must protect that. At the same time, this implies that common controllable EU rules are decisive to secure fair and competitive conditions for the transport and logistics companies carrying goods across European borders, says Karen Roiy, Head of Public Affairs at ITD.

 

During the conference, focus was on the balance between staying competitive on the internal market and securing transparent social rights. Here the Polish Ambassador in Denmark, Henryka Mościcka-Dendys, and Head of Representation for European Commission’s Representation in Denmark, Stina Soewarta, explained that we must work for better and clearer legislation, but at the same time secure that social rules do not obstruct growth. Subsequently, there was focus on the transport and logistics industry as a case in a sector operating across the border in the internal market. Here, Karen Roiy introduced ITD’s perspective on how posting workers should be managed for the transport sector.

 

- There is need for better EU rules on the transport area. Transparent, simple rules to be controlled and enforced equally across the EU. At the same time, we must strengthen the control. It must be simple and clear for the companies and the control authorities to understand and enforce the rules. Unclear rules have till now implied more and more countries applying national special rules. With the conference, we have discussed solutions to European rules for posting workers, and therefore I hope that Danish and Polish politicians and organisations will jointly continue working on this track. We must succeed in finding consensus for posting workers in the road package, nobody is served with the alternative, says Karen Roiy.

 

Kristian Pihl Lorentzen, the Danish Liberal Political Party’s transport spokesman, opened the conference and the other speakers were Henryka Mościcka-Dendys, Poland’s Ambassador in Denmark, Stina Soewarta, Head of Representation for the European Commission’s Representation in Denmark, Flemming Smidt, Secretary of International Affairs in 3F, Piotr Szymański, European political responsible in the Polish sister organisation to ITD, ZMPD, Michael Svane, Industry Sector Director at DI Transport, and Joanna Jasiewicz from the organisation Transport and Logistics in Poland.

 

Photo: ITD

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