EC takes legal action against FRANCE AND GERMANY ON minimum wage legislation
On 16 June 2016, the European Commission decided to take legal action against France and Germany owing to the consequences of the application of their respective minimum wage legislation to the road transport sector.
While fully supporting the principle of a minimum wage, the Commission considers that the systematic application of the minimum wage legislation by France and Germany to all transport operations touching their respective territories restricts in a disproportionate manner the freedom to provide services and the free movement of goods.
Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General of CLECAT welcomed the Commission’s decision as the French decree is too complex and burdensome for companies and would disrupt the internal market. She said: ‘We are pleased with the Commission’s decision. The application of this new employment rule needs to be reconsidered because, as stated by the Commission, it would restrict in a disproportionate manner the freedom to provide services and move goods in the EU.‘