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Truck drivers become key EU election issue in Bulgaria
The European Commission wants to put restrictions on cargo transport to ensure adequate rest for truck drivers and limit driving distances. Bulgaria, where the transport sector accounts for 15% of GDP and employs some 200,000 people, fears it will erode its workforce's low-cost advantage. It says it could cost jobs and force Bulgarian truckers to move to Western Europe, worsening a wealth gap within the EU
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The new rules concern truck drivers' postings, driving and rest times, and access to the market. Especially worrying for Bulgarian truckers is the requirement that they spend their rest time in a hotel rather than in bunks in their trucks. The rules would also force drivers to return home every three or four weeks with an empty truck.

[EP candidate Angel] Dzhambazki said that the European proposal, called the Mobility Package, would cause thousands of Bulgarians to emigrate to wealthier European countries to be closer to the markets they work with. He sees the proposal as an effort by countries like France and Germany to protect their own businesses from the competition of lower-wage countries like Bulgaria.
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"Like the Germans or Italians who come to Bulgaria and feel comfortable here, we also need to feel comfortable when we go there because we are a big family," [Eurospeed transport owner, Dimitar Rashkov] says. "That is what the European Union stands for."



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by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 06:49:14 PM EST
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Fact-check: Is equal EU minimum wage possible, as Bulgarian socialists claim?
Earlier in May, European Commission First Vice-president and lead candidate of the Party of European Socialists (PES) for the new Commission president, Frans Timmermans, called on the EU countries to introduce a European minimum wage standard.
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The European debate is about introducing a common standard for the minimum wage, which is 60% of the average wage in the country. ... Timmermans is, in fact, putting pressure on the six EU members without an official minimum, namely Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden. Opponents of the minimum wage see the policy as dragging down competitiveness and sovereignty [!], as well as levelling down salaries [!] - some sort of a race to the bottom.
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Predictably, the highest minimum wages are in Luxembourg - just over €2,000. In the richest EU countries, the minimum wage varies from €1,100 to €1,680. Citizens of these countries would not support the introduction of an equal minimum wage standard[?], if such an idea was ever to be discussed at EU level. That would bring them closer [?] to the poorer countries, where the normal salary is two times lower than their minimum wage.

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The same economic logic applies to pensions.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 04:26:39 PM EST
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"Bulgaria... It says it could cost jobs..." thank you AP, that will do.

It appears that Bulgaria is called Angel Dzhambazki. His political party is not specified in the article. The Bulgarian National Movement, as its name indicates, is a right wing party. One suspects that Angel's worry is more for the Bulgarian trucking companies than the drivers (his claim that the drivers would move to western Europe is interesting, because they would earn much higher wages there...)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 10:32:19 AM EST
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