Trucks on a motorway
2 February 2017

Nine European countries launch a “Road Transport Alliance” in Paris to combat unfair competition

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden got together in Paris on 31 January to launch an “Alliance du Routier” (Road Transport Alliance). Its aim is to combat unfair competition in road freight transport, starting with social dumping.
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Road freight transport in Europe is currently facing unfair competition largely based on social dumping. In particular, the sector is the victim of sophisticated fraud and flouting of domestic market rules and the provisions of labour law.
Nine countries have launched the collective initiative in the hope of making faster headway in ensuring that road freight transport is carried out in healthy, fair competition between economic actors, and of guaranteeing workers’ social rights. It follows on from action already taken by several European countries over recent months with a view to promoting this goal in European bodies.
By launching the “Road Transport Alliance”, the nine countries concerned have today signed an 8-measure action plan with two key objectives:
  • Converging various national measures for application of European regulations in order to facilitate their application by operators and improve workers’ lives.
  • Improving monitoring practices on the basis of mutual experience and stepping up cooperation in order to combat fraud more effectively.
Alain Vidalies
"With the Road Transport Alliance, we have joined forces today to commit ourselves to an initiative that seeks to be collective, open and positive. We all view Europe’s road transport sector with the same ambition in mind: to improve workers’ conditions and simplify companies’ work in a truly fair market. I am certain that any response to social dumping in the road transport sector must first of all come from Europe. Nothing could be worse than our retreating behind our borders in answer to the fears and exasperation expressed by our citizens, companies and workers".
Alain Vidalies
Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries - 31 January 2017