The White Paper on Transport presented by the Commission on 28 March 2011 called for additional actions to further integrate the internal road freight transport market. The Commission’s objective is to create an economically efficient, environmentally sustainable and socially equitable internal market that ensures fair competition between transport operators, delivers high quality services to shippers, provides quality jobs for transport workers and minimises the road haulage sector's environmental and climate footprint.
Under Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 the Commission is bound to draw up a report on the state of the European Union's road transport market by the end of 2013 assessing whether harmonisation of the rules applicable to the road transport market has progressed to such an extent that the further opening of domestic road transport markets, including cabotage, could be envisaged.
As a consequence of the Commission’s reporting obligation, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for transport, set up in June 2011 a High Level Group composed of independent scientific experts to assess the state of the EU road haulage market and make published recommendations about what course of actions should be pursued to further integrate the market. The Group handed over its recommendations [489 KB] to Vice-President Kallas on 19 June 2012.
The aim of this consultation exercise was to collect the views of the stakeholders as part of the High Level Group's enquiries. The Commission will take into consideration both the recommendations of the High Level Group and the feedback received from stakeholders in this initial consultation exercise when deciding how to proceed with the revision of EU legislation.
88 replies were received. Of these, 67 agreed that their replies be published by the Commission. These replies are organised by category.