Article 17(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 requires the Commission to draw up a report on the state of the EU road haulage market by the end of 2013 in order to assess whether market conditions such as the effectiveness of controls and employment conditions in the profession, road user charges, social and safety legislation have converged to the point where further opening of national road transport markets could be envisaged.
In order to prepare the drafting of this report, the Commission has started its preparatory work on the situation of the EU road haulage market. In particular, it was assisted by a group of "wise men" [79 KB] which started its work in June 2011. This High Level Group of independent experts carried out a series of consultations and hearings with 126 stakeholders organisations. The results of the online consultation carried out by the High Level Group are presented on the webpage of the consultation.
The group of "wise men" concluded that a gradual opening up of cabotage markets could bring significant efficiency gains to the sector, whilst constituting an important step towards the creation of a Single European Transport Area. The High Level Group presented its recommendations [2 MB] to Mr Kallas on 19 June 2012. (Disclaimer: This report commits only the members of the high level group involved in its preparation and does not prejudge the final form of any decision to be taken by the European Commission)