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Clecat calls for Mobility Package rethink

[ February 19, 2021   //   ]

Studies of the expected impacts of the European Commission’s Mobility Package I, adopted on 15 July 2020, confirm that they will have detrimental effects on the environment and functioning of the Single Market, says European forwarders’ association, Clecat. It says that the compulsory return of the vehicle to the Member State of establishment every eight weeks and the application of cabotage quotas on international combined transport operations will create more burden and business risks for freight forwarding companies and carriers while putting the objectives of the EU Green Deal at risk

Clecat director general Nicolette van der Jagt said that she was pleased that the Commission has called for an open dialogue with the co-legislators “and will look for a new way forward”.

The Commission’s analysis of the return obligation for vehicles shows that it could create additional journeys resulting in up to 4.6% more CO2 emissions in 2023.

Widespread use by Member States of the option to introduce cabotage quotas could lead to an additional 397,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Clecat is calling on the Commission to relaunch discussion of the package as soon as possible.

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