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Brussels, 16 June 2010

Statement to the press: Parliament vote on working time for mobile road transport workers

Speaking this afternoon following the vote of the European Parliament on working time for mobile transport workers, European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said:

"The Commission takes note of the position taken by the Parliament today and will review possible options, including a withdrawal of the proposal. Since the Commission legislative proposal was preceded by a broad assessment of the situation, the Commission does not see the need to restart extensive studies on the issue. Instead, acting as guardian of the Treaties, it will do what is necessary to ensure compliance by the Member States with the current unchanged directive in force, which also covers self-employed drivers."

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