Legislations at European level

In order to represent and safeguard the moving industry,  FEDEMAC follows closely the work of the European Commission and the European Parliament on policies that impact the moving industry.

The policies be it directives, regulations, resolutions, declarations are of considerable interest at regional, national and European level. 

 

Insuring higher standards of road safety across the EU is one of the priorities of the European Commission. An important element of that policy is the consistent enforcement of sanctions for road traffic offences committed in the Union which considerably jeopardise road safety.

Currently due to a lack of appropriate procedures, sanctions in the form of financial penalties for certain road traffic offences are often not enforced if those offences are committed with a vehicle, which is registered in a Member State where the offence took place.

The main objective of the Directive is to put an end to the anonymity of non-resident drivers and to make sure that their road traffic offences would not go unpunished. For this reason the Directive provided the Member States with the mutual access to each other’s vehicle registration data via an electronic data exchange network. This would allow them to identify drivers when they commit traffic offences abroad, thus ensuring equal treatment of non-resident and resident drivers.

 

The movement of household goods imported by natural persons transferring their normal place of residence from a third country to the EU are admitted free of import duties and value added tax by the criterion set out in Articles 3 to 11 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1186/2009.

Customs refers to customs clearance procedure under which goods are permitted to enter or leave a Customs territory, or Customs regime. 

Under the procedure Customs require submission of documentation, such as declarations covering the goods, together with payment of any applicable Customs duties and taxes.


The European Commission (EC) published its report on the “State of the Union Road haulage market”. This non-legislative report analyses the development of the road transport market, the evolution of cost structures, enforcement, the social dimension, and other regulatory developments.

The road haulage market in the EU is comprised of around 600,000 enterprises, employing around three million people. This number has been stable over recent years with 80% of companies counting less than 10 employees, whereas 99% have less than 50 employees.

Currently, cabotage accounts for around 2.5% of all transport volumes in the EU. Thereby, almost a quarter of all trucks on Europe's roads are empty. The Commission argues that opening national road transport markets to more competition would help reduce empty runs and increase efficiency in the sector.

The purpose of the own-initiative is to propose a framework for action towards competitive and resource-efficient urban mobility.

Mobility within cities is increasingly difficult and inefficient. Many European towns and cities suffer from chronic traffic congestion, which is estimated to cost EUR 80 billion annually and account for some 23%, of all CO2 emissions from transport. Cities need to make more efforts to turn past trends around and contribute to achieving the 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions called for by the Commission's White Paper on transport

A Eurobarometer survey (2013) on attitudes towards urban mobility shows that a strong majority of citizens considers congestion, the cost, and the negative environmental and human health impacts of urban mobility and transport patterns to be important problems.

Against this background, this Communication aims to reinforce the support to European cities for tackling urban mobility challenges to ensure a competitive and resource-efficient European transport system.

It is also crucial to overcome fragmented approaches and develop the single market for innovative urban mobility solutions by addressing issues like common standards and specifications or joint procurement.

The strategy sets out actions to be implemented on two levels. First at EU-level action to contribute to the joint effort, second an EU-wide action involving Member States.

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted the report by Georgi PIRINSKI (S&D, BG) on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing a European Platform to enhance cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading of the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission proposal as follows:

Establishment of the Platform: a European Platform to enhance the cooperation at Union level in tackling undeclared work should be established.

The term ‘tackling undeclared work’ shall mean the prevention, deterrence and combating of undeclared work as well as encouraging and promoting declared work.

On the 23rd October 2013, the European Commission published a new proposal on a new standard VAT return.

The current VAT system can be extremely burdensome on companies, especially small and medium enterprises. This initiative would slash red-tape for businesses, ease tax compliance and make tax administrations across the Union more efficient with the aim of possibly cutting down costs for EU businesses by up to €15 billion a year.

The new proposal foresees a uniform set of requirements for businesses when filing their VAT returns, regardless of the Member State in which they do it. As it currently stands, each Member State requires different information for the VAT forms, thus making it very complex, time consuming and cumbersome procedure for small and medium enterprises. Businesses operating in more than one Member State have also complained that it is difficult to remain VAT compliant, due to the intricacy of the process.

The European Commission proposes to have one unified and simplified VAT form with the same deadlines for all Member States, which would help improve VAT compliance and increase public revenues. The proposed declaration will only have 5 compulsory boxes for all taxpayers to fill, in addition to that Member States will be given a leeway to request a number of additional standardised elements, up to a maximum of 26 information boxes.