Schulz writes to Barroso over gigaliners issue
By Isabelle Smets | Thursday 12 July 2012
European Parliament President Martin Schulz has written to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to ask him to postpone the possibility for giant trucks known as gigaliners to make cross-border trips. Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas expressly authorised such cross-border traffic, on 13 June, in a letter sent to member states that reinterprets Directive 96/53/EC on the weight and size of vehicles authorised to circulate in the EU. Members of the EP’s Committee on Transport (TRAN) are furious over being deprived of their right of co-decision, especially because a formal revision of the directive is planned by the Commission, which would entail a comprehensive debate on the subject.
“Irrespective of the advantages or disadvantages of allowing such traffic, the procedural choice to ‘reinterpret’ existing legislation would deprive Parliament of its right to co-legislate on proposed changes to directives. […] I would therefore formally request that you postpone any new interpretation of the text in view of the proposal to revise the directive, which is expected by the end of this year. Such a postponement would both respect the legislators’ prerogatives and provide greater legal certainty for operators,” writes Schulz in the letter, sent to Barroso on 10 July and seen by
The letter mentions the response by Kallas to a question from the EP, on 16 March 2010, about cross-border traffic by gigaliners, in which he states his intention to open infringement proceedings against states that fail to intervene to prevent this type of traffic.