The EU plans to require truck drivers to reutnr to their home country every eight weeks, instead of the stricter rules proposed earlier, sources in Brussels told BNS.
The provision is included into a preliminary agreement reached on Thursday morning between the European Parliament and Finland, which represents the member states.
Lithuanian and other Central and European countries accuse western European countries of protectionism and say they want stricter rules to push other companies out of the market. Critics say, however, more stringent rules will allow avoiding misuse and improving the drivers’ working conditions.
European lawmakers had earlier proposed to require businesses to return drivers home at least every four weeks. The agreement on Thursday is not final and still needs the approval of member states.