29-01-15

Germany seeks to defuse row with EU over minimum pay for foreign truckers

cep expert Sohn: Brussels will now have to check whether the German regulation is curtailing the freedom of services in the EU

Is Germany breaching EU law with its minimum wage regulation?

Germany faces growing anger of its eastern neighbours due to a new law that forces companies to pay foreign truck drivers the German minimum wage of 8.50 euros per hours when they drive through Germany. According to German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine, German transport minister Andrea Nahles will discuss the affair with her Polish counterpart Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz on Friday. The European Commission is currently also looking into the matter. “Brussels will now have to check whether the application of the German minimum wage in this case is curtailing the freedom of services in the EU,” cep expert Klaus Sohn explains.