Coordinated EU action is essential for transport sector - Linkaits

  • 2020-03-19
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The European transport sector needs a coordinated approach and regular exchange of information, said Latvian Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) during the informal EU transport ministers video conference.

He reminded that the sector is working in a state of emergency, a number of member states adopt deviations from the regulations on driving and rest times. Latvia's position is that these deviations should be adopted on the EU level, easing the work of truckers.

Linkaits also said that it is important to ensure cargo flow across borders that are closed for residents. It is important to ensure uninterrupted cargo flow of food and medical goods.

"Unfortunately, the situation on Poland's border is critical and requires urgent action," said Linkaits.

Transport ministers in the video conference underscored that the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic will significantly affect the whole transport sector, especially aviation. 

European Transport Commissioner Adina-Ioana Valean promised action to voice support to the member states, including exchange of information. The main issue is to ensure cargo transportation, she said.