EU set to fight France over minimum wage for truckers

16th June 2016, Comments 0 comments

The European Commission is expected to launch legal action against France later Thursday over its application of the national minimum wage to foreign truck drivers, a top EU official said.

Brussels will send a formal letter launching the procedure "in a few hours", said Elzbieta Bienkowska, the EU's internal market chief.

"From the single market perspective it raises quite a lot of concerns," she told reporters in Lithuania, which is among Eastern European nations opposing the French law.

The EU's executive arm has already launched a similar legal challenge against Germany for requiring foreign firms to pay the local minimum wage.

The EU's powerful regulator objects to the application of a national minimum wage to lorry drivers passing through the country even just for a few hours and the substantial paperwork associated with that.

© 2016 AFP

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