Owners of transportation companies are eagerly awaiting the result of negotiations about a revision of the European directive on sending workers abroad, which the western part of the EU understood as protection of their internal markets. The Czech Republic has the last chance influencing the decision whether the new rules will also apply to the transportation sector. If the transportation sector remains in the directive, then the red tape and wage conditions will ruin Czech hauliers.
The government supported the amendment to act No. 416/2019 coll. on the acceleration of the construction of transport, water and energy infrastructure, initiated by the transport minister and MP Dan Ťok. By accepting the compromise proposal by the MP, on which there is consensus across the political parties, the 13-year cycle, which each infrastructure construction project today goes through, will be shortened.
By 2021 several hundreds of new standard recharging stations for electric vehicles will be available to drivers in the Czech Republic. Their construction will be supported by the Ministry of Transport from European funds. Up to CZK 100 million for the support of the alternative fuel infrastructure can arrive from the Operational Programme Transport.
The requirements EU directive on rules for driving licences of category C/C1 and D/D1 are already met in the applicable amendment to the road traffic law, effective from July, 1, 2018. This way, the Ministry of Transport responded to the objections of the European Commission which the EU Court of Justice also confirmed today.
The European Commission has paid a total of CZK 150 billion to the Czech Republic for new motorways, roads and railway repairs from the Operational Programme Transport I. This programme is now therefore completely closed and the transportation sector managed to successfully draw down the funds without any loss. Another CZK 19 billion is being distributed to construction sites from the follow-up Operational Programme Transport II.
The government of Andrej Babiš declared in its programme statement that senior citizens over 65, pupils and students under 26 will travel free of charge in trains. The continuation of the D49 motorway has been added to selected priority transport projects.