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Driving social change for EU road transport

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28 November 2023. 9:00-10:00 CEST


Shortage of labour is one of the most vivid challenges in the road transport industry. Due to a post Pandemic demand surge and an ageing driver population, truck driver shortage is continuing to grow. Total shortage in Europe could top two million by 2026[1]


Taking action to drive social change for EU truck drivers is all the more necessary to attract new profiles (young people, women) to the driving profession. 


Since its adoption, the EU Mobility Package 1 introduced substantial changes, such as the new cabotage rules, to improve working conditions of truck drivers and ensure fairer competition of operators in Europe. It intended to better balance the objectives of safety, social fairness, sustainability and economy for the European road transport system.


As the operating climate remains challenging - with external shocks (war in Ukraine) and the rise of fuel prices -, there is an opportunity to continue enhancing the living and working conditions for truck drivers, as well as closing the labour shortage gap. Fostering social changes, alongside the need to lower emissions and make roads safer, appear to be at the heart of the future of road freight transport.


The next Policies and Practices session, which follows up on a previous session held in January 2020, will focus on:


  • Takeaways from the enforcement of EU Mobility Package 1 and assessment of the need for any further clarifications
  • Reality and perspectives of drivers working conditions, in particular in relation with cabotage, wages, driving and rest time
  • Digitalization and sustainability as critical levers to shift the mobility industry, as well as indirectly favouring driving recruitment and retention



To address these questions, we will welcome:



MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu (EPP, Romania)











Jean-Louis Colson, Head of Unit Road Transport, European Commission, DG MOVE


Jean-Louis Colson is Head of Unit at the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission, in charge of road transport since 1 January 2021. He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris. He joined the Commission in 1985 and was appointed Head of Unit in DG Competition in State aid control in 1997. He moved to DG Transport and Energy in 2008.





Isabelle Maitre, Head of the Permanent Delegation to the European Union, FNTR (French Road Haulage Association) speaking on behalf of the “Common Office” in Brussels of FNTR (France), BGL (Germany) and NLA (Nordics)


Isabelle Maître is the Permanent Delegate of the FNTR (National Federation of Road Transport) in Brussels since 1998. Other lobbying experiences in the transport sector: UPS Europe - European Delegation of the IRU (International Road Union) - Peugeot-Citroën Delegation in Brussels.


Master 2 in Diplomacy and International Relations (Paris XI University)







[1] https://www.iru.org/news-resources/newsroom/europe-driver-shortage-triple-2026-if-no-action-new-iru-report



Tuesday 28 November, 2023





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