Ministers held a policy debate on social aspects in road transport. They agreed on the need to tackle the continuing differences in national interpretations which might fragment the single market. They also underlined the need for correct implementation and adequate enforcement (such as increased road checks) before further progress on market liberalisation could be achieved. Ministers also highlighted the importance of closer cooperation to tackle fraud. Several member states asked the Commission to play a key role in putting in place this cooperation.
The aim of this debate was to offer member states the opportunity to set out their ideas and provide input for the Commission as it prepares new initiatives in 2016.
Under 'any other business', the Commission presented its new aviation strategy.
Over their working lunch, ministers addressed the issue of road safety. They discussed the need to ensure better protection of pedestrians and cyclists, and make more effort to reduce the number of persons seriously injured in road accidents.