The London-based International Transport Workers' Federation, which coordinated many of the protests, says drivers currently work 78-80 hours a week, and that long shifts have caused deaths and injuries.
"The European plan wants to take us a step backwards by allowing truck traffic on Sundays," said Hubert Orbin of the French trade union, Force Ouvriere.
In France, truckers caused traffic jams, setting up barricades on a major highway connecting France and Germany. The main north-south highway was also blocked. German and Polish drivers handed out leaflets at the German-Polish border. Italian drivers parked their trucks near border crossings in the north.