Posting of workers

Free movement of workers and free movement of services are among fundamental values of the EU. BusinessEurope fully supports these principles.

Posting of workers plays an important role in developing the single market in services. As well as facilitating cross-border activity, posted workers improve business efficiency and help deal with temporary gaps in labour and skills supply.

The appropriate EU legal framework on posting of workers is already in place. The posting of workers directive of 1996 ensures a level playing field between companies and a range of equal minimum standards for posted and host country workers. The directive does not need to be revised.

The enforcement directive adopted in spring 2014 will help address abuses of posting that sometimes happen on the ground. It will strengthen cooperation between national authorities, ensure more transparency, and improve cross-border enforcement of penalties.


Public letters Date
Exemption of international transport operations from posting rules - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Antonio Tajani ahead of the July European Parliament plenary vote on 'mobility package 1' 21/06/2018
Revision of the posting of workers directive - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to the deputy permanent representatives of the member states to the European Union 05/10/2017
Target revision of the posting of workers directive announced in the Commission 2016 work programme - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker 26/11/2015
Labour mobility package - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to EU Commissioner Marianne Thyssen 05/10/2015
Commission proposal for the posting of workers enforcement directive - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Algimanta Pabedinskiene ahead of the EPSCO Council meeting on 9-10 December 2013 04/12/2013
Commission's proposal for the Posting of Workers Enforcement Directive - BusinessEurope's letter to EP EMPL Committee 11/06/2013
European Parliament opinion on the proposal for a posting of workers enforcement directive - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to members of the EP IMCO Committee ahead of their vote 20/02/2013
Press releases Date
Posting of workers: A bad deal that will harm the functioning of the Single Market for services 01/03/2018
Posting of workers: a bad compromise driven by political symbolism 24/10/2017
Posting of workers: Don’t divide EU - fight illegal practices 20/07/2016
Yellow card: don't revise EU directive on posting of workers 11/05/2016
Posting of workers: New proposal won’t bring legal certainty 08/03/2016
Position papers Date
Revision of the posting of workers directive - BusinessEurope position 17/05/2016
Enforcement of the posting of workers directive - a BusinessEurope position paper 25/05/2012


Jessie Fernandes

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Last updated: 5 July 2016