Posted Workers: Commission reports on improved enforcement

The European Commission has today adopted a report on the application and implementation of the Enforcement Directive on Posting of Workers in the EU Member States.This Directive entered into force in 2014 and provides key tools to fight circumvention and abuse of EU rules on posting of workers. The report shows that by now, all Member States have transposed the Enforcement Directive into national law, leading to improved enforcement of the rules on posting of workers across the EU. “Enforcing rules on posting is essential to protect workers and for the smooth functioning of the single market. It’s very good news to see that all Member States now apply the rules and increasingly make use of the tools in place to improve cooperation across borders.”, said Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen. Based on the evaluation exercise, the Commission report concludes that it is not necessary to propose amendments to the Directive at this stage. Nonetheless, the implementation by Member States can be improved in some areas, such as decreasing the administrative burden. The Commission will continue working with the Member States to ensure that the Directive is completely and correctly transposed and applied across Europe. The European Labour Authority, which is expected to launch operations in October, will play a key role in fighting abuse in this field and will provide support to all actors involved. In addition, the Commission has also published today a guidance document helping workers, employers and national authorities in understanding the rules on posting of workers, as set out by the Posting of Workers Directive, the Enforcement Directive on Posting of Workers and Directive (EU) 2018/957 amending the Posting of Workers Directive. This understanding is essential to ensure that workers are aware of their rights and that the rules are correctly and consistently applied throughout the EU by national authorities and employers.