Posting of third country nationals

Con3Post - Mapping the trend in the construction sector

The Con3Post project is set up to explore the growing phenomenon of recruitment and posting of third country nationals (TCN), most notably from the Western Balkans, non-EU Eastern Europe and North African regions, to work as posted workers in the EU construction sector. Experts and key stakeholders from seven carefully selected EU Member States that represent a mix of TCN sending (Slovenia, Poland, Italy) and receiving countries (Austria, Finland, Belgium, Estonia) are brought together to establish transnational cooperation, share information and conduct empirical research to outline current challenges, future scenarios and possible strategic responses to the far-reaching yet largely unexplored consequences/implications of this persistent trend.

Bridging Function of the European Centre

Project Information

Project Duration
2019/01 - 2020/12
Project Coordinator(s)
European Centre
Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Ukraine, Other: Austria, Belgium, Estonia, EU, Finnland, Italy, Poland, Slovenia,
Policy Areas
Employment and labour market policy, Social protection and social security, Migration and integration, Welfare state


The specific objectives are fully aligned with the EaSI- Progress strategic objectives and types of action stipulated in the Call, and are as follows:

1) To establish and promote transnational cooperation between key stakeholders in the EU-sending, EUreceiving and third countries through the lens of regional posting flows

2) To produce new information and increase access to information through organisation of transnational events, publications, and by providing information to be uploaded on the existing websites and relevant online platforms

3) To strengthen the evidence base by collecting and analysing primary data.

The project joins some of the leading scholars in the field of posting and EU labour market dynamics who will closely collaborate with regional/national stakeholders to map and explore the main flows of recruitment and posting of TCNs and outline the current and future implications of this persistent trend in the construction sector.


  • Four project meetings
  • One informative project brochure
  • Nine transnational joint visits (with focus group and foresight discussions)
  • Three research seminars
  • Three regional case studies
  • Three regional policy briefs with multi-stakeholder recommendations
  • Final comparative study with recommendations for national and EU-level competent authorities
  • Final transnational conference


Using the action research methodology and utilizing the methods of focus group and foresight, Con3Post will collect relevant data to inform key stakeholders and policymakers about the current and future trends and provide guidelines for strategic decision-making and planning on the sectoral, national/regional and EU level. The following five topics will be systematically explored through the prism of the current and future EU labour market and mobility dynamics: 1) labour rights and representation 2) social welfare and occupational safety and health 3) managing transnational workplaces and depicting other future workforce-related challenges of the EU construction sector; 4) monitoring violations and disputes (including undeclared work) relating to TCN.