Posting of workers in Eastern Europe

EEPOW

The two-year project aims to proactively address the issue of posting of workers at its pre-accession stage by assisting Eastern European countries, especially the four candidate countries Albania, FYROM, Montenegro, and Serbia, in implementing the Directive already before it gets into force, and by assisting in the prevention of social dumping, i.e. the use of cheap labour, to minimise associated risks for workers. It aims to do so through research, peer reviews and workshops involving stakeholders from the candidate countries and 4 EU member states, namely Austria, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia.

Bridging Function of the European Centre

Project Information

Project Duration
2018/01 - 2019/12
Project Coordinator(s)
European Centre
Territory
Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Other: Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia
Policy Areas
Employment and labour market policy, Migration and integration, Social inclusion, Governance structures and systems
Target groups

Public authorities, social partners, researchers, posted workers & employers

Project Partner(s)

Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Slovenia)
Italian Center of Salesian women’s works – Vocational Training Association (Italy)
Center for Social Research Halle (Germany)
Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia (Serbia)
Employment Agency of Montenegro (Montenegro)
European Movement in Albania (Albania)
PUBLIC (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

ASSOCIATED PARTNERS
The Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (Austria)
The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Integration Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)
The Macedonian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (FYROM)

Objectives

The EEPOW Project aims to proactively address the issue of posting of workers at its pre-accession stage by assisting Eastern European countries, especially the four candidate countries Albania, FYROM, Montenegro, and Serbia, in implementing the Directive already before it gets into force, and by assisting in the prevention of social dumping, i.e. the use of cheap labour, to minimise associated risks for workers.

The way we do that is

  • by assessing the institutional needs of the candidate countries to prepare for the directive and prevent social dumping;
  • by implementing mutual-learning activities (peer reviews) in the EU-MS together with the candidate countries to enable for learning from best practices; and
  • by working in partnership with policy-makers, civil servants, state agencies, and the social partners.

The project contributes to European Cohesion and Solidarity within the EU and between the EU and the candidate countries in the Western Balkans, helps to further consolidate national strategies, and reinforces transnational coordination between relevant stakeholders of the broader EU region. The specific objectives include improving transnational multi-stakeholder cooperation, increasing access to information, strengthening the evidence base through empirical research, and building institutional capacities.

Activities

  • Kick-off meeting
  • Research case studies: Albania, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia
  • One needs assessment
  • Country workshops in Albania, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia
  • Peer reviews in Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia
  • Two national conferences and one final international conference
  • Four policy briefs
  • One comparative working paper
  • Informative booklet

Methods

The project achieves its objectives through the implementation of actions such as research and assessment of the institutional capacities of candidate countries to implement the Directive on the Posting of Workers, cooperation among participating countries’ stakeholders through country workshops and peer reviews, as well as information sharing through events and publications.