9/12/2021: POW-BRIDGE: Final Steering Group Meeting

The POW-BRIDGE project had its final Steering Group Meeting, on 9 December 2021.  The project coordinators of all seven partner organizations came together to  discuss lessons learned, best practices and ideas for future collaboration.

In the POW-BRIDGE project coordinated by the European Centre, the partners delivered 8 case study reports, 8 policy briefs, 8 video podcasts, and one comparative working paper. At the same time, the partnership organized six events: one Kick-off meeting in Vienna, two Strategic Board Meetings online and organized by our partners in Belgrade and Warsaw, two Mutual Learning Labs online and organized by our partners in Koper and in Bratislava, and one Final Conference organised online by our partners in Venice. All partners expressed their willingness to continue their collaboration in the future.

POW-BRIDGE: Free videos with practical guides for posting companies

The POW-BRIDGE team produced video podcasts in the form of practical guides for posting companies in the eight project countries.

The POW-BRIDGE team produced video podcasts in the form of practical guides for posting companies in the eight project countries. You can access the videos in local language with English subtitles for free on VIMEO:

And also as a playlist on YouTube. Read more about the POW-BRIDGE project.

15/10/21: CfA EU-Balkan Youth Forum “What is Europe?”

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is proud to convene the EU-Balkan Youth Forum next 22-26 November in Rome, gathering students from all over Europe to discuss the common challenges of the future of Europe and full membership of Balkan countries.

15/10/21: CfA EU-Balkan Youth Forum “What is Europe?”

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is proud to convene the EU-Balkan Youth Forum next 22-26 November in Rome, gathering students from all over Europe to discuss the common challenges of the future of Europe and full membership of Balkan countries.
Organized with the lead of the Regional Cooperation Council (Sarajevo), together with the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (Tirana), the Centro Studi Politica Internazionale (Rome) and Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (Trento), the Forum will unite 78 students, 10 mentors and a number of policy makers from across Europe, in order to gather new inputs and ideas and chart a common path for further action. Read more

POW-BRIDGE MLL2: Solutions to main challenges of posting of workers rules

POW-BRIDGE Mutual Learning Lab 2 (MLL2): Solutions to main challenges in the implementation of posting of workers rules

The Second Mutual Learning Lab (MLL2) of the POW-BRIDGE project took place on 26 May 2021. The aim of MLL2 was to follow up on the results from the first Mutual Learning Lab (MLL1) and to identify and discuss solutions addressing main challenges in the implementation practice of the posting of workers rules in 8 project countries: Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Read more, more about POW-BRIDGE

Findings of the Con3Post project

The findings of the Con3Post project indicated that immigration of third country national (TCN) workers is driven largely by economic discrepancies and wage disparities between the third countries and EU countries.

Findings of the Con3Post project

The findings of the Con3Post project investigating mobility and posting flows between third countries, EU-sending and EU-receiving countries indicated that immigration of third country national (TCN) workers is driven largely by economic discrepancies and wage disparities between the third countries and EU countries, as well as political and economic instabilities in the third countries. We found that

  • some companies have become quite active in the wider European markets providing services through posting of TCNs, which has in many cases become a business model for profit maximisation;
  • the intersection of the migration and employment regimes may enhance the vulnerabilities of posted TCN workers, who tend not to defy or report their employers, on whom they depend not only for employment but also for the renewal of their work and residence permits in the sending country;
  • despite the mechanisms for control and enforcement of national/EU standards, the vulnerability of TCN posted workers persists due to the cloaking effect of the posting employment characterised by subcontracting, cross-border mobility and temporary service provision.

Read more about the project here

Report: Posting of Third Country Nationals – A comparative study

Report: Posting of Third Country Nationals – A comparative study by Cukut Krilić at al.

The study compares the findings from three Con3Post regional reports on mobility and posting flows between EU-sending, EU-receiving and third countries, namely Slovenia, Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina; Italy, Belgium, Tunisia and Morocco; and Poland, Finland, Estonia and Ukraine. The study explores the main characteristics of the trend of posting of third country nationals (TCN) to work in the EU construction sector. Read more

10/12/20: The Final Con3Post Conference

The final conference of the Con3Post project takes place via Zoom on 10 December 2020. The Con3Post Conference brings together researchers from five European countries.

10/12/20: The Final Con3Post Conference

The final conference of the Con3Post project took place via Zoom on 10 December 2020. The Con3Post Conference brings together researchers from five European countries (Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Finland and Poland) to present and discuss the findings of the empirical research on posting of third country nationals in the EU construction sector. Read more

New Project: Bridging the gap between legislation and practice in the posting of workers

The European Centre started the new POW-Bridge project on the gap between procedures and practices in posting of workers company regulation covering Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, and North Macedonia.

The new two-year project studies the gap between procedures (legal basis) and practices (experiences) in posting rule enactment, identifies challenges and develops and shares effective ways of addressing these challenges for posting companies and implementation agencies. The strategic objectives include: to promote and enhance effective and transparent application of EU rules on posting; to promote a more active participation of employers in the process of evidence-based policy-making; and to establish, consolidate and expand multi-stakeholder cross-border collaboration among EU Member States and candidate countries. The project funded by the EaSI Progress programme is going to develop research, cooperation and dissemination activities in eight countries: six EU Member States and two candidate countries.The European Centre iss Lead Partner and collaborating with six international partners for the implementation of this project. Read more here

Peer Review Slovenia Key Messages

The peer review focused on occupational safety and health of posted workers (OSH) in the European Union (EU). The presentations and discussions during the peer review focused on the legal framework at both the EU level and the national levels.

The peer review focused on occupational safety and health of posted workers (OSH) in the European Union (EU), an issue that only recently has received some attention. The presentations and discussions during the peer review focused on the legal framework at both the EU level and the national levels. OSH related vulnerabilities of posted workers were systematically analysed and explained, and employer’s role and responsibilities in relation to the OSH of posted workers discussed. As an illustrative example, a case of a work accident of a posted worker from Slovenia was presented. After the Slovenian case, the Italian and German cases were introduced. Discussions during the working groups additionally addressed legal and health care mechanism and practices in case of work-related accidents. Furthermore, ideas and suggestions on measures to prevent or reduce OSH-related vulnerabilities were exchanged. Read more about the project here.

14/11/19: The final EEPOW national event in Bitola, North Macedonia

The final EEPOW national event was held on 14 November 2019 in Bitola, North Macedonia. The event was organized as a panel discussion moderated by Aleksandra Iloska, PUBLIC, under the title Migration, Labour Mobility and Cross-Border Cooperation with inputs from our colleague Sonila Danaj,

The final EEPOW national event was held on 14 November 2019 in Bitola, North Macedonia. The event was organized as a panel discussion moderated by Aleksandra Iloska, PUBLIC, under the title Migration, Labour Mobility and Cross-Border Cooperation with inputs from our colleague Sonila Danaj, Sanja Cukut Krilić, ZRC SAZU, and Federica Misturelli, CIOFS FP Friuli Venezia Giulia. The panelists discussed the findings of the EEPOW project comparing the experiences of managing posting in EU Member States such as Austria, Slovenia and Italy with that of the candidate countries of the Western Balkans: Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The North Macedonian case was highlighted through the discussions with the audience. Read more about the project.