Barriers to high-skilled labour mobility

European manufacturers are supposed to do business freely within the European Union’s single market, but in reality, companies face considerable restraints when sending employees abroad.

Despite the existence of a single EU Posted Workers Directive, a patchwork of national reporting and registration obligations still hinders cross border trade. This poses a burden especially for small- and medium-sized companies with limited resources.

In the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive, the European Union mainly focused on the prevention of social dumping. But companies now call for a truly European solution for the posting of workers concerning the enforcement of the Directive. For their business, barriers to high-skilled labour mobility poses a threat not only with respect to services, but also regarding the trade of goods in the single market.

EURACTIV organised a workshop to discuss existing barriers to the mobility of high-skilled labour in the European Union – and how to remove them.

Questions included:
– What are the effects for companies dealing with multiple national reporting schemes?
– How can the EU prevent social dumping without hindering free movement of high-skilled workers?
– What are the Commission’s plans to facilitate the posting of workers in the future?
– What are possible steps to reduce bureaucracy for the posting of workers?
– What are examples of best practice regarding notification systems in Member States?

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