The European Centre starts a Jour Fixe seminar series, in which our researchers will present research findings, (draft) reports or papers (also project proposals, theoretical concepts or methods) to colleagues for feedback and discussion in an open space for mutual exchange in a friendly environment. The convenors of the Jour Fixe are Sonila Danaj, Michael Fuchs, and Kai Leichsenring. The Jour Fixe takes place once per month (every second Tuesday in the month) with a pre-announced agenda (duration: 90 min max, e.g. 12.00-13.30).
In the first session of the Jour Fixe that took place on 14 January 2020, our colleague Sonila Danaj discussed findings of the Posting of Workers in Eastern Europe (EEPOW) project. The presentation focused on the transposition of the Posting of Workers Directive (which regulates the free movement of services of transnational operations by ‘posting’ their workers across the EU) in the four candidate countries of the Western Balkans. The analysis draws from research conducted in Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, and a needs assessment of their capacities to implement this Directive in terms of six interdependent institutional domains: legal framework, institutional arrangement, inter-agency cooperation, human resources, stakeholder engagement, and public governance. The findings indicate that the transposition and the implementation of the Posting of Workers Directive reveal the contradictions in the EU integration process, where potential members are asked to adopt the EU legal and institutional framework prior to membership, while they cannot implement such a framework fully until they join the EU. This creates circumstances of vulnerability and risk of exploitation for posted workers.