Enhancing the collection and analysis of national data on intra-EU posting

Posting.Stat

BACKGROUND

Posting.Stat brings together a consortium of universities and research centres from 10 different Member States, supported by several European social partner organisations. The geographical scope of the project covers the six main ‘sending’ Member States (Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and Luxembourg) and the six main ‘receiving’ Member States (Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) of posted workers. Extracting administrative micro-data from the competent public authorities, complemented by desk research as well as by expert interviews in each country, should result in more accurate figures on the scale, characteristics and impact of intra-EU posting, both in the main receiving and sending Member States.

AIMS

The aim of the project is to provide more accurate data on the scale, characteristics and impact of intra-EU posting. In addition, we pay additional attention to some ‘forgotten sectors’ in the posting debate (e.g., the live performance sector, the health and social care sector, the research and technology sector) as well to the subsectors of some labour-intensive sectors of activity (e.g., construction, the machine building industry, processing and preserving of meat). A second objective of the research proposal is to gain a better insight into the scale and profile of fraudulent posting. Finally, the research project aims to focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well to make a first assessment of the implementation and correct application of Directive (EU) 2018/957 amending Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the transnational provision of services. 

METHODS

The consortium aims to promote the evidence basis through the collection and analysis of national micro-data. The national administrative micro-data extracted from the competent public authorities will also be complemented by desk research and national expert interviews. The quantitative and qualitative output will be included in 10 country reports. Based on the in-depth national contributions prepared by 10 national experts, a synthesis report will be produced. The results will be disseminated through targeted publication strategies (country reports; infografics; synthesis; book; academic journal manuscripts).

ACTIVITIES/MILESTONES

The country reports and the synthesis will lead to:
• the collection, use and analysis of national administrative data on intra-EU posting;
• a comprehensive and detailed view on the scale, characteristics and impact of intra-EU posting in the main sending and receiving Member States, with a particular attention to some ‘forgotten sectors’ as well to the subsectors of some labour-intensive sectors of activity;
• a comprehensive view on the scale and characteristics of the fraudulent use of intra-EU posting in the main sending and receiving Member States;
• a first assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on intra-EU posting, both during and after this crisis;
• a first assessment of the implementation and correct application of Directive (EU) 2018/957 amending Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the transnational provision of services.

The dissemination and communication strategy of the results will:
• increase knowledge on intra-EU posting;
• support the European Commission and the Member States to understand existing and new challenges;
• support ELA with it task to carry out analyses regarding labour mobility and social security coordination.

FUNDED BY

EaSI Programme, DG Employment, European Commission

PROJECT DURATION

2021/02 – 2022/07