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European Economic, Employment and Social Policy

Letter-box companies and abuse of the posting rules: how the primacy of economic freedoms and weak enforcement give rise to social dumping

Jan Cremers (University of Amsterdam)

Publication date : 2014

Number of pages : 5

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Jan Cremers (University of Amsterdam)

This policy brief demonstrates how the emphasis on the primacy of economic freedoms has negatively affected the application of EU social security rules and the working conditions of posted workers. It also discusses the legal ambiguities accompanying the notion of 'genuine undertakings' and some recent cases of abuse of the freedom of establishment through the spread of letter-box companies. Finally it formulates policy recommendations for clear, transparent regulation, tighter controls and closer cooperation between national law-enforcing authorities.

Collection: 5/2014
ETUI, Brussels, ISSN 2031-8782 (pdf)