European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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Trade unions reject the proposed European services e-card


In an action within and outside the European Parliament on 21 June 2017, the day of a public hearing in the internal market committee, EFFAT joined the ETUC, the EFBWW and UNI-Europa to say no to the proposed services e-card.

Trade unions want to be heard as workers’ concerns have not been met by the proposal.

The proposal for an e-card is supposed to enable businesses that want to provide cross-border services to navigate through administrative formalities in one click or so.

But trade unions fear that in reality the services e-card will lead to:

  • A revival of the divisive debate on a country of origin principle that was dropped from the Services Directive more than a decade ago
  • Obstacles to legitimate controls in the host Member State
  •  Unhelpful interference with the current discussions on the revision of the posting of workers Directive
  • An increase in letterbox companies and bogus self-employment, as the proposed e-card would be valid for an unlimited period.


EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.