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.