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EFBWW and FIEC present their views against social fraud to Commissioner Thyssen
meeting with Commissioner Thyssen

The European sectoral Social Partners of the construction industry met Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, responsible for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, in order to present some joint proposals against social fraud, in particular in the cross-border provision of services.
«The financial and economic crisis significantly increased the competitive pressure on companies and thereby focussing the competition on the lowest price » rather than on innovation, expertise and quality criteria. This situation, combined with imperfections and uncertainties in the legal framework has led to an increase in unfair forms of competition and social fraud, to the detriment of workers and companies in our sector » declared Maxime Verhagen, Vice-President of FIEC.
« In the long term, this is a lose-lose model : companies are no longer able to compete with each other on equal terms, workers’ rights are trampled, consumers get lower quality works and governments lose billions of euro annually in revenue, amongst others through un-paid social security contributions and taxation » added Pierre Cuppens, vice-Chair of the EFBBW Building Committee.

FIEC and EFBWW presented to Commissioner Thyssen some practical proposals and requests such as, for example :
* Ensuring a correct implementation and application of the « Enforcement » Directive (2014/67/EC), with the direct involvement of the national social partners
* Improving the reliability of the A1 forms
* Improving the collection of social security contributions in case of temporary cross-border provision of services
* Creating a single European business register number.
* Providing legal clarity as regards the position of temporary agency workers in the framework of « posting ».

« We urgently need to achieve a level playing field in our sector and we wanted to avoid political statements and to put on the table some pragmatic proposals » said Maxime Verhagen.
« We are aware that some of these proposals are controversial and politically sensitive but we have to put an end to social fraud, abuses and destruction of jobs » added Pierre Cuppens.

FIEC and EFBWW stated their willingness to collaborate with the European Commission for the implementation of these requests and proposals, in order to ensure a long term sustainable development of growth and employment in the construction industry.