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EBC Annual Congress 2013

How to combine internal market freedoms and an adequate level playing field?

On 27 and 28 June 2013 the European Builders Confederation celebrated its Annual Congress in Brussels. The core part of this year’s Annual Conference was a debate between MEP Danuta Jazlowiecka, construction social partners and the European Commission on how to ensure free movement of workers and services, while avoiding the risk of social dumping. 

EBC President José Antonio Calvo reminded attendees that common rules at European level are needed and must be complied with, in order to prevent undeclared work, bogus self-employment and social dumping.

Public authorities should provide enterprises with appropriate means to comply with their obligations. Indeed, SMEs do not have these means of control and cannot accept to be tasked with burdensome policing tasks. The speakers agreed that useful solutions are enforcement of cooperation between Member States and the role of social partners, hence avoiding new administrative burdens for SMEs.