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Concerns on services e-card raised in joint statement

Insurance Europe has signed a joint statement raising fundamental concerns about the European Commission’s proposal for a services e-card that aims to help service providers work across borders.

In it, two of the sectors that the proposal is intended to help — construction and cleaning — raise serious concerns about the proposal, including:

  • That it might facilitating bogus self-employment, undeclared work and fake posting.
  • That it might jeopardise and hinder legitimate national control measures in the host member states, which are essential for these sectors, where genuine companies and workers’ rights are regularly confronted with and threatened by fraudulent practices and social fraud.

The statement also outlines insurers’ concerns that the insurance provisions of the Commission’s proposal would neither help service providers who wish to work cross-border, nor the host Member States that would need to implement the rules. The provisions would also be very difficult and costly to comply with.

All signatories therefore fundamentally question the added-value of the Commission’s proposal.

Other signatories of the statement are the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC), the European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI), Uni Europa, the Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe (AMICE) and the European Federation of Insurance Intermediaries (BIPAR).

Published 11 May 2017
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