Coordination of social security systems: NO to exemptions to prior notification for posting in construction
As the interinstitutional negotiations on the coordination of social security systems resume under the Portuguese Presidency, FIEC stressed in a press release published on 1st March that it is opposed to any form of temporary exemption to the prior notification of the A1 form for the construction industry.
Moreover, FIEC advocated that the existing exemption to the prior notification for “business trips” must not cover the provision of construction services, as indicated in the Annex of the Posting of Workers Directive (Directive 96/71/EC, amended by Directive (EU) 2018/957).
Indeed, FIEC considers that such exemptions would open Pandora’s box in terms of fraud, with regard to the posting of workers.
On the other hand, FIEC considers that, instead of considering short-time exemptions for “administrative simplification” purposes, Member States should further develop simple digital tools and procedures for notifying posting. Full digitalisation would render the current discussions around exemptions to prior notification obsolete.