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The Enfoster project: a concrete experience of cooperation among stakeholders about transnational posting of workers within EU

The ENFOSTER project (ENFOrcement STakeholders coopERation) has been funded with the financial support of the European Union (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) within the “Progress Programme” (budget heading “Posting of Workers: enhancing administrative cooperation and access to information”.  

The project has been carried out in the period November 2013-January 2015.


The ENFOSTER Partnership

Coordinator: Istituto Guglielmo Tagliacarne (Foundation of the Italian Union of the Chambers of Commerce) - Italy

Arbeit und Leben e.V Berlin  – Germany

CISL Confederazione Italiana Sindacato Lavoratori- Italy

CSC Transport and Communication - Belgium 

EFBWW- European Federation of Building and Woodworkers

Iscos CISL– Italy

Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies (DG Inspection Activities and DG for Policies and Services for Employment and Training)

Romanian Labour Inspection (Inspecţia Muncii).


The aim of the project 

The aim of the “ENFOSTER project” has been to support the enforcement of Directive 96/71/EC and of Directive 2014/67/EU concerning the transnational posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services within the EU. An enforcement based on a stronger cooperation among stakeholders’ (social partners and control authorities). A stronger cooperation based on shared knowledge, competencies, practices and experiences to support a fair and responsible posting of workers within the EU.

A specific focus of the project has been on the posting of workers in the building sector and in the road transport sector.

The basic assumption behind the project is that the enforcement of the legislation on the transnational posting of workers is a process needing a ‘multi-stakeholder vision’ (actively involving workers’ organizations, employers’ associations, labour inspectorates, other control institutions) and a multi-disciplinary approach (the legislative, administrative, social-behavioural, ethical and regulatory dimension embedded in the enforcement process).

The main activities of the project  
  • An action-research on practices: a transnational action-research team  involving all project’s partners has collected and analyzed information and practices related to enforcement of EU legislation on posting workers. The results have been summed up in three reports: the “ENFOSTER Briefs” available in different languages.
  • The ‘Stakeholders Academy’ : two advanced learning sessions on the posting of workers involving social partners and control authorities (May-October 2014: 6 days in total, involving 35 stakeholders);
  • Five Seminars at national level (November 2014-January 2015) in the 4 involved countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania) to present and follow-up project’s results; 
  • One pilot short training for companies and Employers Associations (Rome, 12 December 2014) on basics and practices about posting of workers : EU and national legislation, practices in controls, practical cases of posting.
  • A Final Transnational Conference (Brussels, 16 January 2015): an event involving institutions and social partners at EU and national level to debate and to capitalize project’s results.
  • Online information on employment conditions: information sheets related to building sector and road transport sector in the four countries involved in the project (Belgium, Germany,  Italy, Romania) providing information on: rules applicable to posting, minimum wages, wage supplements, maximum working time and minimum rest, minimum paid annual holidays, compulsory documents in the transport sector, type of discipline for temporary jobs, useful national links and information points and contacts.


For more information about the ENFOSTER project:
Istituto Guglielmo Tagliacarne (
Contact person: Debora Giannini (telephone: + 39 06 78.05.21 ).




With the financial support of European Union
European Commission - DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

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ENFOSTER project “ENFOrcement STakeholders coopERation” Grant Agreement no. VS/2014/0009, with the financial support of the European Union: Contracting Authority European Commission – DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Progress Programme, Budget heading, Posting of workers: enhancing administrative cooperation and access to information.This web site has been supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013). This programme is implemented by the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment, social affairs and equal opportunities area, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 Strategy goals in these fields. The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27, EFTA-EEA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries. For more information see: