New digital tools for enforcing mobile workers’ rights

6 May 2021

Ahead of the Social Summit (7-8 May), the ETF jointly with ETUC, EFFAT, EFBWW, EPSU, UNIEuropa and industriAll calls on the European Commission to not only confirm the launch of the European Social Security Pass (ESSP) but to move it forward from 2023 to 2022.

To protect the rights of mobile workers and to tackle cross-border social fraud by companies, we urgently call for new cross-border digital tools and enhanced coordination through national and European digital instruments. Cross-border enforcement is key – and it must go digital now!

In our letter and joint paper, we detail a call for action and concrete proposals to introduce new digital tools for enforcing mobile workers’ rights in the Internal Market.

One of our key demands is that the ESSP should include a European Social Security Number (ESSN) for all workers in the EU to improve the portability of social security benefits and rights and the cross-border verification of social security coverage.

The letter has been sent to the European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, to the European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, to the Portuguese Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, and to the members of the EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

We are counting on them to heed our call and enforce mobile workers’ rights through digital tools!

Read the full letter and the joint call for action.