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On Monday December 9, European labour ministers agreed to combat abuse of the directive on posted workers.

“It was not a foregone conclusion given the apparent depth of differences [over the issue] within the European Union,” notes La Tribune, which explains that member states were divided into two camps: Great Britain and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe on the one hand, and France and Germany which were finally joined by Poland on the other. At the same time, it appears that seven countries voted against the compromise agreement whose details have yet to disclosed.

The business daily explains the spirit of the new amendments —

Countries will be free to define the list of documents required from foreign companies that wish to post workers on their territory, and ordering parties and subcontractors will have joint and several liability in the event of fraud.