Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

European Platform tackling undeclared work

The European Platform tackling undeclared work enhances cooperation between EU countries. It brings together relevant authorities and actors involved in fighting undeclared work, to tackle this issue more effectively and efficiently, while fully respecting national competences and procedures.

The Platform

  • helps EU countries to better deal with undeclared work in its various forms
  • drives change at national level
  • promotes better working conditions and formal employment
  • aims to increase awareness of issues related to undeclared work

This EU-level forum allows different actors, including social partners and enforcement authorities, such as labour inspectorates, tax and social security authorities, to

  • exchange information and good practices
  • learn from each other and together
  • develop knowledge and evidence
  • engage in closer cross-border cooperation and joint activities

The Platform’s 2-year work programme for 2019-2020 includes activities enabling Platform members to deal with undeclared work through a holistic approach. The new work programme deepens important aspects of the previous programme, building on work to tackle bogus self-employment and fraudulent letterbox companies. Four sectors that are heavily affected by undeclared work have been identified for specific action: agriculture; aviation; tourism; and the hotel, restaurant and catering sector.

Funding for the activities of the European Platform is provided by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) 2014-2020.

The Platform is based on the Decision of the European Parliament and the Council from 9 March 2016.


The Platform is composed of

  • Members: representatives of the Member States, for example from federal ministries, labour and social inspectorates, tax and customs authorities or social insurance agencies, of EU level cross-industry social partners and of the Commission.
  • Observers: representatives of social partners representing the sectors most affected by undeclared work, Norway and Iceland as members of the European Economic Area and organisations like Eurofound, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).


The Platform offers different resources to help build know-how and showcase transferable practices to tackle undeclared work. Explore materials from events and thematic work and visit the virtual library using the buttons below.


Strategic priorities

Work programme and governance

#EU4FairWork campaign

Virtual library

Undeclared work in European countries

Information and tools for working declared




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