This handbook is a tool designed to help trade
union officers to provide advice to professional and managerial
staff intending to work in another Member State, or moving back
home. As this experience is becoming more common in the Europe of
today, the need for good advice will become more urgent. EUROCADRES,
as an associate member of the ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation),
represents more than 5 million professional and managerial staff
(P&MS) throughout Europe, and is ideally placed to offer this
support. Its website is at http://www.eurocadres.org.
As part of the project which created this text,
a network of trade union mobility advisors was also created, which
covers every Member State, and is called mobil-net. You will find
the list of these advisors here.
If you are a trade union official or member needing to access advice
on working elsewhere in the European Union, please contact the person
listed in the country where you are living at present. They will
be pleased to help you. Some of the website is open to everyone,
but some is accessed only through the these advisors, who can reach
some very detailed information in the country or countries you would
like or work in.
The right to free movement of working people is
enshrined in the treaties the European Union, and for professional
and managerial staff, working abroad can be a good experience, adding
interest and stimulation to the job, whilst allowing them to develop
their skills and enhance their position in the job market. However,
periods of working abroad may also have a detrimental effect on
both career and working conditions, and cause stress and conflict
within the family. It can also cause long-term difficulties with
pensions and other entitlements, so it is very important to be aware
of the pitfalls.
This handbook will help to identify the areas
where problems may arise for mobile workers, and will either offer
solutions, or offer links, names or addresses of specialised agencies
which can provide advice. It also outlines the rights of citizens
of the European Union and of the Member States which are the most
important for those working away from home.
We think we have developed a good tool here, but
a good tool can always be improved. Please contact us through the
website, or though your mobil-net advisor to give us your feedback
on your experience of using the mobil-net.
We would like to thank the European Commission
for their support. This has allowed the creation of a network and
handbook which can make a contribution to the development of a European
Union which can be a better working place for professional and managerial
This handbook is part of the EUROCADRES
mobilnet project which was completed with the support of the Commission
of the European Communities, in the framework of programmes and
actions in the social and employment sectors. The update of this
website, especially the inclusion of the new member states and candidate
countries, has also been made with the support of the European Commission.
Please consult also our new publication on the 'Tax
and legal situation of professional and managerial staff'. The
content of the handbook and the publications does not necessarily
reflect the Commission's position on this subject.