EU Economic Freedoms and Social Dumping

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In the book, 'Market Expansion and Social Dumping in Europe', edited by Magdalena Bernaciak and published by Routledge, Jan Cremers (AIAS and Tilburg University) contributes with a chapter called ‘EU economic freedoms and social dumping’.
He demonstrates how the emphasis on the primacy of economic freedoms has negatively affected the application of the EU social policy. He discusses the legal ambiguities accompanying the notions of the freedom of establishment and the free service provision. He cites some recent cases of abuse of this freedom through the spread of letterbox companies leading to the creation of 'genuine undertakings' that serve as transnational recruiters of workers, thereby treating labour as a commodity. The freedom of establishment has created an industry of incubators able to deliver ready-made companies whose sole purpose is to circumvent national regulations, labour standards and social security obligations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarket Expansion and Social Dumping in Europe
EditorsMagdalena Bernaciak
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781138787148
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in European Politics

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    Cremers, J. (2015). EU Economic Freedoms and Social Dumping. In M. Bernaciak (Ed.), Market Expansion and Social Dumping in Europe (pp. 173-189). [Chapter 9] (Routledge Advances in European Politics). Routledge, Taylor and Francis.