This report is the outcome of a European project of the European social partners of the construction industry: the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers and the European Construction industry Federation, funded and supported by the European Commission.
Without the active involvement of the national social partners of the construction industry in the targeted countries, namely Belgium, France, Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg, Spain, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Romania and Italy this report would never have been possible. We are grateful for the work and the patience that many national social partners have demonstrated during the 1st phase (collection of information) and the 2nd phase (checking the collected information) of the project. The meticulous work to transform the bulk of available information and know-how into readable and accessible national reports was done by a team of nationally appointed experts, which you will find at the end of the report. They have demonstrated a high commitment and were always ready to reply to the questions, which were raised by the paritarian steering group members. The European coordinators of the project, on behalf of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions of Social Protection (AEIP), Mr Francesco Briganti and Ms Magdalena Machalska, ensured the difficult coordination between the demands of the steering group and the fieldwork of the national experts.
Prof. dr. iur Heinz-Dietrich Steinmeyer, was willing to share his legal knowledge and experience and, in between his other teaching and research occupations, patiently took the time to listen to the legal questions raised by the steering group and tried to answers them as exhaustively as possible.
A final utmost recognition is attributed to the members of the steering group, who intensively guided and monitored the whole project. On behalf of the employers’ side they were: Mrs Maria Angeles Asenjo, Mr Domenico Campogrande, Ms Katrin Kandaouroff, Ms Laura Lammel, Mr. Claes Rydin and Mrs Djani Antova. On behalf of the workers side they were: Mr Tom Deleu and Mr. Frank Schmidt-Hullmann. The European Commission was represented by Mr. Sjoerd Feenstra.