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Freedom of movement of workers is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the European Communities. More and more Europeans are taking up the opportunity to live and work, either temporarily or permanently, in another EU country. With the EU enlargements in 2004 and 2007, a number of Member States adopted transition arrangements with regard to the entry of nationals from the enlargement countries. Most of these arrangements have now come to an end.

The private security services industry is among the growth sectors in the EU economy and is therefore attractive for workers and managers seeking employment and experience in another country. The nature of the many tasks and activities performed by workers in the industry means that entry into employment is governed by sector specific rules relating to training, background checks and so on. In relation to worker mobility, it is therefore critical for employers not only to be fully aware of the rules applying to the recruitment of foreign nationals in general, but also to have access to information regarding the training and checks a worker or manager in the industry would have undergone in their own country (or the country of their most recent employment). Similarly, workers wishing to seek work in another country may wish to know about pay and conditions and employment protection rights in force in the country they are considering to move to.

It is for this reason that the social partners in the private security services industry, CoESS and UNI Europa carried out a project aimed at assembling a mobility toolkit for individuals wishing to work in an(other) EU Member State. Consultancy advice for this project was provided by GHK Consulting Ltd (www.ghkint.com) and co-financing was provided by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. The information for employers and employees on this website provides details on labour market entry rules, social security and taxation arrangements as well as the rules governing entry into employment in the private security services industry in the EU Member States, candidate countries (Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey), Norway, Switzerland and Serbia. It should enable individuals wishing to work in another country to find the information they need on any relevant visa or work permits and how to obtain them, how to register for taxation purposes and health care and social security benefits. It also provides information on the basic qualifications and other checks they will need to satisfy to work in the sector, the pay and benefits they should be entitled to and the organisations they can contact for further information.
 
The information on this website is designed for workers intending to work permanently (as opposed to temporarily in the sense of Directive 96/71/EC on the Posting of Workers) in another Member State or non-EU country covered by this project and for employers considering offering such contracts to workers from another country.
 
For ease of use, the information is structured under two separate headings, Information for Employers and Information for Employees, although the country pages essentially contain the same information. As well as covering the headings "labour market entry rules, social security and taxation rules, private security industry rules" and "useful contacts", contained in the national pages for employers, employee pages additionally feature information on "collective agreements and national employment legislation".
 
For a more detailed explanation of the use of the country pages, employers should go to the section Information for Employers, whereas employees wishing to work in another country should consult the section Information for Employees.


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