The Platform

On 26 May 2021, the European Platform tackling undeclared work was set up as a permanent working group at ELA. It ensures the continuation of activities performed previously by the Platform established based on Decision (EU) 2016/344, which ceased to exist.

The Platform 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 work programme for 2021-2022 reflects the realities of tackling undeclared work in a difficult economic context. It aims to deepen understanding of (new) types of undeclared work and sectors particularly exposed (e.g. in relation to the collaborative economy, seasonal work, personal and household services as well as HORECA) whilst supporting partnerships, innovation and capacity building, as well as increasing public awareness of undeclared work.

The Rules and Procedures of the Platform


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 European 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).

Full list of Members and Observers.

More information about the Platform and its activities can be found at the website hosted by the European Commission. This content will be gradually transferred to the ELA website.