Terms and conditions of employment applicable to posted workers

This website aims to provide information to employers, temporary work agencies and workers and employees in relation to the legislative framework in the case of posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.   


Since its establishmentq the EU has focused its efforts on achieving high levels of employment and social protection, improving the living and working conditions and economic and social cohesion. The priorities of these policies are to enhance the employment and mobility of workers, to improve the quality of work and the working conditions, to raise the awareness and provide consultation to workers, to combat poverty and social exclusion, to promote gender equality, to improve social protection systems, etc.  To achieve these objectives, the Community adopts legislation defining the minimum requirements at EU level in the different areas of social policy.  The Member States transpose the Community legislation into the national law and implement it, ensuring a similar level of protection of the rights and obligations across the EU.  The national authorities are responsible for the implementation of the national transposition measures and ensure their proper enforcement through their own control mechanism.  The General Labour Inspectorate Executive Agency at the Minister of Labour and Social Policy  has principal responsibilities in relation to the control on the legality of the work done at any workplace in the country, including by foreigners.


The European Union has been rising to the challenge in the field of labour law of guaranteeing the free movement and work of the citizens of the Member States within the Community.  The existing EU legislation in this area provides the European citizens with the right to move freely within the EU to work and defends the social rights of the workers and their family members. In this dynamically evolving area, where the labour market policy and the process of European integration are at the core of the changes, the free movement not only helps to realize the idea of a single market but also contributes to the social, economic and cultural inclusion of migrant workers in the host Member States.


In the field of the free movement, Bulgaria supports the provision of fair labour mobility on the internal market and maintains an environment guaranteeing this fundamental right of the European citizens in its territory. The right to work in another Member State is an essential element of the principle of free movement of persons within the European Union and an essential aspect of the European integration.  Determining the persons covered by the EU legislation on the free movement of workers and the conditions under which this legislation applies, it is necessary to distinguish between migrant workers and other categories of EU citizens - posted workers and self-employed persons who benefit form the freedom of establishment or the provision of services in other Member States. Alongside the freedom of movement of people, the freedom to provide services is one of the basic principles for the functioning of the EU single internal market.  A fundamental expression of this freedom is the opportunity, guaranteed by the EU law, for undertakings established in the territory of one Member State to post workers and employees to provide services in the territory of another Member State.


Last edited: 14.03.2019