Activities to tackle undeclared work (Topic 2)


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

European Social Fund +

Programme Description

The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) is the European Union (EU)’s main instrument for investing in people.
Τhe ESF+ will continue to provide an important contribution to the EU’s employment, social, education and skills policies, including structural reforms in these areas.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Activities to tackle undeclared work (Topic 2)


This topic aims to support relevant actors in the field of tackling undeclared work such as ministries, enforcement authorities, social partners, etc. to develop innovative initiatives which shall contribute to enhancing the implementation, application, knowledge and better enforcement of EU and national law in the area of undeclared work, including through cross-border cooperation, thus supporting the transformation of undeclared work into declared work.

Detailed Call Description

The types of activities which can be funded under this call for proposals must address at least one of the areas of action identified below:

  • Common training courses for staff involved in enforcement activities: developing new or improving existing training programmes between officials of competent public authorities and/or between relevant social partners and stakeholders in the context of contributing to enhancing the implementation, application, knowledge and better enforcement of EU and national law in the area of undeclared work. Activities can include trainings focusing on common themes and challenges (e.g. how to address bogus self-employment) and how they are tackled by different national authorities, exchanges in the field (e.g. agriculture and construction sectors) or trainings focusing on how to foster cooperation/improve working relations between different national and other EU/EEA enforcement agencies.
  • Joint inspections and exchange of staff of enforcement authorities: developing new or improving existing exchanges and peer learning between officials of competent public authorities in order to better cooperate across borders, and to develop tools that facilitate the work and to support capacity building. Activities can include: study visits to the authorities of the Member States, including a presentation of their coordinating work between agencies in addressing undeclared work at national level, field exchanges – exchange of staff for a limited period of time to enable exchange of information/best practices etc.
  • Provision of technical assistance and/or support to implementation of measures/practice as identified by the European Platform tackling UDW to other EU/EEA enforcement bodies to contribute to capacity building, implementation of good practices, etc.
  • Information exchange systems: developing cross-border information exchange systems with the aim to facilitate administrative cooperation between enforcement bodies. Cross-border information exchange systems supported under this priority must add value to existing practices such as EESSI, IMI module on posting of workers, etc.).
  • Collaborative work in form of sharing of information and mutual learning between enforcement authorities: developing or upgrading online platforms for the collection and dissemination of quality, user-friendly, and specific information targeted at tackling undeclared work, preveneting bogus self-employment and facilitating the transition from undeclared work to formal work.
  • Joint awareness raising campaigns/sector specific campaigns/regional crossborder campaigns: awareness raising campaigns targeted at workers and/or employers should aim at changing norms, values and beliefs regarding the acceptability of participating in undeclared work or bogus self-employment, so that these are in conformity with laws and regulations, at informing on risks and costs of undeclared work, capturing the gender specific aspects of undeclared work, at promoting the benefits of formalising work, at encouraging a culture of commitment to declaration, informing about the prevention services available to employers/workers, etc. Messages can be conveyed through many different channels, such as mass media (television, radio), social media (using new media channels to spread messages – for e.g. social networks, videos, blogs, twitter, vlogs etc.), public relations, events, talks, demonstrations, tours, posters and leaflets.

Call Total Budget

€5 000 000

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


Project budgets (maximum grant amount) are expected to be higher than €350 000 per project.

The number of proposals to be funded are expected to be between 1 and 3 for topic 1.

Thematic Categories

  • Employment
  • Migration and Citizenship

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Central Government
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Trade Unions

Eligibility For Participation Notes

Single or lead applicants, co-applicants and affiliated entities must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Public enforcement authorities such as labour inspectorates, social security inspectorates, tax authorities, customs authorities, migration bodies, ministries in charge of tackling undeclared work, the police and the public prosecutor’s office;
  • Social partner organisations. Social partner organisations at EU, national or regional level which are entitled by law or institutional agreement to carry out enforcement tasks can be lead-applicant Other social partner organisations can be co-applicants;
  • Non-profit organisations (private or public).

Proposals may be submitted by single applicants or by a consortium of composed of at least 2 eligible.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Directorate-General for European Programs, Coordination and Development
29 Vyronos Avenue, Nicosia
Tel:  +357 22-602883

(Publish Date: 14/03/2023-for internal use only)