Romanian president says European Union workers directive needs improvement

French President Emmanuel Macron left and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis walk in the Cotroceni palace in Bucharest Romania Thursday Aug. 24 2017. Macron has arrived in Romania the second leg of his trip to Central Europe where he will raise conc

Firms in former Communist countries pay much lower salaries, giving them a huge competitive edge when bidding for work overseas.

Critics argue that the bloc's expansion in 2004 opened the system to abuse.

This attack came on Wednesday from the French President, Emmanuel Macron, in Salzburg (Austria).

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After having been welcomed on Wednesday, August 23, by the Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Christian Kern at the airport Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart of Salzburg for their first day of travel, which ended with the first recital, Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim at the Grand Palais of Festivals, Emmanuel and Bridget Macron have taken over the leadership of Romania.

Western European countries have been concerned that this leads to labor dumping, because employers must only pay minimum wage in the host country, and because they can save additional costs by paying social insurance in the workers' home countries, allowing employers to hire workers for less where welfare costs are higher.

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They thus start with a huge competitive advantage when bidding for work overseas in wealthy countries - and do not contribute to the cost of maintaining the local social safety net.

Austria has seen the number of posted workers rise from around 106,000 in 2014 to 166,490 in 2016 in a workforce of four million, according to the Vienna-based research institute L&R Sozialforschung.

Poland makes one of the Visegrad 4 (V4) group, that is, a policy platform that also comprises of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. Slovakia didn't reject the directive as such, but objected to the timing, demanding that EU-member states and the European Commission should be given more time to evaluate the effects of the norm.

One of the biggest opponents to Macron's proposal is expected to be Poland, which sends overseas 300,000 to 400,000 a year. Nine other former communist member states have also voiced their opposition as has Denmark, which says the proposals don't go far enough to protect the Danish system of collective bargaining.

He is seeking to drum up support for revamping the rule at a European Union summit in Brussels on October 19 to October 20. Macron has criticised the two countries repeatedly for harming the unity of the EU.

Macron's election win revived the EU's Franco-German axis but in central and eastern Europe it fanned fears of a "multi-speed" Europe that could mean reduced influence, financial support and economic competitiveness.

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