French President Emmanuel Macron is meeting with the leaders of Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia as part of a tour of central and eastern Europe aimed at reinvigorating European Union unity after Britain's decision to leave.
The directive was launched in 1996 to help stimulate cross-border business activity, however critics argue that the bloc's eastward expansion in 2004 has opened the system to abuse.
The EU is trying to overcome differences between western and eastern European countries about the rules governing how firms in low-wage countries post workers elsewhere.
Posted workers account for about 1 percent of the EU's total workforce, but they are perceived as pricing out local workers in Western Europe, putting downward pressure on wages and exacerbating inequalities in wealth.
French President Emmanuel Macron is starting his first official visits to Central and Eastern Europe, heading on Thursday and Friday to the Romanian capital, Bucharest, and to Varna, on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast.
Macron said the new principles could include shortening the time the workers could be posted to the wealthier states.
Macron will not visit Poland, although two sources told RFI that Warsaw did invite the French President for talks.
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.
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 Danish collective bargaining.
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Backed by Vienna and Berlin, Paris now wants the job duration to be limited to 12 months, half the period proposed by the European Commission.
But there were contentious points about the current posted workers rule.
Macron is also demanding greater efforts to fight abuse of the directive, under which 286,000 people were employed in France in 2015.
Poland makes one of the Visegrad 4 (V4) group, that is, a policy platform that also comprises of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.
The practice undercuts working conditions in high-earning European Union member states, including France.
The 39-year-old centrist is pushing for a new mechanism to screen non-EU investments, particularly from China, into strategic areas of the European economy, as well as tougher measures to block the dumping of cheap imports on the continent.
One of the biggest opponents to Macron's proposal is expected to be Poland, which sends overseas 300,000 to 400,000 a year.
The move is a crucial part of Macron's broader push to create a new "protective Europe" that helps shield citizens from the effects of cut-throat worldwide competition.