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‘What we are interested in is solving everyday problems. The problems of both workers employed in companies and the ones who run these companies’ Stefan Schwarz at the ELMC 2019

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Summary of the practical workshops on the second day of the ELMC

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VI European Labour Mobility Congress- summary of the plenary session

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VI Edition
European Labour Mobility Congress


European Labour Mobility Congress is the largest and most important cyclical event in Europe dedicated to the posting of workers as part of the provision of services. Its main organizer is Labour Mobility Initative, while the co-organizers of this year's edition are Ministry of Enterprise and Technology , Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Commission. The Host City of the event is Krakow.

Our idea is to create a friendly space for meeting people from the business, science, public administration and politics, which allows you to acquire practical knowledge, necessary to adapt to the changing environment.

The participants of the Congress are representatives of leading Polish service companies, lawyers, public administration officials as well as national and European politicians responsible for creating and interpreting Polish and European law regulating the principles of posting workers. Last year's edition gathered over 500 participants!

This year, extraordinary attractions will be waiting for the participants, among them organized for the first timeExperts' Village and Citizens' Dialogue with Elżbieta Bieńkowska. The traditional element will be Business Fair and evening banquet.

See you in Krakow!

ELMC is:

- 2 days

- 28 sessions and workshops

- 30+ speakers

- 36 hours

- 600+ participants

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Zbigniew Bartuś

The Plenary Session at the ELMC will be moderated by Zbigniew Bartuś from Dziennik Polski. Zbigniew Bartuś is a publicist, reporter, columnist, and journalist in Dziennika Polskiego, Polska The Times and leading regional newspapers from the Polska Press Group. He is also a laureate of several prestigious journalistic and national awards (including the Word Liberty, Grand Press, Economic Journalist of the Year) and regional (Grand Prix of Małopolska Journalists), a member of the Board of the Auschwitz Victims Memorial Foundation, co-founder of the Rotary Club in Oświęcim and a member of the Alumni Association ( US State Department program participants) and a long-term head of the Dziennik Polski branch in Western Małopolska.



It is hard to imagine the European Union without labour and services mobility. Meanwhile, allegations of unfair competition and social dumping directed against employers from less wealthy Member States encourage EU institutions to systematically tighten the rules governing the posting of workers, without which mobility is not possible. That is why we want to fight against the dark scenario of dividing Europe into strong and rich countries, who will unilaterally impose rules of access to the EU market that will be more favorable for them, to the prejudice of weaker and poorer countries. We do not want the above mentioned problems to be ignored in this political dispute. The leitmotiv of this year's edition will be the slogan: New Posting Rules. Problems solved? Fairness guaranteed?.

Traditionally, the first day of the Congress, during which we will discuss about the future of the posting of workers and the freedom to provide services, will have a political. The second day will be more practical as it will be dedicated to employers, who will be able to take part in workshops led by the best lawyers from Poland, Germany, Belgium and France specializing in the posting of workers.

Programme Council

prof. Gertruda Uścińska

Professor of Social Sciences, President of Polish Social Security Institution (ZUS)

prof. Jacek Majchrowski

Mayor of Krakow

prof. Catherine Barnard

Professor of European Union Law at the University of Cambridge

Stefan Schwarz

President of the Labour Mobility Initiative

Zsolt Darvas, PhD

PhD, Senior Fellow at the Brussels-based think-tank Bruegel

prof. Leszek Mitrus

Professor of Law at the Jagiellonian University

prof. Arkadiusz Sobczyk

Professor of Law at the Jagiellonian University

Magdalena Bernaciak, PhD

PhD, Senior researcher at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Frederic De Wispelaere

Senior research associate at Institute for Work and Society KU Leuven HIVA

prof. Wanda Sułkowska

Professor, Head of the Department of Insurance of the Cracow University of Economics

Marek Benio, PhD

PhD, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the European Labor Mobility Congress

prof. dr. Arne Petermann

Professor of Management at the Berufsakademie für Gesundheits-und Sozialwesen Saarland (BAGSS)

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Participants' opinions

It was a very interesting professional experience, which allowed us to see the topic of workers’ mobility from a different perspective. It was also an opportunity to have many interesting discussions with companies which do not cooperate with us on a daily basis. In our opinion everything was buttoned up, which is not easy considering the importance of the event as well as the numer of participants and guests.

Barbara Kolimeczkow, PwC
ELMC enabled me to see the point of view and problems of Polish employers providing services on the EU Single Market.

Magdalena Bernaciak, PhD, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
Participation in the conference definietly changed my perception of the posting of workers. Possibility to meet representatives of other institutions: Ministries, academic and legal community, European Commission and posting companies made me realize how wide the topic is and how uch work there is still to do in this field. It is the only place, where all the 'parties' interested in the posting of workers meet, where you can listen to the experts and receive help and where the posting companies can talk about their problems.

Dorota Patecka, Polish Social Insurance Institution
LMI is the voice of Polish companies in the European Union. Due to their immense commitment, determination and expert work, LMI has gained recognition in Europe and is considered a reliable expert in the field of mobility and posting of workers. In this context, European Labour Mobility Congress is a really important event, recognized by important decision makers - both national and foreign. Congress is a place where without prejudice and limitations you can exchange views, discuss and make contacts with partners.

Danuta Jazłowiecka, Member of European Parliament
ELMC is a unique event in the European scale. Topic of the posting of workers used to be perceived as 'niche', 'sectoral' and difficult. However, the discussion on the posting of workers reflects direction of evolvement of the social and economic situation in the entire EU. ELMC organizers manage to meet national and EU decision makers, social partners, scholars and employers. During the meeting, During the meeting, complex, politically and socially controversial topics are tackled, and at the same time we have the guarantee that the discussion will be substantive and the subject will be presented in an accessible way.

Robert Lisicki, Lewiatan Confederation
Participation in the ELMC is an obligatory event in every employer's calendar. Level of knowledge in the debates and presence of excellent speakers makes it the most important annual event of this kind. At the workshops you can gain very useful and interesting information about the posting of workers to different countries. Meeting politicians or owners and managers of the leading companies in the sector gives a possibility to exchange ideas and establish cooperation. As a co-owner of a company operating at the Polish and French market, each year I take part in the Congress and I am very satisfied every time.

Wojciech Mroczkiewicz, AP VECTOR Employment Agency


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