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Speakers of the ELMC are EU decision makers and experts in the field of European labour law and coordination of social security systems.

All speakers Day 1: plenary session Day 2: for business

Speakers Day 1: plenary session Day 2: for business

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

European Commission

From 2014 Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. From 2007 to 2013 Minister of Regional Development of Poland, senator of Poland from 2011 to 2014, from 2013 to 2014 Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland and Minister of Infrastructure and Development.
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Jadwiga Emilewicz

Ministry of Economic Development

Appointed as minister of entrepreneurship and technology in 2018. From 2015 to 2018 undersecretary at the Polish Ministry of Economic Development. Previously Director of the Museum of Poland under the Communist Regime in Krakow. Between 1999-2002 she served in the Foreign Affairs Department at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. Currently Member of the Regional Council of Małopolska. Graduate and PhD Candidate at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow.
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prof. Gertruda Uścińska

Polish Social Insurance Institution (ZUS)

A professor, president of the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS), head of the Social Security Department at the Institute of Social Policy at the University of Warsaw, professor at the Labor Law and Social Security Institute of the Institute of Labor and Social Affairs. Committee for Political Programs of the Polish Social Sciences, expert in programming and management (Warsaw University of Technology and Ghent, Max Planck Institute and others) Special, LAW, trESS, FreSsco), manager and expert in Polish and international projects. Author of many publications, social security, insurance and legal security.
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Anna Siwiecka

Polish Social Insurance Institution (ZUS)

Head of the International Insurance Department, Central Unit of Polish Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) Prominent practitioner and consultant. Expert on social security of workers posted abroad within the framework of free provision of services. First-rate expert in determining the applicable law and implementation of the Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the coordination of social security systems.
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Frederic De Wispelaere

University of Leuven

Frederic De Wispelaere is currently senior research associate at HIVA-KU Leuven. He holds a Master in Business Administration (EHSAL – Brussels) and a Master in corporate law (Ghent University – Law Faculty). He is currently involved in the Network Statistics on free movement of workers, social security coordination and fraud and error. This network is set up by the European Commission DG EMPL to collect and analyse statistics and administrative data on those three fields. Within this network he is among others responsible for the annual report on the posting of workers. Furthermore he has published several papers and reports on the use and impact of posting from a perspective of sending and receiving Member States.
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Steffen Pasler

ETL Rechtsanwälte

Lawyer, attorney-at-law since 1998, Geschäftsführer (CEO) at ETL Rechtsanwälte Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft. Certified specialist for labour and employment law as well as commercial and company law, head of the association employment law amongst ETL lawyers. He has particular experience in representing and advising several employers including nursing service companies especially concerning transborder issues. Currantly he is increasingly engaging himselfself in minimum wage law and his realization.
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prof. Herwig Verschueren

University of Antwerp

Herwig Verschueren is full professor of ‘International and European Employment and Social Security Law’ at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). From 1992 to 2004, he worked as a civil servant at the European Commission in the field of free movement of workers and the co-ordination of social security schemes. His research concentrates more specifically on employment and social security rights of migrating EU workers and citizens. He is the author and co-author of books, articles and reports on these issues, on which he also frequently gives lectures at international seminars and conferences. He is an expert member of the European academic network “MoveS”.
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prof. dr. Arne Petermann

Berufsakademie für Gesundheits- und Sozialwesen Saarland (BAGSS)

Prof. Dr. Arne Petermann is Professor of Management at the Berufsakademie für Gesundheits- und Sozialwesen Saarland (BAGSS). He is also scientific director of the Institute for Quality and Innovation in Homecare (IQH), a non-profit research and education institution at BAGSS. As a visiting scholar, he was teaching organization science and scientific simulation methods in the PhD-program at the School for Business and Economics at Freie Universität Berlin from 2007 to 2014. He was head of international executive educations programs, i.e. for Mercedes_Benz (USA+China) and Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (DRK). He is founder and CEO of Linara GmbH and Linara FairCare GmbH, international HR agencies specialized in the transnational European homecare sector. He is also founder and CEO of 3P Projects GmbH, a consulting and executive education company based in Berlin, Germany. Since 2017 he is chairman of the board of Verband für häuslicher Betreuung und Pflege (VHBP) e.V. In executive education his expertise focuses on HR, leadership and entrepreneurship. His research focuses on leadership, organization science, path-dependence theory, entrepreneurship, home care services and social simulation, especially agent-based modeling. His research results have been presented at the leading international science conferences in his field, including the Academy of Management and the American Marketing Association Educators Conference. His work was recognized with several best paper awards. His work is published in books and peer-reviewed journals.
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Zbigniew Bartuś

Dziennik Polski, Polska Press

Moderator of the ELMC Plenary Session. Publicist, reporter, columnist and investigative and economic journalist of Dziennik Polski journal and Polska Press Group - leading local media in Poland. Longstanding head of the West Lesser Poland branch of Dziennik Polski. Laureate of numerous important rewards and distinctions in journalism - national (including Freedom of Speech award, Grand Press, Economic Journalist of the Year) and regional (Grand Prix of Lesser Poland Journalists). Board Member of the Memorial Foundation for the Victims of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Co-founder of the Rotary Club in Oświęcim, Member of the Alumni Association for participants of the US Department of State Programme.
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Danuta Jazłowiecka

European Parliament

Member of the Polish Parliament in 2005-2009. Since 2009 Member of the European Parliament (7th and 8th term). Responsible, among others, for issues related to labor mobility, protection of workers employed abroad, support for job creation initiatives, and elimination of administrative burdens on businesses. Winner of Labor Mobilis 2013. As the rapporteur on the Enforcement Directive on the posting of workers, she directed the work of the European Parliament related with the application of the document. The author of the opinions on European Fund for Strategic Investment and on the investment for growth and jobs.
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Marta Zięba-Szklarska

Światr Kadr // Experts’ Village

Owner of the company Świat Kadr. In 2002 she established own accountancy and advisory office. Member and expert of the club KPiE, expert of SAZ and EFFP Poland and FECIF EU, personal and business advisory (finance, administration, HR, PFRON).
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Piotr Kozłowski


German attorney at law, founder of German legal and tax office KOZLOWSKI, specializes in providing legal services to Polish companies in Germany. He has broad professional experience in the field of German and international tax law, cross-border activities of Polish and international capital groups. Piotr Kozłowski graduated in Polish law from University of Szczecin and German law from Humboldt University of Berlin. He completed the multi-disciplinary post-graduate law and economics studies in Rostock (LL.M. in international business law). He completed his attorney’s training in the Landgericht Berlin. He received scholarships from federated state Mecklemburg-Vorpommern, University of Szczecin, international programme Socrates-Erasmus and Catholic University of America. He participated in “Columbus School of Law, The 2003 International Business and Trade” programme organized by The University of America. In addition to the headquarter in Berlin, KOZLOWSKI legal and tax office has agencies in Szczecin and Warsaw.
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Beata Donay

Wendler Tremml

Beata Donay graduated from University of Cologne. Since 2004 she has been an attorney (Rechtsanwältin) at WENDLER TREMML law firm in Düsseldorf. Her main practice is advising foreign companies that post workers to Germany. She specializes in labour law, especially in posting of workers and cross-border services with a focus on labour law and social security systems. Mrs. Donay is co-author of the handbook "ABC of Polish entrepreneurship in Germany" concerning inspections conducted by German offices and institutions, released by the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Cologne.
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Christophe Wilner

Wilner Avocats

He graduated from Université Paris-V where he obtained Master's degree in banking and financial law and business and tax law. Member of the Paris Bar. He is fluent in Polish, English and French. In his professional career he mainly do general business law, general taxation system and employment law incl. individual labor relations and criminal labor law.
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Magdalena Grygorowicz

Credo Experto, Labour Mobility Initiative

Since 2005 certified accountant and owner of the tax office. Specialised in advisory in the field of cross-border employment, financial and management accounting, economic law, national and foreign tax law. Actively cooperates with construction and telecommunications companies and temporary job agencies creating legal and modern models of entities posting workers abroad.
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Hilde Thys


Hilde Thys is Lead International Employment at Agoria, the Belgian employer’s federation for the technological industry. She is Chair of the EU Committee at Ceemet, the European Tech and Industry Employers, representing 200.000 companies providing 35 million jobs. She has a mandate for the Belgian employers in the Consultative Committee of Free Movement of Workers. She has 20 years’ experience advising companies covering social, immigration and tax aspects with her team. Her hands-on practical and legal experience is useful in her contacts in Brussels. She knows precisely what questions companies have and where the bottlenecks are with regard to posting. She holds a Law Degree of Leuven University, and an LL.M. European Law of Stockholm University.
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Dominika Nowak

DLA Piper // Experts’ Village

Dominika Nowak advises clients on all aspects of labour law. In particular, she supports international companies in establishing and developing their business activities in Poland by preparing, implementing, and modifying employee-related legal documentation (e.g. internal rules and bonus policies), preparing and negotiating the terms and conditions of employment for senior managers. Dominika provides ongoing support to clients on individual labour law issues such as working time arrangements, discrimination, harassment, termination of employment, the financial and disciplinary liability of employees, and outsourcing. In addition, she advises on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions and collective redundancies, as well as on dispute resolution - both in court and out of court. Dominika heads the DLA Mobility practice in Poland, offering support on immigration matters such as the delegation of Polish and foreign employees and the legalisation of their stay and work abroad.
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Marcin Wojewódka, PhD

Wojewódka i Wspólnicy

Legal advisor, PhD in economics, owner of Wojewódka i Wspólnicy Sp. K., lawfirm specialized in labour law and social security system. Graduate of Law and Administration Faculty of Warsaw University. From 2016 to 2017 Vicepresident of the Polish Social Insurance Institution (ZUS).
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Marco Rocca PhD

CNRS - University of Strasbourg

Dr. Marco Rocca is CNRS Researcher at the University of Strasbourg (UMR 7354 DRES), France, and Lecturer in European and International Labour Law (Université de Liège, Belgium). His doctoral research dealt with the relationship between posting of workers and collective labour law and has been published in the book “Posting of Workers and Collective Labour Law: There and Back Again. Between Internal Market and Fundamental Rights” (Intersentia, 2015). He is a member of the MEAT.UP.FFIRE project, financed by the European Commission DG EMPL, studying working conditions and industrial relations in the pork meat sector.
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Marta Błędniak

Marta Bledniak Cabinet d'Avocats & DBA

Attorney Marta Błędniak is the founder of a Polish - French law firm in Toulouse, specializing in comprehensive legal services for companies and individuals, in particular Polish entrepreneurs already operating on the French market or intending to start operations in France. Attorney Marta Błędniak intervenes in the field of commercial law, commercial law, transport law, labor law and, in particular, provides comprehensive legal advice on the posting of employees (advances, episodes, minimum wages etc).
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Marek Gadacz

CRIDO // Experts’ Village

Partner in CRIDO’s Tax Advisory Services Team. His area of specialization is personal taxation, including in particular tax planning advice, ongoing tax and social security settlements, asset transfer taxation, tax audits and tax-efficient business operations structures. He advises both businesses and individuals in respect of structures of employee remuneration and other sources of their income.Marek has a wealth of experience in tax advisory and has been in professional practice since 1997, when he started off his career in Arthur Andersen. He also worked for Ernst&Young, and spent several years as a senior manager at the tax team in PwC.
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Margareta Przybyła

European Parliament

Adviser to Danuta Jazłowiecka MEP. Since 2009 Margareta Przybyła has been working in the European Parliament and following closely the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. She has been working together with MEP Danuta Jazłowiecka on the Enforcement Directive on posting of workers as well as currently on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive from 1996. She has graduated from the University of Economics in Poznań. She lives in Brussels since 2006 where she was gaining experience in the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU as well as in EU public affairs.
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Prof. dr. Stamatia Devetzi

Fulda University

Professor of Social Security Law at Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany. She studied law in Athens, Rome and Osnabrück, has a diploma in law from the Law Faculty of University of Athens (1994) and a PhD from Osnabrück University (1998). After working as a legal expert with the German Pensions Insurance Institution (1998-2003), in 2003 she became professor in Fulda. From 2011-2016 she was delegated as professor for Public Law and European Social Security Law at Osnabrück University. She has been active in teaching and research in the fields of Social Security, European Law and Law Comparison for over 20 years; expert in European Social Security Coordination issues.
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Barbara Surdykowska

NSZZ Solidarność

Works in the Expert Office at National Committee NSZZ Solidarność, where she deals with legal support for trade union structures during various negotiations and an expert in NSZZ Solidarność in the Social Insurance Problem Team. Associate of the labour law department of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw and correspondent of the Dublin Eurofound Foundation. Author of articles on, inter alia, European social dialogue, negotiations in transnational corporations and the role of trade unions in the European semester. The subject of research interests is the Europeanization of industrial relations.
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Marek Benio, PhD

Labour Mobility Initiative // Experts’ Village

Lawyer, PhD in Economics. Honorary Member of the Polish Social Security Association. Associate Professor, Department of Public Economy and Administration, Cracow University of Economics Expert in social security and labour law. Author of key legal opinions on the enforcement directive. Participant of public consultations. Contributor to many international research programmes. Author of numerous publications on social security, labour law, public economy and administration. Supervisor of over 200 MA and diploma theses. One of the ten best lecturers at the Cracow University of Economics.
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Marcin Kiełbasa, PhD

Labour Mobility Initiative, PhD // Experts’ Village

PhD in Law, Jagiellonian University (specialism: European Law). Italian and English translator (inter alia, translated Polish Civil Code into English). Lecturer at the Department of UNESCO UJ in the field of legal english translation studies. Graduate of the barrister's training in OIRP Krakow and American Law School UJ organized in the cooperation with The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Specialises in EU Economic Law with particular regard to EU Internal Market law, posting of workers and cross-border labour and social security law.
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Stefan Schwarz

Labour Mobility Initiative // Experts’ Village

President and co-founder of Labour Mobility Initiative, the European think-tank focusing on posting of workers and work mobility. Co-organiser of European Labour Mobility Conress. Vice President of Board of Polish HR Forum. Member of Labor Mobilis Competition Jury. The initiator of activities promoting successful fight against protectionist provisions of the proposal on the enforcement of Directive 2014/67/UE. Active member of public consultation. Expert of labour market. Popularizer of the idea of socially responsible business. Economist, graduate of Cracow University of Economics.
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