5 June 2017

V European Labour Mobility Congress – save the date!

On 20-21 November 2017 in the Congress Centre ICE in Kraków will be held the V edition of the European Labour Mobility Congress. It is the biggest annual event dedicated to provision of cross-border services and posting of workers in the EU. Organizers are Labour Mobility Initiative Association together with Polish Ministry of Economic Development. 

Like every year, it brings together business representatives, company owners and board members, lawyers and practitioners, decision makers who have real impact on lawmaking and interpretation as well as European politicians and experts.

– This year the Congress is co-organized by the Polish Ministry of Economic Development. It is a confirmation that service export within excercising the freedoms of the EU market is in fact a very important matter for our country.  It’s ‘to be or not to be’ for thousands of Eastern and Central European countries and millions of their workers – says dr. Marek Benio, Chairman of the Organizing Committee

Traditionally, during the first day of the Congress, a plenary session will be held, and the second one is dedicated to business.

Day 1 – politics. Plenary session

First day of the Congress is an opportunity to gain knowledge about the direction of works on revising the regulations concerning the rules of posting workers abroad, about debates in particular Member States on protection of local labour markets, ‘social dumping’ and if competition from Eastern European countries is really unfair. Renown politicians and officials will have a stand. There is also a place for representations of emoployers and workers as well as for lawyers specialized in the field of service provision in the EU.

Traditionally, Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner responsible for the revision proposal of the Directive on the posting of workers and Regulations based on which ZUS* isssues the PDA1s.

Day 2 – business. Practical workshops

Second day is mainly dedicated to employers involved in the posting of workers abroad. Programme includes a series of practical workshops, held by lawyers practitioning labour law and social insurance from Poland and countries to which the highest number of workers are posted (Germany, France, Belgium). Each year workshop by Anna Siwiecka, Head of Department in the ZUS Central Unit is very popular. She is responsible for procedures and rules of issuing the PDA1 forms by ZUS branches in Poland.

  • What changes of the EU law will affect companies which operate at the internal market?
  • What new barriers will the Polish and European companies have to face?
  • What formal requirements ought to be met to avoid penalties in case of posting a worker abroad?
  • Is delegating also posting of workers?

– According to the European Commission, every worker going abroad, even for 1 day, is a posted worker. Failing to fulfill the requirements may result in high penalties which are willingly enforced by the receiving countries. Our aim for the Congress is for it to be a source of knowledge for companies wishing to find themselves in a jumble of EU regulations changing at an unprecedented pace. 

Answers to these questions are given during the second day of the V European Labour Mobility Congress.


* ZUS – Polish Social Insurance Institution

Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will give an opening speech at the ELMC

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