23 May, 2023

Summary of the first day of the European Labour Mobility Congress

"Solid knowledge in uncertain times" - plenary session

The 7th European Labour Mobility Congress was held under the inspiring theme "Solid knowledge in uncertain times." During the plenary session on the first day of the Congress, guests from various fields and experts focused on discussing important issues related to the posting of third-country nationals, the future of cross-border home care services and the digitization process in the context of the posting of workers.

Representatives from business, law and academia, including discussion moderators such as Frederic De Wispelaere of HIVA, Kamil Matuszczyk of Warsaw University and attorney Robert Lisicki of the Lewiatan Conference, shared their knowledge and experiences regarding the posting of workers to European Union countries.

Answers to questions from entrepreneurs

The main objective of the Congress was to find answers to the questions and doubts of entrepreneurs related to the subject of posting workers in the EU single market. Particular attention was paid to the variety and type of these questions and doubts, which were analyzed by Karolina Schiffter of the law firm PCS Paruch Chruściel Schiffter Stępień Chancellor | Littler, who referred to the results of a survey conducted among employers taking advantage of the possibility of posting workers.

The basis for the solutions sought by the speakers and guests of the Congress in the field of posting of workers was the law of the European Union, taking into account the jurisprudence of the CJEU and the practice of the institutions - European and national.

In their lectures, the speakers made extensive reference to the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU. Among them were Herwig Verschueren of the University of Antwerp and attorney Henrik Saugmandsgaards Oe, former Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice and Partner at Gorrissen Federspiel. They pointed out both the principles of interpretation of EU law and the Court's decision-making in cases concerning the freedom to provide services in the EU single market, as well as the discrepancies in the interpretation of this case law across EU countries.

Valuable insights on the practice of European and national institutions in the area of posting workers, especially third-country workers, were provided by exceptional guests of the Congress. In their inspiring speeches, Cosmin Boiangiu, Executive Director of the European Labour Authority (ELA), and Gertruda Uścińska, President of ZUS, shared their knowledge and experience.

Bartus Barometer

The first plenary day of the Congress was enriched by a conversation conducted by editor Zbigniew Bartus of Dziennik Gazeta Prawna with Jozef Gawron, Deputy Marshal of Małopolska, and Mark Benio of ELMI, which provided an excellent summary of the day's discussions. This final exchange of views contributed to an even deeper understanding of the essence of worker posting and the future of labour mobility in the context of today's challenges.