Breakout sessions

Over the course of the coming weeks we will update this page with confirmed speakers and contents of the various breakout sessions.


Cross-border sham constructions

We will dive into the phenomenon of cross-border sham constructions, how national inspections tackle these constructions now and how the future ELA could support the efforts of these national inspections.

Isabella Biletta


Data-analysis and data-mining

In this breakout session Jozef Pacolet will present their research in which they use data mining to find subjects for labour inspections. During the session participants can share their experiences on the potential of new data sources and labour inspections and see how the ELA can promote the use of this information amongst all the Member States


Jozef Pacolet



Agency of labour migrants: complain or rework?

Introduction on the perspective of labour migrants and their needs to find information on possibilities, regulations and rights after which the discussion will focus on three types of labour migrants.

Lisa Berntsen


Connecting the dots: better inter-institutional cooperation between enforcement agencies

Effective enforcement not only needs a labour inspector, but also the insights of tax agencies, social security enforcers or other institutions. In this session we will look how Member States can create synergies between different enforcement agencies which tackle the same problem.



An active and challenging debate about ELA and EURES with an introduction by European Coordination Office (ECO). With guidance of statements we will see how ELA could improve the current work of EURES.

Irma Vijverberg


Isa Tenhaeff


Willem Schrijver


The use of joint inspection results

We will dive into the follow-up phase of joint inspections. We will touch upon questions as: How can I use evidence in my own legal order? How can I assure that I will benefit from joining an inspection in another Member State? How can we arrange for joint inspections to be beneficial for all involved parties? Jan Cremers, researcher at Tilburg University, will provide some insights from his side, after which the discussion will be opened.

Jan cremers


Conciliation, mediation and ELA

Mediation between Member States is always a challenge. The ELA-proposal could create a mediation board. Many questions exist on how this mediation could take shape. In this session we will look how conciliation and mediation is regulated at this moment and how the ELA can play a role in these practices.


Henk van der Most


Platform against Undeclared Work and ELA

In this session we will look at the achievements of the Platform over the past year and together with Magnus Falk of the Swedish Work Environment Authority we will then look at how these achievements of the Platform will transfer to the ELA.


Magnus Falk


The ELA and different labour market models: learning from Danish experiences

The ELA will have to support authorities and social partners of different Member States, all with different labour market models. Taking these differences into account requires an understanding of how labour markets can vary across the EU. In this session we will take a look at the Danish labour market model and approach to enforcing labour market provisions, including the key role of the social partners.”

Beatrice Fogh Larsen

Thomas Heidener


ELA and determining applicable social security legislation: how to deliver added value

Despite the common objective to guarantee fair cross-border mobility, numerous social security administrations still have a lot of questions about the Commission’s proposal to establish a European Labour Authority. Against this background the break out session will focus on defining how the ELA could deliver added value for determining and enforcing the correct social security legislation, particularly in the areas of cross-border exchange of information, effective dispute settlement between institutions as well as capacity building in the area of social security.

Martin Meissnitzer


Increasing cross-border cooperation amongst inspectors: challenge(s) and practices

On the subject of posting of workers, cross-border cooperation is challenging labour inspectorate practices. Based on the Eurodétachement projects experiences (carried out since 2010), the session will provide a space for debate about key issues.



Justine Bacic

Daniel Xirau


ELA: between the devil and the deep blue sea.

This workshop will link the pragmatic ELA debate to a trend-analysis of agencies in general. Looking at different agencies and their competences, this workshop will provide insight on how different agencies have taken shape in the past and what we can learn from that for the practice for the ELA.


Adriaan Schout



Cross-border information points and ELA

In this workshop we will discuss the structure and tasks of the Cross border Information Points at the Dutch, German and Belgian borders. We will also take a look at the plans of the European Commission for the establishment of an European Labour Authority and discuss the possibility to strengthen each other’s work.

Martijn Spaargaren

Pascalle Pechholt


The importance of the national liaison officer for the success of the ELA: lessons from Europol

The ELA-proposal and its success leans much on the figure of the national liaison officer. By learning from the use of national liaisons in Europol, this workshop will discuss what possible roles and tasks the national liaison officers could have within the ELA.


Labour exploitation and the ELA, using the expertise of inspectors to create a network of cooperation

Over the past year labour inspectors from various countries acknowledged they needed better cooperation to tackle cross border labour exploitation. In this workshop we will learn from their experiences and how the ELA could build on such existing networks and create their own.



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