Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

The Prague Process Policy Talk ‘Labour Mobility in the EU & Beyond: Introducing the European Labour Authority’ with Ms Slavka Eley, Head of Governance and Coordination, European Labour Authority, and Mr Martin Hofmann, ICMPD Principal Advisor, took place on 27 January 2022. The talk was moderated by Mr Alexander Maleev, Project Manager, Prague Process Secretariat at ICMPD.

After an introduction of the role and mandate of the European Labour Authority, its priorities for 2021-2022 and operational activities, the two distinguished panelists jointly assessed some broader trends in European labour markets, their imbalances, sector-specific challenges and recurring problems. The focus was on the implications of all this for labour mobility within the EU and beyond. In how far could enhanced intra-EU mobility, a targeted upskilling effort and the contribution of third-country nationals contribute to tackling existing and forthcoming skills shortages? What about the situation of particular mobile groups, i.e. posted, seasonal, tele or care workers, commuting across borders? The Talk also looked at the operational aspects of ELA’s & ICMPD’s work. 

You may watch the recording in English.

The Prague Process Repository contains video recordings of all past webinars and policy talks.

About the Speakers

Slavka Eley joined the ELA in September 2021 where she leads the Governance and Coordination Unit, responsible for the overall governance, external relations, horizontal policy coordination, compliance and communication. She leads the ELA Task Force on Road Transport. Prior to joining the ELA, she worked for the European Banking Authority, leading different units. She represented the EBA at European and international working groups, some of which she has been chairing herself.

Martin Hofmann is a migration expert and key advisor to the Director General of ICMPD. He has coordinated ICMPD’s programs on legal migration and integration and organized projects related to migration, migration management and integration. His research has produced comparative studies and publications on immigration, integration, irregular migration, human smuggling, asylum and migration policy development in European and global contexts.

Alexander Maleev is Project Manager within the Prague Process Secretariat at ICMPD, responsible for the implementation of the ‘Prague Process: Dialogue, Analyses and Training in Action’ initiative, funded by the European Commission. He has a Master in Social and Cultural Anthropology (University of Vienna) and in European Political and Administrative Studies (College of Europe).

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