Labor Mobilis Gala 2023Kraków

Labor Mobilis honorary award gala is an event accompanying to the European Labour Mobility Congress
The last Gala was held on April 24, 2023 at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Krakow

Gala 2017
Gala 2015
Gala 2014



At the heart of the Labor Mobilis Award is the idea of recognizing individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of promoting and supporting work and service mobility in the Single market.

Candidates are nominated by Members of the European Labour Mobility Institute and the selection is approved by the Jury, which includes previous Laureates and prominent representatives of politics, science, administration and business.

To date, the Labor Mobilis Prize has been awarded five times. The Laureates have been prof. Gertruda Uścińska, MEP Danuta Jazłowiecka, Minister Radosław Mleczko, EU Commissioner László Andor and
prof. Jozef Pacolet & Frederic De Wispelaere - researchers at the HIVA Institute.


The Ambiance of Historic Krakow

Each ceremony is accompanied by a unique artistic setting related to the culture of Krakow. A recent example is the Bester Quartet concert with the participation of Jorgos Skolias. Bester Quartet is a phenomenon on the world stage. It consists of four excellent, classically educated instrumentalists: Jarosław Bester on accordion, Oleg Dyyak on percussion instruments and clarinet, Dawid Lubowicz on violin and Maciej Adamczyk on double bass. They play music with a wide stylistic cross-section, which is an extraordinary, magical assimilation of classical music, jazz, ethnic sounds and contemporary chamber music. By creating an original, artistically daring repertoire, the group constantly wins the recognition of the audience and critics as one of the most interesting in the world.

The most recent edition took place on 24th April 2023 at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, concluding the first day of the VII European Labour Mobility Congress.

of the Gala 2023

Agenda 2023

19:30 Aperitif
20:30 Concert
22:00 Banquet
24:00 Afterparty

Extraordinary event

Awarding Ceremony of the Labor Mobilis Statuette is an accompanying event of the annual European Labour Mobility Congress in Kraków. ELMC is the largest event in Europe dedicated to the posting of workers in the framework of the freedom to provide services in the EU single market. Guests of the Congress are entrepreneurs and board members of service companies, lawyers, representatives of politics, public administration and European decision makers who have an influence on legislation and interpretation of the national and European law concerning the rules of posting of workers.

The winner is selected by the Competition Jury. Its decision is announced during a gala ceremony, which is always a unique artistic event organised in the atmosphere of old Kraków.

Jury of the LABOR MOBILIS 2023 Competition

Frederic De Wispelaere

Labor Mobilis Laureate 2017

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.

Prof. dr. Jozef Pacolet

Labor Mobilis Laureate 2017

Prof. Dr. Jozef Pacolet (1951) is professor emeritus with formal responsibilities at HIVA. He is an associate professor at the Catholic University of Leuven, and from 1983 to September 2017 he was head of the Department of Socio-Economic Policy and Social Inclusion and scientific leader of the research team 'The Economy and the Welfare State'.

László Andor

Labor Mobilis Laureate 2015

Senior Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and visiting professor at the ULB University in Brussels. EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Integration from 2010 to 2014. During his term of office, he worked on the so-called Implementation Directive on the posting of workers. Previously member of the Executive Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Radosław Mleczko

Labor Mobilis Laureate 2014

He studied art history, saxophone, marketing and management, economics and negotiation successively at the University of Warsaw, the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, De Montfort University Leicester and Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service. Winner of such awards as Ernest, Sybilla and Labor Mobilis, which he received for successfully standing up for the freedom to provide services in the European Union and hundreds of thousands of Polish jobs when he was Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy. He represented Poland during the preparations for and during the EU Presidency, as well as in the work on the implementation directive on the posting of workers. Thanks to his intervention, Commissioner László Andor issued a landmark statement on the replacement of posted workers. Cultural manager and gardener, author of analyses, social diagnoses and forecasts, event planner.

Danuta Jazłowiecka

Labor Mobilis Laureate 2013

Laureate of Labor Mobilis 2013. Since 2009 Member of the European Parliament (7th and 8th term) where she is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Responsible, among others, for issues related to labour mobility, protection of workers employed abroad, support for job creation initiatives, and elimination of administrative burdens on businesses. 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.

Stefan Schwarz

President of European Labour Mobility Institute

Economist, entrepreneur and social activist. Co-organiser of the European Labour Mobility Congress. Vice-President of the Board of the Polish HR Forum. Co-founder of the Labour Mobility Initiative, Europe's largest think tank on the posting of workers within the freedom of movement of services. Initiator of the successful fight against the unfavourable provisions of the Implementation Directive 2014/67/EU. Active participant in public consultations. Labour market expert.

Marek Benio. Ph.D.

Secretary of the Jury

Lawyer, graduate of Jagiellonian University, Ph.D. in economics. Head of Organising Committee of V European Labour Mobility Congress. Honorary member of Polish Association of Social Insurance (PSUS). Adjunct Professor at the Department of Public Economics and Administration at Cracow University of Economics. Social insurance and labour law expert. Author of key legal opinions on Directive Implementation. He took part in many public consultations concerning this topic. Participated in many international research programmes. Author of many publications. Supervised to a successful conclusion over two hundred masters theses and other papers. One of the 10 best lecturers at Cracow University of Economics.


The date of the next Labor Mobilis edition will be announced


Prof. dr hab.
Gertruda Uścińska

President of the Polish Social Security Institution

for the vision and perseverance thanks to which
ZUS has become a European pioneer of digital transformation
in the area of handling applications and detecting frauds
in the posting of workers


Prof. Jozef Pacolet and Frederic De Wispelaere

Research team from HIVA Institute for
Work and Society at KU Leuven

For perseverance and impartiality in research on posting of workers whose groundbreaking outcome will allow the facts to overcome misperceptions.


László Andor

EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and
Inclusion in the second Barroso Commission

For preventing for the free movement of services in Europe being reduced to the single act of posting


Radosław Mleczko

Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy
from 2008 to 2015

For a fierce defence of the freedom to provide services in the European Union and of hundreds of thousands of jobs in Poland


Danuta Jazłowiecka

Member of the European Parliment

For her steadfast commitment and struggle over the enforcement directive with the goal of maintaining a healthy balance between protection of workers’ rights and the freedom to provide services in the EU.


Event Venue
ICE Congress Centre
Marii Konopnickiej 17
Kraków 30-302

Organising Committee

Agnieszka Porębska