Wednesday 18 January

Thursday 19 January

12.00 – 13.30

Security procedures to enter in the building
Registration and light lunch

13.30 – 13.50

Policy Opening

Marc Lemaitre, DG REGIO, European Commission

Plenary room: GASPERI (floor 2)

13.50 – 14.20

1st plenary keynote: The challenging life of cross-border commuters

Teresa Ventin, EURES Transfronteirizo, Galicia-Norte Portugal

Plenary room: GASPERI (floor 2)

1st Panel: Better access to cross-border labour markets

Plenary room: GASPERI (floor 2)

14.20 – 15.50

1st Panel: Better access to cross-border labour markets

Headline introduction
Daily challenges as seen from a solutions provider – task force transfrontalier
Céline Laforsch, Task Force Transfrontalier 3.0

Obstacles impede labour markets from balancing each other – the Scandinavian case
Tue David Bak, Greater Copenhagen

2. The importance of cross-border mobility
Sigried Caspar, DG EMPL, European Commission

3. Challenges of recognition of qualifications in a cross-border context
Lavinia Kortese, Utrecht University

15.50 – 16.20

Coffee Break

1st Parallel Breakout Sessions

16.20 – 17.40

Session 1: Recognition of qualifications
Moderator: Koen Nomden, DG EMPL, European Commission

Guus de Bruijn, General Secretariat of the Benelux Union
Case: Mutual recognition agreement in the BENELUX

Luis Manuel de Almeida Soares Janeiro, Portuguese Red Cross School of Health – Alto Tâmega
Case: b-solutions: The recognition of nurses's qualifications

Alessia Vetere, Eures Adviser Trieste e Udine
Case: Eures-Cross-border partnership Euradria

Breakout room: JENKINS (floor 0)

Session 2: Information on the job market
Moderator: Lambert Kleinmann, DG EMPL, European Commission

Martin Unfried, Institute for Transnational and Euregional Cross border Cooperation and Mobility
Case: “One-stop-shops at the German-Dutch border” - Cross-border job placement combined with cross-border information services

Stéphanie Roser, Infobest PAMINA
Case: An information service

Leyre Azcona, Euroregion Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Euskadi, Navarre
Case: – The importance of providing clear and consistent information. ES-FR

Plenary room: GASPERI (floor 2)

Session 3: Challenges in taxation of individuals
Moderator: Henrik Paulander, DG TAXUD, European Commission

Xosé Lago Garcia, Xunta de Galicia
Case: Complex procedures preventing cross-border teleworking – ES-PT

Annmarie O’Kane, Centre for Cross Border Studies

Michele Berti, EURES Trieste
Case: Taxation challenges in IT-SI border

Breakout room: MANSHOLT (floor 0)

17.45 – 18.10

2nd plenary key note:
Cross-border labour markets seen from the territorial perspective

Christian Dupessey, Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière

Plenary room: GASPERI (floor 2)

18.15 – 20.00

Networking reception

8.30 – 9.00

Security procedures to enter in the building and welcome coffee

2nd Parallel Breakout Sessions

9.00 – 10.10

Session 4: Post -covid era - the fiscal challenges of teleworking
Moderator: Albert Raedler, DG TAXUD, European Commission

Marjon Weerepas, Maastricht University, Tax Law
Case: Challenges for teleworking made visible by the pandemic

Krister Andersson, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
Case: Taxation of cross-border teleworkers and their employers

Anne Sander, MEP
Cases: Why not extending temporary measure implemented during Covid?

Plenary room: GASPERI (floor 2)

Session 5: Cross-border education
Moderator: Pauline Ravinet, DG EAC, European Commission

Jakob Ebner, Dalarna County Administrative Board
Case: Cross-border vocational quality education – SE-NO

Roxana Breazu, INTERREG Romania-Bulgaria
Case: New skills for job quality

Ines Funk, Saarland University
Case: The potential of cross-border programmes in higher education – the University of the Greater Region

Breakout room: JENKINS (floor 0)

Session 6: Social security access for cross-border workers
Moderator: Gabriela Humar, DG EMPL, European Commission

Rafał Peszka, Borderland Association Nasza Suwalszczyzna
Case: Social security challenges when working simultaneously on both sides of a border – PL-LT

Anton Bouwmeister, De Kempenaer Advocaten
Case: Access to Social Security with part-time jobs DE-NL

Peter Nagy, Ister-Granum EGTC
Case: Ambiguous application of social and health insurance regulations in HU-SK

Breakout room: MANSHOLT (floor 0)

10.10 – 10.40

Coffee Break

10.40 – 11.10

3rd plenary key note: “Fair distribution of taxes in transfrontier areas”

Karl Heinz Lambertz, President of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community in Belgium and Member of the Committee of the Regions

Plenary room: GASPERI (floor 2)

2nd Panel: Cross-border taxation challenges

11.10 – 12.20

Headline intro
The Fair Taxation package

Reinhard Biebel, DG TAXUD, European Commission

Plenary room: GASPERI (floor 2)

The challenge for tax administrations to be capable to provide coherent information

Peter Hansen, Region Sønderjylland - Schleswig

Clarity issues of social security contributions and access

Heike Xhonneux, GrenzInfoPunkt Aachen-Eurode

12.20 – 12.50

4th plenary key note: The positive impact of cross-border work in socio-economic development

Henk van Houtum, Radboud University, Head of Nijmegen Centre for Border Research

Plenary room: GASPERI (floor 2)


12.50 – 13.10

The experience of a regional government with large number of cross-border commuters

Brigitte TORLOTING, Vice-President of the Grand Est

Plenary room: GASPERI (floor 2)

The European Commission’s commitment to facilitate cross-border labour markets

Slawomir Tokarski, Director for Territorial Cooperation, DG REGIO

13.15 – 14.30

Networking lunch