Jean Monnet Project Conference


European Economy and People's Mobility

From 7 to 9 May 2015 the project conference "European Economy and People's Mobility" of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence will took place in Jena.

Within the internal market which lies at the heart of the European Union's (legal) rules, it is the free movement of persons that most drastically affects people's everyday lives in the Member States. Many recent political developments - from the
(in-)famous "Polish plumber" to the problems of migrants from South-East European Member States that belong to ethnic minorities - have drawn our attention to the issue and raise a series of questions which spur our research:

-        What are the manifestations of mobility? Have they changed in recent years/decades?

-        What is the current grade of mobility? Are individuals more mobile today than in the past? Are there groups that are more mobile than others?

-        What are the (social, economic, political, legal, psychological) preconditions for mobility, and which of these factors advance or impede mobility?

-        Is mobility (socially, economically, politically, psychologically) desirable? What are its positive/negative effects, and how should mobility be increased or reduced?

In its project conference, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Jena addresses the issue from an interdisciplinary perspective. In economic terms, "factor mobility" is an important tool for achieving economic wealth, particularly with respect to the common currency within the Economic and Monetary Union. More than other economic trans-border processes, the mobility of individuals has important repercussions upon social and social-psychological situations within the Member States. From all legal issues involved, the development of labour law is of utmost importance, given the conflict between fundamental freedoms and the fundamental right to strike, the tension between freedom of services and the extension of the host country's working conditions to the employment relationships of posted workers as well as the impact of the ECJ's recent case law on the freedom establishing systems of board-level participation (such as the German "Mitbestimmung").

For the conference, the Centre assembles high-level academic speakers from all disciplines involved as well as important stakeholders from politics and society.