6-7 May 2010: Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Labour Law's Master: International Seminar
The 6th and 7th May 2010 at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Ca Bottacin, Dorsoduro 3911) a double international seminar of study was organized in cooperation with the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and the European Commission Dg Occupation and Social Affairs. The topics treated were of particular interest in the present scenario of economic globalization: one seminar was dedicated to "International mobility and rights of social security", and the other one concerned "The workers' posting in the European Union and the balance between the economic freedoms and the social rights".
At those seminars, more than 35 French students of the Master in Social Law (Droit Social), 24 Italian students of the Master in Labour Law and some Professors of the two Universities were involved (Antoine Lyon-Caen, Frédréric Guiomard, Adalberto Perulli, Gaetano Zilio Grandi, Vania Brino) and the Administrator of the European Commission Prodromos Mavridis also participated.
"The seminars' topics -explains the Prof. Adalberto Perulli- represent the main challenges for the European construction, in the current crisis situation: the European Community should not limit herself to realize an integrated market governed by a purely economic logic of exchanges’ liberalization, but the EU has also to consider the social questions, founding an adequate balance between the economic freedoms (in particular, the freedom to provide services) and the protection of social rights. Economic freedoms and social rights, not only at an European level, are two sides of the same coins, and they have to give value to each others, together in the logic of inter-regulation. The new European Union Regulation, about the protection of the social security regimes, which is coming into force in these weeks, represent an important progress, considering the process of law harmonization already realized by the European Law, starting from the previous Regulation of 1971. It's time that in the single market, European citizens and their families can move freely, with their baggage of social security, without any kind of discrimination and without prejudices due to the geographic mobility. Alarms arise instead, referring to a correct balance between social rights and economic freedoms: the recent jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice has confirmed a sort of supremacy to the freedom to provide services, compared to the respect of fundamental social rights, such as the right of strike and the protections provided by the collective agreements. The risk is that in this way, the social dumping in the European Union could be incentivized, right now that, with the new Lisbon Treaty, an historic recognition of fundamental rights has been realized."