University of Economics – Varna

Public Lecture on The Priorities of the European Labour Authority by Cosmin Boiangiu, Executive Director of the European Labour Authority

Ambassador Cosmin Boiangiu, Executive Director of the European Labour Authority, delivered a public lecture on The Priorities of the European Labour Authority on 19 March 2024 at 1:30 p.m., room 122, University of Economics – Varna.

He had been invited by Prof. Andriyana Andreeva, Varna Regional Governor, and professor at our university Legal Studies Department.

Ambassador Cosmin Boiangiu has been Executive Director of the European Labour Authority for two years. He is a career diplomat who joined the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1996. Between April 2016 and December 2020, he served as Deputy Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union and Representative to the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER I). From 2012 to 2016 he was Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Slovenia.

Cosmin Boiangiu has represented his country in the United Nations and NATO. He has received a number of awards for his service and he has a PhD in Economics of Climate Change.

In his meeting with students, the lecturer addressed some challenges the Bulgarian labour market faced in the context of increased work force mobility and ways if providing more effective protection of the rights of mobile workers through joint actions and information exchange, including the support of the European Labour Authority.

Members of faculty, the media, representatives of social partners (trade unions and employers' organizations), public sector officials, judicial workers, etc. also attended the event.

"Labour mobility helps solve the problem of labour shortages in the European Union," said Dr Boiangiu. The European Labour Authority, a new agency for the European Union, focuses on protecting mobile workers' rights. Young people, among others, should know that regardless of their country of origin, once they move to live and work in another EU country, they share the same rights as its residents. Mobile workers should know their rights and seek support in case of abuse. Mobile workers from third countries who arrive in the EU are also equally protected. Virtual labourers are another factor that may contribute to more flexibility in the market. Dr Boiangiu further discussed the impact of AI on the labour market.

29 Mar 2024