Faces of joblessness – understanding barriers to higher employment and activity


The European Commission Representation Office in Poland



Jasna Street 14/16a, Warsaw

The seminar organised by our Institute and the European Commission Representation in Poland – June 18th.
Polish labour market has improved substantially over the past 20 years, but still over 6 mln people remain jobless. In the face of the population ageing, labour force participation will have an increasing significance both for the economy and also for individuals – due to the level of retirement benefits in the future.
The aim of this seminar is to share the results of research that aims at assessing various employment barriers in Poland and Europe. Speakers will include: Herwig Immervoll (OECD), Rafał Janas (DG EMPL), Iga Magda (IBS, SGH) and Paweł Kubicki (SGH). In the second part of the seminar we will discuss the potential effective policy response, with a particular focus on Poland. Panellists will include: academics, representatives of central and local governments and NGOs: Lech Antkowiak (Warsaw Labour Office), Piotr Błędowski (SGH), Ewa Flaszyńska (MRPiPS), Cezary Miżejewski (WRZOS).


The seminar will be held in the European Commission Representation Office in Poland (Jasna Str. 14/16a, Warsaw) at 18th of June between 9:30 AM and 1:15 PM. The seminar will be held in Polish and English, with simultaneous translation provided.

Registration: https://oblicza-bezrobocia-seminarium-ibs-ke.konfeo.com - by June 13th.

  • 9:00 – 9:30 Registration & welcome coffee

  • 9:30 – 10:00 Challenges for Polish labour market – the perspective of the European Commission

    Rafał Janas (DG Employment & Social Affairs – DG EMPL)

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Understanding and assessing the variety of employment barriers

    Herwig Immervoll (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – OECD)

  • 10:30 – 11:00 What stands behind low labour market participation of prime age women in Poland?

    Iga Magda (Institute for Structural Research – IBS, Warsaw School of Economics – SGH)

  • 11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

  • 11:15 – 11:45 Employment of people with disabilities: A policy puzzle

    Paweł Kubicki (Warsaw School of Economics – SGH)

  • 11:45 – 12:45 Panel discussion: How to tailor activation and employment policies?

    • Lech Antkowiak (Warsaw Labour Office)
    • Piotr Błędowski (Warsaw School of Economics – SGH)
    • Ewa Flaszyńska (Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy)
    • Cezary Miżejewski (Working Community of Associations of Social Organisations – WRZOS)

  • 12:45 – 13:15 Questions & discussion

  • 13:15 – 14:00 Lunch

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