Dear friends and members of EELA,

After our pre-warning in March, it will not come as a surprise that we will have to cancel this year’s conference in Hamburg. The world is clearly not ready for big international conferences yet, which leaves us with no other choice.

This is unfortunate and particularly sad because we had prepared an extraordinary program with exciting topics and excellent internal and external speakers. And you would have loved Hamburg and the conference venues we have chosen for this event.

It is a pity given all the work already invested by the board members organizing panel sessions, by those who have already prepared their sessions and by the conference organizers. A big big thank you to all of you for your hard work!v

Our conference providers have been flexible and generous, for which we are very grateful. We have therefore been able to agree on reasonable cancellation fees, allowing us to reimburse all of you who have already paid their conference and hotel fees. You will receive reimbursement through our conference organizer C-IN before the end of June 2020.

We will not postpone the Hamburg conference. Instead, we are turning the page and look forward to our next yearly conference in Athens 2021.

But we will do more than that. We want to keep in touch with EELA members on a more regular basis. The world is changing dramatically during this crisis. We will travel less and make more use of technology. Our ways to communicate will adapt quickly. EELA wants to be part of this fascinating journey.

On the day of the Hamburg conference – 12 June 2020 – please make sure to block your morning from 9:30 – 11:30 CET for a virtual “opening session” with one of our guest speakers and with opportunities to meet and exchange with your EELA colleagues from all European jurisdictions. Following this event, we want to provide you with regular virtual events in order to stay in touch and to hear about the latest developments in European and international employment law. Be assured that we will find formats for these events that are special – as everything we do at EELA.

We would have loved to see you in Hamburg – but we will stay in touch!

All the best for you and your family and friends

Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt

Anna Jerndorf