A German commuter based in Austria turned to EURES for expert advice on living and working in another European country.
Marcel Bedenknecht is a true example of European mobility in action: a German national, living on a permanent basis in Hungary, whose workplace is based in Austria. Commuting between Sotron and Vienna, Marcel experiences life in a different country on a daily basis. “Twenty to thirty years ago, working like this wouldn’t have been possible, but now, everything’s different,” he enthuses.
When Marcel’s firm asked him to work in Vienna he knew that he would not only be working in a new EU country but also commuting from his adopted home of Hungary on a regular basis. Although already accustomed to living abroad and with good existing knowledge of Hungary, he decided to turn to EURES in the Pannonia region for more in-depth advice, having heard about EURES from a friend
The Pannonia region between Austria and Hungary boasts more than 16 000 cross-border workers and the services provided by EURES-T Pannonia help to keep the vibrant region running.
When Péter Csizmár, Coordinator of EURES-T Pannonia, heard about Marcel’s request he wasted no time pointing him in the direction of a EURES Adviser. “I already knew some things about life in Hungary, as I had studied there,” says Marcel, “but EURES helped me with the more ‘technical’ details of living life between two countries, such as the differences between tax systems and social security systems,” he continues.
Having previously lived and worked abroad, Marcel well understands the specific challenges of working in a foreign country. “When you move somewhere new, you don’t know what to expect. Each country has its own uniqueness, and it’s invaluable to be able to turn to EURES for advice,” he concludes.