Minister Harakka to visit EP Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
The Finnish Minister of Employment Timo Harakka will present the priorities for Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union before the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) of the European Parliament in Brussels on 2 September 2019.
Minister Harakka will visit the Committee in his capacity as chair of the Competitiveness Council and present the Finnish Presidency’s objectives for consumer policy and the single market. It is customary for ministers of the country holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union to visit the EP committees to present the presidency priorities in their sectors and have an exchange of views with Members of the European Parliament.
Minister Harakka will highlight Finland’s objective for a new European strategy of sustainable growth. It is important that European policy-makers and businesses be committed to promoting growth in ways that are sustainable from economic, environmental and social perspectives. The EP Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection has a central role in developing the single market and in reducing barriers to the flow of goods and services. Its work on legislative files on consumer protection and consumer rights is also important. Finland’s Presidency also wants to emphasise the importance of services and digital services for European growth and competitiveness. Finland promotes the adoption of an integrated approach to the single market and the digital single market.
The minister’s committee appearance will be webcast live.
Jenni Karjalainen, Special Adviser to the Minister of Employment, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 047 224
Pauliina Porkka, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 048 278