Directors-General for Industrial Relations of the EU Member States will meet in Helsinki on 24 May

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 23.5.2019 11.46
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The meeting of the Directors-General is the first event of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. At this meeting of working groups and experts, the participants will discuss current issues in labour law. Finland will present the priorities of its Presidency in the employment and social affairs sectors.

EU legislation is prompting changes in the national labour laws of EU Member States. Directives set out the goals which all EU Member States must achieve. Directives that will affect Finland’s labour law include the directive on transparent and predictable working conditions and the directive on work-life balance. These are among the topics to be discussed at the meeting of the Directors-General for Industrial Relations.

- This biannual meeting serves as a forum for information exchange between the Commission and the Member States. It also provides an opportunity for the Member States to present recent amendments to their national labour laws, says Tarja Kröger, Senior Ministerial Adviser at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. 

With this meeting on Friday 24 May, Finland makes an early start for its Presidency of the Council, which will begin on 1 July. The meeting of Directors-General for Industrial Relations will start with a review by Finland of the key themes in the employment and social affairs sector during the coming six-month period. All themes are geared towards pursuing Finland's objective of sustainable growth.

- Finland’s priorities in this sector include the availability of a competent workforce, employment for people with partial work capacity, the future of work, and mobility and fair Single Market, Tarja Kröger summarises.

Inquiries:

Tarja Kröger, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 8937
Liisa Heinonen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 506 4131