Magazine article European Social Policy

Social Policy : Social Priorities for Finland's Eu Presidency

Magazine article European Social Policy

Social Policy : Social Priorities for Finland's Eu Presidency

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Tackling the challenges arising from globalisation and demographic changes is the key issue for Finland, which takes over the EU's Presidency on 1 July 2006. Finland will aim to continue the debate on Europe's changing demography at an informal meeting of Ministers of Employment, Health and Social Welfare scheduled to be held in Helsinki on 6-8 July. Drawing on the European Commission's February 2005 Communication on the Social Agenda, the meeting will identify the measures required in 2006-10.

The Finnish Presidency will strive to meet the challenges of globalisation by improving labour productivity through changes to the way work and working life are organised. The general principles for flexicurity should be approved just after the conclusion of Finland's Presidency. In formulating the principles, Finland will focus on improving the quality of working life in order to increase the employment rate and boost productivity.

During Finland's Presidency, the Commission is scheduled to prepare a Green Paper on the future of labour law, dealing with new forms of work and the balance between flexibility and security. On the basis of this document, the Presidency will endeavour to support the Commission's ongoing efforts by formulating a Council position on the short-term challenges for labour law.

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