Magazine article European Social Policy

Working Time : Finns Unveil Compromise on Working Time Deadlock

Magazine article European Social Policy

Working Time : Finns Unveil Compromise on Working Time Deadlock

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The Finnish Presidency of the EU wants to resolve the long-debated issues surrounding the Working Time Directive, which seeks to cap the working week at 48 hours. For this reason, having negotiated with the social partners, it decided in the afternoon of 20 Ocober, during the European summit in Lahti, to devote an informal meeting to discussing the outlines of a new compromise with the two future EU Presidencies (German and Portuguese). Heads of state and government were also present, since their agreement was necessary for certain aspects. 'We are trying to find a solution because all member states are having problems with the EU Court of Justice's interpretation [on stand-by time]. I hope that everyone will be flexible [on the opt-out],' said Tarja Filatov, the Finnish Labour Minister. Sources told Europolitics that Luxembourg is in fact the only country to comply with European regulation.

The Finnish compromise proposes a choice between the individual opt-out and an annual calculation of working time. …

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