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Budget for 2014: Policy for growth and jobs

On September 18, the Government presented its proposed central government budget for 2014 to the Riksdag. The Government considers that there is scope for reforms in excess of SEK 24 billion next year, and proposes investments in measures to increase employment, pupils' knowledge and business competitiveness, while welfare and cohesion is strengthened and the environment and climate protected.

Singapore's Minister of Manpower, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, visited the Ministry of Employment to discuss mutual labour market challenges with State Secretary Bettina Kashefi. Photo: Nadja Ben Ammar, Government Offices

Singapore's Minister of Manpower interested in the Swedish labour market model

Singapore's Minister of Manpower, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, visited the Ministry of Employment to discuss mutual labour market challenges with State Secretary Bettina Kashefi.

Amongst other things, Minister Tan and his colleagues inquired about the Swedish unemployment insurance and its implementation. The two sides also discussed how an active labour market policy can increase the employment rate amongst vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, youth, women, and long-term unemployed. The Singaporean Minister showed a particular interest in the Swedish labour market model and the role of the social partners when implementing labour market policy in Sweden.

Secretary General Gurría, OECD, shakes hands with State Secretary and chair of the OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee, Bettina Kashefi. Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

Secretary General Gurría, OECD, visited the Ministry of Employment

Mr Angel Gurría, secretary General of the OECD, has visited Stockholm and yesterday he attended the World Water Week event. Today he met with State Secretary and chair of the OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee, Bettina Kashefi, at the Swedish Ministry of Employment. Among the topics they discussed for instance ongoing projects and initiatives related to the labour market. The OECD Action Plan for Youth was one of them.

Nordic employment minister meeting in Övertorneå

Nordic representatives will gather on 26-27 August for the Nordic Council of Ministers for Labour (MR-A) in Övertorneå to discuss current issues and challenges that characterise the Nordic labour market, including more paths to jobs for young people and border barriers. Minister for Employment Hillevi Engström will host the meeting.