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Press release from Ministry of Employment

Swedish Minister for Employment to take part in informal European ministerial meeting in Vienna on fair conditions in the labour market


On 19–20 May, Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson will take part in an informal ministerial meeting in Vienna on fair and decent conditions in the labour market. The meeting is a follow-up of the ministerial meeting Ms Johansson hosted in Stockholm in September 2015 on fair and decent working conditions in the EU internal market.

The follow-up meeting in Vienna will be hosted by Austria's Minister of Social Affairs Alois Stöger. The purpose of the meeting is to exchange experiences and discuss ways forward to ensure fair and decent working conditions for Europe's workers, while facilitating cross-border mobility. A total of ten Member States will be represented at the meeting, including the country currently holding the EU presidency, the Netherlands, and the next country to hold the presidency, Slovakia. The responsible European Commissioner, Marianne Thyssen, will also take part.

"To create jobs and growth, the EU needs greater labour force mobility. But freedom of movement must go hand in hand with social security, a high level of employee protection and good working conditions for all employees," says Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson.

The meeting will focus on an amendment to the Posting of Workers Directive, measures for better and fairer rules for the posting of workers, and discussions on various work environment issues. Ms Johansson and the Netherlands' Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Lodewijk Asscher will chair the meeting's working sessions.

Media representatives are invited to contact Press Secretary Natalie Sial for more information.


Natali Sial
Press Secretary to Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson
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