Press release from Ministry of Employment

Eva Nordmark takes part in EU meeting on measures for employment and businesses in light of COVID-19

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Yesterday, Thursday 19 March, EU employment and social ministers took part in an informal video conference. The agenda included issues related to the socio-economic consequences of COVID-19.

Minister for Employment Eva Nordmark and her EU counterparts discussed the impact of COVID-19 on employment and welfare systems in EU Member States. The socio-economic consequences of COVID-19 are one of four priority areas identified by EU leaders.

“Sweden has taken forceful action and presented a crisis package to mitigate the impact on Swedish jobs and businesses. A system for short-term layoffs was rapidly put in place and this is an important support for both businesses and employees in saving jobs. In today’s meeting, I emphasised the importance of a well-functioning EU single market even in difficult times if we are to succeed in reducing the impact of the crisis on jobs and businesses,” says Ms Nordmark.     

The ministers also discussed how EU instruments such as the European Social Fund can be adapted and used.

“In Sweden, we are now looking at the possibility of certain initiatives within the national Social Funds programme to respond to the challenge facing the labour market,” says Ms Nordmark.     

For more information and interview requests, please contact Gabriel Dahlander, Press Secretary to the Minister for Employment.

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Gabriel Dahlander
Press Secretary to the Minister for Employment Eva Nordmark
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00