Work in the EU

Work on EU-related issues makes up a large part of the Ministry's day-to-day work.

Officials and the political leadership take part in ongoing work in the framework of the EU Council of Ministers - the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO).

At the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union in Brussels, there is a Counsellor for labour market affairs appointed by the Ministry of Employment. The Counsellor for labour market affairs represents Sweden in the working group that prepares the Council of Ministers' work and in other forums in Brussels institutions.

In the Ministry of Employment's areas of responsibility, the EU works both with the structured exchange of experience and legislation. Within the European Employment Strategy member states are encouraged to reach full employment through the use of common guidelines, objectives and indicators. One important element is also the promotion of better jobs. There is a large number of directives with common minimum rules within the field of labour legislation and work environment.