At present, the Personal Data Act, along with procured agreements, regulate the way complementary actors process data about individuals and companies. The Inquiry into personal data processing in the area of labour market policy and its supervision proposes introducing an Act on complementary actors.
Sweden has nominated Ms Mona Sahlin as candidate for the post of Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva. Ms Mona Sahlin has been Deputy Prime Minister, leader of the Social Democratic Party and minister in various periods with responsibility for labour market and working life issues, gender equality issues, democracy and integration, small businesses, energy issues and industrial policy.
The difference in employment levels between Swedish-born and foreign-born people is too large. It must be made easier for immigrants to find work. But to succeed, cooperation within several policy areas is required. In the Government newsletter this week you can read more about this.
On Friday 9 December, Minister for Employment Hillevi Engström will visit job centres in London. The aim of the visit is to gather information about how the system of private job centres works in the United Kingdom, and to gain an insight into how job centres work with groups that are very much detached from the labour market.
On 23-28 October Minister for Employment Hillevi Engström will be visiting China. This trip will be Ms Engström's first visit to China and is taking place at the invitation of China's Minister of Human Resources and Social Security Yin Weimin. The two ministers will meet in Beijing to discuss common challenges in the areas of employment, labour legislation, working environment and CSR. Ms Engström will also visit a number of companies with a Swedish connection, and a public employment service in Shanghai.
The Scientific Advisory Committee for the Work Environment Policy has been submitted their report to Minister for Employment, Hillevi Engström. The Advisory Committee believes there are currently favourable conditions for realizing these national needs. The Swedish government has stressed that the work environment is a national concern through its action plan for the work environment policy, and the worker representatives and employers prioritize work environment issues.
In the Budget Bill for 2012 the Government gives priority to measures to address the slowdown, achieve sustainably higher growth and employment, ensure that everyone shares in welfare and increase the stability of the financial system. A total of SEK 15 billion will be spent in 2012 and SEK 17.3 billion in 2013.
"The use of complementary actors reflects an ambition to enlarge and diversify the range of services that are offered by the Public Employment Service. The Government believes that this will improve the average quality of the services provided, and thereby contribute to improving matching in the labour market." Says Minister for Employment Hillevi Engström at the plenar session at the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Employment and Social Policy in Sopot, Poland, 07 July 2011.
Integration is a mutual process in that every member of society is involved and shares responsibility regardless of their background. In a society of ethnic and cultural diversity, people should complement each other and contribute their skills and life experience so that the potential inherent in diversity can be released and utilised. Segregation, voluntary or enforced, is just as undesirable as enforced assimilation.
The Ministry of Employment is responsible for coordinating the integration policy and has issued the publication Pocket facts 2010 - Statistics on integration. It contains a statistical breakdown of the differences and similarities between native-born and foreign-born persons.
Sweden submitted the third report to the Council of Europe under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities on 1 June, 2011. The report contains measures and changes put in place since the second Swedish report was submitted in 2006.
The level of ambition for minority policy has been raised further and follow-up of work on minority policy has been intensified since then.
The monitoring process of the Council of Europe is an important tool in this work.