Norway participates in EU Social Summit

Today Prime Minister Erna Solberg is taking part in the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg. The participants will discuss how the EU member states can jointly develop and strengthen the social dimension of the EU, and help safeguard their welfare societies in the future.

‘I am pleased that Norway is invited to participate in forums where the EU member states discuss labour policy issues that are of major concern for Norway,’ said Ms Solberg.

The EU Social Summit is hosted by Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EU Commission. Heads of state and government from the EU countries, and representatives of EU institutions, social partners and civil society will all attend the summit. Norway is the only non-EU country to be invited. 

At the summit, Prime Minister Solberg will present Norway’s approach to restructuring the labour market since the oil crisis. She will also highlight crucial factors for ensuring a sustainable welfare state. 

‘An inclusive labour market that provides maximum employment, a high degree of social equality, and a private business sector that generates value are all essential for future welfare,’ said Ms Solberg. 

In connection with the summit, Ms Solberg will also present an initiative to the EU Commission, proposing closer collaboration between the EU member states to combat work-related crime.  

Ms Solberg has already sent a report to EU Commission President Juncker, proposing areas that are suitable for joint measures. 

‘In Norway, we have seen that work-related crime has grown in scope and become better organised. These cases often have international ramifications. Many cases involve criminal networks, with activities that move quickly between countries. They are difficult for national authorities to detect alone. To succeed in fighting these criminals, the European countries need to intensify their collaboration even further,’ said Erna Solberg.