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Jevgeni Ossinovski at a meeting with the French Minister of Labour: the labour market must keep up with the digital economy

As the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Estonia will focus on the future of labour, said Jevgeni Ossinovski, Estonian Minister of Health and Labour, at today’s meeting with Myriam El Khomri, French Minister of Labour.

“One of Estonia’s priorities is labour reforms related to the future of labour; to be more specific, how to make the labour market correspond to the development of technology,” introduced Ossinovski Estonia’s EU Council presidency programme to the French Minister of Labour. “The development of digital technologies will completely change our societies and the labour market, therefore, we must invest more into people’s skills and updating legislation,” he added.

Khomri, French Minister of Labour, asserted the need to prepare a clear and fair regulation on the free movement of labour force; an important milestone in that field would be bringing the directive about the posting of workers up to date. “France has never been against the posting of workers, we merely wish for a better control of misuse,” said Myriam El Khomri.

It was an important meeting for Estonia and Minister Ossinovski discussed the topic of a single labour market with the Minister of Labour of one of the founding members of the European Union. In addition, Ossinovski presented his French colleague with an invitation to take part in conference on the future of labour, which will be held on 13–14 September during the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council.

Minister Ossinovski is on a two-day visit to Paris, with a delegation from the Ministry of Social Affairs. There, he will meet with the French Minister of Labour and Minister of Health and take part in the Ministerial Meeting of the Health Committee of the OECD. The Minister is accompanied by Maris Jesse, Deputy Secretary General on Health, Kaija Lukka, Health System Development Department Adviser, and Tõnis Jaagus, Digital Development Department Programme Manager, from the Ministry of Social Affairs, as well as Natalja Eigo, Head of Department of Health Statistics, from the National Institute for Health Development.