Thursday, 8th June 2017

SESSION 1: FOCUS ON RECONCILIATION IN FINLAND

Discussion 1: Developments in Finnish reconciliation policy, responsibility of work organisations and co-operation with social partners

Opening words
Mrs Eija Koivuranta, Managing Director, Väestöliitto

Parental leaves in Finland
Mrs Anneli Miettinen, Researcher, the Population Research Institute, Väestöliitto

Social and human sustainability in work organisations – Preliminary results
Mrs Charlotta Niemistö, Project leader, Hanken School of Economics

Work-life-balance economy
Mrs Tuuli Salonen, Social Policy Specialist, the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK)

Discussion 2: Family & Work: Co-operation with employers, case-examples and sustainable business model in Finland

Presentation of the Family Friendly Workplace programme
Mrs Anna Kokko, Specialist, Väestöliitto

Family Friendliness in construction industry, case Skanska
Mrs Kirsi Mettälä, HR Director, Skanska

Impact investing – a sustainable business model to solve social challenges Sitra’s Social Impact Bond pilots
Mr Kimmo Järvelin, Project manager, Aino Health Management

SESSION 2: TRANSNATIONAL EXCHANGE: CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES OF WORKING WITH SOCIAL PARTNERS AT NATIONAL LEVEL

Discussion 1: Exchange of information on national developments in reconciliation policies/legislation
Exchange/update by Members on recent/upcoming changes in national legislation and policies in reconciliation.
Exchange update on national actions by members on reconciliation, existing collaborations/coalition at local/national level

Discussion 2: challenges/opportunity and experiences of working with social partners
Exchange by Members on their work with social partners and/or challenges. Can COFACE Secretariat support this work?
Q&A general strategic exchange/transfer of knowledge on challenges/opportunities.

SESSION 3: FUTURE AND NEXT STEPS ON EU/DEVELOPMENTS

Discussion 1: Action at EU level: who is who in the Reconciliation policy arena
Presentation of key actors and developments by the COFACE Secretariat (Paola)
– Institutional setting: procedures, who does what and when (Commission, Parliament, Council)
– Stakeholders at EU level: WLB Coalition, Social Partners and other NGOs
– Combination of top-down and bottom-up approach (=working in Brussels and in EU MS).

Discussion 2: Presentation of new European work-life balance package of the European Commission
Presentation of the Directive and Communication published on 26 April 2017 by the European Commission and the draft COFACE Reaction/analysis paper (to be launched mid-June) by COFACE Secretariat (Paola).
Q&A and strategic information. Reflection on possible scenarios and how to make the package reality at EU and national level.

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