Economy of wellbeing and climate action at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

8.7.2019 17.00
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Ministers Pekonen and Harakka in Brussels
Ministers Pekonen and Harakka. Photo: European Union

The European Union ministers for employment and social affairs met in Brussels on 8 July and discussed the economy of wellbeing and the employment dimension related to the EU’s long-term climate strategy.

The economy of wellbeing is the main theme in the health and social sector during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It refers to the two-way relationship between wellbeing and the economy.

Minister of Social Affairs and Health Aino-Kaisa Pekonen and Minister of Employment Timo Harakka chaired the Council’s meeting.

This debate was very timely. The EU is currently experiencing continuous economic growth and record levels of employment. But for how long? People are our main asset and we can only achieve long-term sustainable growth by improving their wellbeing. 

— Aino-Kaisa Pekonen, Minister of Social Affairs and Health of Finland

Today’s debate confirmed the importance of taking into account the social impact of the transition to a climate-neutral economy. We need to offer European citizens a landscape of hope, encourage workers to acquire new skills and competences, provide entrepreneurs with new business opportunities, and support sectors and communities which need to adapt to a sustainable economy. A fair transition is our common goal and vital interest.

— Timo Harakka, Minister of Employment of Finland

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