European Union: social, health and gender equality issues
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is in charge of its own sectoral matters in the EU in terms of preparation, follow-up, defining Finland’s standpoint, drafting EU legislation and implementing it in Finland.
EU matters dealt with by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health include:
- social protection
- social security coordination
- gender equality
- occupational health and safety
- health services
- public health and environmental health
- supervision of pharmaceuticals
- narcotics – drug prevention
EU decisions and directives have a considerable impact on operations in the social welfare and health care sector. Although social welfare and health care affairs are, as a rule, within the competence of the Member States, EU regulation applies to areas such as social security coordination, pharmaceuticals and cross-border health threats.
EU issues in the ministry are coordinated by the EU Coordination Group of the International Affairs Unit.
Reetta Honkanen, Senior Specialist
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Department for Safety, Security and Health / TUTO, Wellbeing and Health Protection Unit / HYT Telephone:0295163684
Juuli Hakulinen, Specialist
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, International Affairs Unit (KVY) Telephone:0295163651