EU and unemployment benefits: old challenges, new proposals

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Kela main building, Adderess: Nordenskiöldinkatu 12, Helsinki


Organised by FreSsco with Laura Kalliomaa-Puha (University of Tampere)


FreSsco is an EC-funded network of independent experts from 32 European countries coordinated by Ghent University and Eftheia.

This seminar is organised by FreSsco in collaboration with its Finnish national expert, Laura Kalliomaa-Puha (University of Tampere).

Participation in FreSsco seminars is free of charge. Please note that all costs connected to the participation to the seminars (travel, accommodation) are at the participants' expense.


Please register with  via Kela-pages by April 27th.



Morning session

  • 9.30 Coffee / Kahvi
  • 10.00 Opening of the seminar / Seminaarin avaus, Laura Kalliomaa-Puha, assistant professor, University of Tampere
  • 10.10 Recent developments at EU level in social security coordination and free movement of workers, Joanna Kaczanowska, legal officer, European Commission, DG EMPL, D/2, Jörg Tagger, deputy head of unit, European Commission, DG EMPL, D/2
  • Break (five minutes)
  • 11.15 The unemployment package – what needs to be done, what plans to be done with the EU unemployment rules?Rob Cornelissen, FreSsco visiting expert, Carlos Garcia de Cortazar, FreSsco visiting expert
  • 12.15 Coordination of unemployment benefits from the Finnish point of view Marjaana Maisonlahti, Ministerial adviser, Unemployment and Health Insurance Unit, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
  • Discussion
  • 13.00 Lunch buffet/ lounas buffet
  • Afternoon session
  • 14.00 Sosiaaliturvaa yli rajojen – kirjan esittely / Social security across borders – introduction of a new publication Anna-Kaisa Tuovinen, researcher, Kela Research, Laura Kalliomaa-Puha, UTA
  • 14.15 Leipä pieninä palasina maailmalla – EU:n sosiaaliturva-asetusten lainvalintaa koskevat haasteet (Conflict rules on applicable legislation – challenges and possible solutions), Minna Levander, Development Manager, Finnish Centre for Pensions, Karoliina Nurmi, Development Manager, Finnish Centre for Pensions
  • 14.45 Työkyvyttömyyseläkejärjestelmät EU-kontekstissa – erityisesti haasteet Suomen ja Ruotsin välillä liikkuville työntekijöille (Disability pension systems in the EU context – challenges for employees moving between Finland and Sweden) Jaana Rissanen, Development Manager, Head of Unit, Finnish Centre for Pensions
  • 15.15 Coffee break
  • 15.30 Uusia teemoja: Työttömyysturva, perustulo ja koordinaatio (New ways to secure income for the unemployed: the Basic Income Experiment in Finland. How about coordination and BI?) Olli Kangas, Director of Community Relations, Professor PhD (Soc.Sc.), Kela, Essi Rentola, Director of Coordination Unit, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
  • Discussion
  • 16.30 End of seminar / Seminaarin päätös


Additional information

Laura Kalliomaa-Puha
+358 40 8288 601