The Finnish Government has announced that as part of its measures to promote employment all job seekers will be required to participate in quarterly interviews at the Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE Offices).
“The implementation of obligatory employment plans will be monitored more efficiently, and the sanctions imposed for violations will be enforced in full,” it states in a press release.
The press release indicates that compliance with the new interview system will be monitored on a monthly basis in the strategy sessions of the Government, whereas the interviews will, if necessary, be provided as an income-based purchased service.
The Government also said it has agreed to launch a series of experiments to increase the responsibilities of larger cities for implementing the employment policy.
Verkkouutiset, the online mouthpiece of the National Coalition Party, estimated on the eve of the two-day budget session that the quarterly interviews with employment advisers at the TE Offices could result in gradual cuts in unemployment benefits.
The Government, however, makes no mention of the possibility of benefit cuts in its press release.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Anni Reenpää – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi