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3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Governance
  2. Cross-sectoral cooperation


The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for the planning and implementation of labour policy and legislation. As mentioned earlier, labour legislation is drafted on a tripartite basis.

Cross-sectoral cooperation

Since 2013, the national implementation of the Youth Guarantee proved to be an efficient measure for enhancing cross-sectorial cooperation in national level coordinated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (see more in Youth Wiki/Finland 3.1 General context). The successful implementation of the youth guarantee requires cooperation at the local and regional levels between the authorities, the business sector, and various organisations, such as registered non-governmental organisations.

Some of the statutory responsibilities of the municipalities (see: the Glossary) support the implementation of the horizontal youth policy planning and implementation. According to the Child Welfare Act, municipalities must draw up a plan to promote the well-being of children and young people. In the context of employment, entrepreneurship, and the Youth Guarantee these plans are used, for example, to develop the local affordances regarding youth workshops or the availability of summer jobs for pupils and students.

Also, the Youth Act stipulates that local authorities must have a coordinating body for local cooperation with representation, for example, from the local educational, social and health care, and youth administrations, as well as from the labour and police administrations. The body may also include representatives from the defence administration, as well as other authorities. Issues connected to employment, entrepreneurship, and the Youth Guarantee are some of the main themes handled in these bodies, in some cases special issue sub-groups have been established.