Nordic Trade Union Congress 2019

Malmö, Sweden 3-5 September 2019

Welcome to the 3rd Nordic Trade Union Congress. The Congress will be held at the Quality Hotel View in Hyllie outside of Malmö in the Östersund-region, 3–5 September 2019.

It has been four years since the time we had a congress in Køge, Denmark in the spring of 2015. Those of you present at that meeting probably remember that we discussed the interaction between the EU and the Nordic Collective agreement model. This time, as we meet again for a Nordic Trade Union Congress we will pick up where we left off, with the difference that this time EU/EEA will be the main theme while perspectives are widening. Except for the interplay and challenges between the EU/EEA and the Nordic collective agreement model we will discuss the relationship between the European cooperation and our welfare systems.

With EU/EES as a starting point we will also discuss challenges for democracy, economy, the future of work and ways forward for the Nordic trade union movement. Based on the discussions during and conclusions of the congress the task is to develop a mutual Nordic Trade Union Strategy on European Affairs for our members.

The Congress “Building bridges” describes us in the Nordic Trade Union Movement, trade unionist bridge builders for competition and sustainability; Within the Nordics and between Europe and our region.

See you by the bridge!

A warm welcome, 
Magnus Gissler


Tuesday 3 September

15.00    Opening of the Congress:
Building Bridges – A developed and strong Nordic cooperation on European issues
  • Sonja Ýr Þorbergsdóttir – President NFS and BSRB
  • Katrín Jakobsdóttir – Primeminister, Island
  • Hans Dahlgren – EU-minister, Sweden
  • Chairpersons in the NFS-organisations om the biggest European Trade Union challenges
  • Paula Lehtomäki – Generalsekreterare, Nordic Council of Ministers
19.00    Dinner

Wednesday 4 September

9.00    Our mutual European Trade Union challenges
  • Luca Visentini – General secretary, the ETUC
09.30    Congress work - Grup discussions
            Democracy and populism in Europe
10.30    Coffee
11.00    Congress work - Grup discussions
            Future of work, structural tranistions and working environment
12.00    Lunch
13.00    Summary of the morning's two theme discussions
13.30    The single market and the social dimension
  • Stefan Olsson – Director, DG Employment, EU-comission
            European Labour Authority
  • Troels Blicher Danielsen – Head of department, Beskæftigelseministeriet Denmark
14.30    Congress work - Grup discussions
            The single market and EU's social dimension
15.30    Coffee
16.00    Summary on the single market diskussion
16.15    Plenary discussion on the three topics of the day
            Concluding presidents' panel
17.30    End of the day

19.00    Dinner– The Swedish organisations invite for dinner

Thursday 5 September

09.00     The Finnish EU presidency (TBC)
  • Timo Harakka, Minister of Employment, Finland 
09.30     Challenges of The Nordic bargaining model and wellfare
  • Esther Lynch – Deputy General Secretary, ETUC
  • Pelle Hilmersson – Deputy General Secretary, ETUC
10.00     Congress work - Grup discussions
             Contracts and wellfare in the Nordics and Europe
11.00     Summary/Plenary discussion
11.30     Concluding presidents' panel
12.00     End and lunch


Sonja Ýr Þorbergsdóttir
President, NFS och BSRB

Katrín Jakobsdóttir
Prime minister, Iceland

Foto: Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet Foto: Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet

Hans Dahlgren
EU-minister, Sweden

Timo Harakka
Minister of Employment, Finland

Paula Lehtomäki
Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers

Luca Visentini
General Secretary, ETUC

Stefan Olsson
Director, DG Employment, European Commission

Troels Blicher Danielsen
Head of department, Beskæftigelseministeriet Denmark

Per Hilmersson
Deputy General Secretary, ETUC

Esther Lynch
Deputy General Secretary, ETUC

Practical information

Dates: 3-5 september 2019
Place: Quality Hotel View, Malmö, Sverige
Hyllie Stationstorg 29
215 32 Malmö , Sverige

NFS memberorganisations are invited to participate with up to five participants not including members of the Executive Committee.

Nordic Sectoral Federations are ininvited to participate with two participants for the congress.

If you would like to send more participants to the congress, please contact us as soon as possible, and we will try to accomodate it.

Participants are responcible for the costs of meals and lodgings, an invoice for these costs will be sent to participating organisations after the congress. 

Program and practical information will be uppdated continuously on the congress website. 

Contact person:
Eva Carp, +46 (0)70 55 55 066