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Decision in favor of the competitiveness of the domestic energy-intensive industry: employers welcome the increase in resources from the Environmental Fund

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At the end of last year, the Minister of the Environment, Ján Budaj, announced that the contributions from the Envirofond for Slovak industry would increase from the original three to eleven million euros. Employers of associations in the Republican Union of Employers (RÚZ) welcome this decision and consider it a good step that will help maintain the competitiveness of the Slovak energy industry.

Deputies of Smer-SD are liquidating jobs - the changes they are promoting are the exact opposite of social policy

Employers associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE) criticize the amendment to the Labor Code from the workshop of the opposition Smer-SD. They point out that the parliamentary proposal directly threatens overall employment in Slovakia and in practice may negatively affect thousands of jobs across individual sectors of the economy. Employers publicly inform the deputies that submitting such a proposal in times of crisis, without any justification or discussion, is a highly irresponsible gamble with the entire economy and human lives.

Smart tripartite cooperation

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The project contributes not only to the improvement of social dialogue, but also to the development and strengthening of the effectiveness of structures and processes of labour relations in Slovakia. At the same time, the evaluation index of the Program Statement of the Government of the Slovak Republic comprehensively points to the importance of social dialogue for the general public, which will be regularly informed about priorities, intersections of public policies and current requirements of entrepreneurs.

Guidelines for the employment of Ukrainian citizens in Slovakia

NUE brings you, in connection with the declared state of war in Ukraine, an overview of key rules and obligations and the procedure for employing the Ukrainian citizens in Slovakia. We also bring you more detailed information about Act no. 480/2002 on asylum, according to which the government decided to provide so-called temporary refuge to Ukrainian refugees.

Instead of support in the crisis period, the government is pushing employers into a corner with additional burdens and taxes - the united employer sector in Slovakia warns

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Employers associated with the National Union of Employers (NUE), the Association of Employers' Unions and Associations of the Slovak Republic (AZZZ), the Association of Industrial Unions and Transport (APZD), as well as the American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic (AmCham) sharply criticized the intention of the coalition deputies from the OĽANO side to taxation of selected enterprises. They point out that the proposal is significantly discriminatory and may even lead to liquidation for many businesses in connection with the energy crisis. In addition, the largest employers' organizations emphasize that in Slovakia, for months, there has been repeated circumvention of the proper legislative process and abuse of the position of coalition parliament members. They demand the immediate withdrawal of the bill from the parliament.

Employers warn of possible destabilisation of energy sector – they have a number of reservations about the adoption of new legislation

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Employers, associations in the National Union of Employers (NUE), are concerned about the process of adopting a law on the tax on excess profits in the trading of electricity produced by a nuclear installation. They point out that the fact that the government again circumvents the standard legislative process and adopts the law without due comment is an expression of non-respect for the pre-election promises and commitments of members of the ruling coalition, but also of the basic principles of the rule of law. The NUE therefore calls on the competent authorities to withdraw the bill from the sitting of parliament and, together with all the entities concerned, to start discussing systemic solutions for increasing energy prices as soon as possible.

Employers sound the alarm: the coalition crisis has become another pretext for parliamentary anarchy

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Taxation of oil, restrictions on the sale of certain goods, or several changes in the area of taxes - are just some of the points of the upcoming meeting of the National Council of the Slovak Republic (NR SR). Employers associated with the National Union of Employers (NUE) have identified up to a hundred different bills that will directly impact the business environment. They draw attention to further circumvention of the regular legislative process, which confirms that draft laws are introduced without discussion, literally at the last moment, primarily from coalition MPs.

Unacceptable for the employers: MPs want to raise taxes without any discussion

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On August 26, 2022, with almost 100 other draft laws, an amendment to the Act on a special levy from businesses in regulated industries was submitted to the National Assembly of the Slovak Republic, which MP Milan Vetrák submitted. From the point of view of employers, the amendment belongs to the draft laws with the worst impact on the business environment, which under no circumstances should be proposed in the form of a parliamentary proposal but should be submitted to a regular legislative process that allows for the evaluation of its short-term and long-term impacts on the economy and society. The absence of serious analysis or strategy in preparing this proposal is underlined by the explanatory report, which does not consider the increase in the tax and levy burden for most of the affected companies by millions of euros per year to hurt the business environment.

Cohesion is key - European employers fully support action against Russia, stress the need for the Union's energy independence

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European employers, associated in BusinessEurope, fully support the sanctions decided by the European Union (EU) authorities in connection with Russia's invasion of Ukraine. They point out that this is an unprecedented violation of international law and the most serious security crisis since World War II at stake, which is peace, freedom and human lives. They emphasize that it is the duty of the EU, government officials and the third sector to defend international law and to support Ukraine and its people as much as possible. At the meeting of the BusinessEurope Council of Presidents, European business leaders agreed on a joint message ahead of the summit of heads of state, which is taking place in Versailles these days.

Skills for the future of a competitive job market in Slovakia

The world is in the process of the Fourth Industrial Revolution - that is an indisputable fact. These industrial revolutions have brought so far have had a radical impact on employees. Many jobs have disappeared, but an even more significant amount has been created, and others have undergone a substantial change in qualification requirements. Experience shows that the industrial revolution is not a "scarecrow"; more jobs have been created than lost, but at the same time, what has been done to the full and only in favor of those who were ready for its arrival. Employers have had to keep up with the times to survive and remain competitive, while employees have faced more detailed information about their skills and mastered new working practices.

Employers are preparing for the start of the omicron: there is a risk of the staffing shortage

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According to experts, the massive expansion of the omicron may cause a sudden loss of tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of employees in various sectors of the economy as early as the end of January. Employers of associations in the National Union of Employers (NUE) warn that the loss of employees in companies can be massive, in this regard, they have several requirements for the government.

The extraordinary taxation of Russian oil will bring further increases in costs and prices for businesses

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During the next few days, members of the National Council of the Slovak Republic (NR SR) will discuss the extraordinary taxation of Russian oil. Employers associated with the National Union of Employers (NUE) strongly object to this plan - they point out that the negative consequences of the possible introduction of the tax will be felt not only by manufacturing companies but also by ordinary consumers.

The war in Ukraine versus the conflict EU climate goals - What will be the future of industry in a climate-neutral Europe?

A panel discussion entitled "The future of industry in a climate-neutral Europe" took place on 14 March 2022. Representatives of employers, employees, the third sector and the state administration discussed together how the war in Ukraine could affect the Union's ambitious climate goals or how to ensure the EU energy security and independence.

The rule of law, direct communication and more effective cooperation of the government with the social partners - extraordinary tripartite negotiations brought several promises of the Prime Minister

The circumvention of the ordinary legislative process and the adoption of key laws behind closed doors should not be repeated - this is the conclusion of an extraordinary tripartite meeting with Prime Minister Eduard Heger. Employers of associations in the National Union of Employers (NUE) welcome the Prime Minister's efforts to streamline cooperation and fully support his intention to actively participate in the negotiations of the Economic and Social Council of the Slovak Republic.

Although in the district form, but still - employers welcome the adoption of the amendment to the Higher Education Act

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The end of empty phrases - an amendment to the Higher Education Act has become a reality - has been approved by members of parliament. Although the law was approved in a limited form, employers, associations in the National Union of Employers (NUE) nevertheless welcome its adoption. They consider the deputies' decision to be a good start for the return of quality and confidence in Slovak higher education, as well as for the prospective reduction of the outflow of Slovak students abroad.

A dynamic construction market worthy of the 21st century - employers support the adoption of new building regulations

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Employment, the National Union of Employers (NUE) and the Association of Construction Entrepreneurs of Slovakia (ACES), support the adoption of the proposed building codes, i. j. the Spatial Planning Act and the Construction Act. According to them, the proposals approved by the government have the potential to eliminate the shortcomings and holes in construction law that Slovakia has been struggling with for years. They emphasize that the current, almost 50-year-old building law, to respond to the needs of the present and our country has been doing more harm for years than to date.

Employers positively accepted the Prime Minister's offer for a joint discussion - though they hope that it does not come too late

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Slovak employer associations welcome the offer Eduard Heger government at a joint meeting. You call on the government to engage in constructive social dialogue and believe that the dates for meetings with the social partners will not come until key changes in corporate taxation have been approved.

Employers criticize the amendment to the law from the workshop of the Ministry of Health: it will significantly affect the family budgets of low-income groups of the population

It will negatively affect the most vulnerable groups of the Slovak population and cut even more from family budgets at a time of extreme inflation - this is how employers, associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE), assess the latest amendment to the law from the Ministry of Health's workshop. In this context, they call on the government to start a professional discussion with social partners before adopting it and thus prevent negative impacts on Slovak households in times of crisis.

AdultLearningROSK

The project aims to strengthen the social partners capacity from Romania and Slovakia to deal with the changing skill demands in the context of the transformation of work that accelerated with the COVID crisis. With a low rate of participation of employees in lifelong learning (LLL) and a relatively weak capacity of social partners, currently, both Romania and Slovakia have limited instruments to support a fair transition in the world of work. With the pandemic, their limited resources were shifted from strategic projects towards direct response measures (e.g., short-time work, economic recovery grants, etc.). With the view to ensure the sustainability of their efforts, Concordia and NUE aim to use some of the insights in the WorkTransitionCEE project (current implementation) and build a more coherent practice concerning LLL.

Next year, the minimum wage will increase beyond the scope of the law

Employers associated in the National Union of Employers, the Association of Employers' Unions and Associations of the Slovak Republic and the Association of Industrial Unions and Transport, members of the Association of Cities and Towns of Slovakia and employee representatives, associated in the Confederation of Trade Unions of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Trade Unions agreed for the first time in history on the minimum wage for the following year. The social partners took into account the current situation and the significant increase in inflation, according to them, the proposed rate should help eliminate negative impacts on Slovak households.

Prague declaration - BusinessEurope´s council of presidents

The increasingly tense geopolitical situation and the consequences of the ongoing war in Ukraine, that is the key task of restoring security, stability and prosperity to Europe lies on the Czech Republic, which will chair the Council of the European Union for six months and thus BusinessEurope. It is in this context, at the invitation of the Czech Confederation of Industry and Transport, the Presidents of BusinessEurope, from fourty member employers' organizations, met in Prague to jointly define the priorities of the Czech Presidency.

Promoting the quality of social dialogue

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The aim of the project is to create space for the professionalization of social dialogue with the potential to streamline and improve the process of preparing legislation at the tripartite level, but also to focus on the content of assessing legislation in the context of increasing Slovakia's competitiveness as well as the extent of social support for the creation of expert documents and training. The aim is also to support the provision of quality and professional responses to the ever-changing labor market situation and to develop more targeted measures to improve the ability of public employment services to provide timely and personalized employment care, based on human resources quality, labor market links, better cooperation with private employment institutions and social dialogue aimed at developing higher employment rate.

There is another bill on the table that will not negatively affect thousands of Slovak employers

Violation of fair rules and circumvention of the standard legislative process does not seem to end, even after repeated promises from the government. Employers associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE) draw attention to another legislative proposal that will significantly burden domestic businesses in times of crisis. According to them, the parliamentary amendment to the Labor Code, which passed the first reading in parliament without any substantive discussion, may even negatively affect overall employment in the country and individual households. Employers are therefore calling on parliamentarians and the government not to gamble with the stability of the Slovak economy and to start looking for truly systemic solutions to the crises we are currently facing.

Joint declaration of employers in support of vaccination

We, the employers who create job opportunities throughout Slovakia, express our full support to the health professionals in the hospitals in the covid wards. We highly value their extremely demanding work and continuous commitment in difficult conditions in order to save the health and lives of many of our colleagues.

Where will $33 billion end up? The government is far behind in drawing EU funds – Slovakia could lose billions

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In the next five years alone, the Slovak government is to ensure that more than thirty-three billion euros of contributions from european Union (EU) resources are to be drawn down. However, employers, associations in the Republican Union of Employers (NUE), point out that the multibillion-dollar package to be used for the development of Slovakia is unlikely to be exhausted by the government's current system. Due to overly strict control and overly administratively demanding processes or slow absorption, Slovakia could lose billions of euros.

Qualification verification system

The needs of employers and the supply of employees in the labor market, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the opening up of lifelong learning opportunities have created a demand for more flexible acquisition of qualifications, based on non-formal learning. Professional employment and human development are often hampered not only by a lack of knowledge, skills and competences, but by a lack of evidence of their acquisition. The national project System of Verification of Qualifications in the Slovak Republic (NP SOK), implemented by the State Institute of Vocational Training (ŠIOV) is intended for those people who are interested in having their knowledge, skills and competences acquired through non-formal education, that is during practice or informal learning. Thanks to the proof, they can obtain a full certificate of qualification without going back to school.

Letter to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, in connection with the ongoing crisis in the energy sector and its impact on Slovak businesses.

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The president of the National Union of Employers (NUE) sent a Letter to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, in connection with the ongoing crisis in the energy sector and its impact on Slovak businesses. Ahead of the Informal meeting of heads of state or government in Prague, the letter has also been shared with the European Commission and Slovak Prime minister ahead of the European Council of Heads of States and Governments in Prague.

The purchase of energy and gas is a complete lottery - employers call on the government to present a crisis plan for solutions as soon as possible, the energy crisis affects us all, they refer

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Employers associated with the National Union of Employers (NUE) demand that the government adopts a comprehensive plan to help the Slovak industry as quickly as possible in connection with the energy crisis. They point out that the consequences of massive energy price increases are felt by all sectors, and without the immediate adoption of systemic measures, the following months will be fatal for many businesses. According to them, limiting production, suspending production, closing operations, and mass layoffs may soon become a reality in Slovakia.

Employers are calling on members of parliament to postpone the deadline for mandatory reporting of partners' data to the commercial register

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Employers associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE) call on the coalition deputies to postpone the obligation to report the identification data of partners to the commercial register to a later date. The addition of data was supposed to happen automatically, but due to the state's error, thousands of shareholders and partners are forced to submit to the commercial register, which causes unnecessary financial, administrative and time costs for entrepreneurs and the state itself.

What does the future hold for the industry in a climate-neutral Europe?

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Green sustainability versus functionality and competitiveness of European and Slovak industry. The ambitions of the European Commission (EC) in the field of green transformation versus their actual feasibility in practice. How to ensure that the European Union's (EU) strategic objectives are met without adverse effects on the Member States of the Union and the industries of the economies?

An event that finally provokes a response: the debate on higher education reform is advancing, employers are making concrete proposals to improve the quality of higher education

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The amendment to the Act on Higher Education (Colleges and Universities), introduced by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports (MŠVVaŠ) SR, triggered an avalanche of emotions on the part of academia and finally activated a society-wide debate on and job-ready graduates. While the academic community has been focusing on petitions and organizing protests against the proposed changes in recent weeks, employers and associations in the National Union of Employers (NUE) want to contribute constructively to the discussion - they are coming up with concrete proposals on how to move Slovak higher education forward and bring it closer to the quality level of advanced countries.

Employers welcome the inclusion of nuclear energy and gas as clean energy sources

Employers associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE) welcome the decision of the European Parliament (EP), which approved the inclusion of nuclear and gas among green investments. In the context of the energy crisis and the sharp increase in energy prices, which the entire European Union (EU) is currently facing, they consider this decision a step in the right direction.

We need cohesion policy today more than ever

The eighth annual Cohesion Forum is currently taking place in Brussels. The top government officials of the Member States, representatives of the European institutions, academia, but also economic and social partners from all over Europe - thousands of people gathered at this event for the sole purpose of openly discussing the challenges facing the European Union (EU). and the possibilities for close cooperation between the individual states of the Union.

Incomes of the public sector in Slovakia have been growing rapidly for more than ten years - where to look for sources of funding for government social packages?

For the past thirteen years, public administration revenues in Slovakia have grown as the sixth fastest among European Union (EU) countries. Its expenses also increased significantly - the average salary of employees in the public sector increased by almost 83%. The number of state employees is constantly growing, approaching the 430,000 mark, despite the billions invested in the electronification of public administration. The tax burden on companies and wages in our country is still the highest among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The results of the analysis were prepared by the Institute of Economic and Social Analysis for the National Union of Employers (NUE).

Employers are again asking parliamentary party leaders to stop legislative anarchy

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Employers associated with the National Union of Employers are calling on the coalition and opposition parties to stop the legislative anarchy in the form of several parliamentary proposals that significantly harm the business environment. The companies are asking the leaders of the parliamentary parties that all these proposals should be withdrawn at the current meeting of the National Council of the Slovak Republic.

6CEE DECLARATION OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN EMPLOYERS

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The current energy crisis resulting especially from the war in Ukraine, marked by unseen scarcity and price hikes in the EÚ, represents an unprecedented challenge for the industries of Central and Eastern Europe. With up to 6 to10 fold increases in electricity and gas prices in the course of this year compared to 2021, the survival of companies in entire sectors is at risk.

Employers oppose road blockade - protests could cause widespread damage

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Employers' associations in the National Union of Employers (NUE) are openly opposed to massive roadblocks and individual border crossings. They are responding to a series of protests by road hauliers that continue today. They point out that the extensive restrictions caused by the protests are causing extensive damage to the entire logistics chain, the supply of goods and the Slovak economy.

Tripartite Dialogue - The Age of Cooperation

#social dialogue
The project contributes not only to the improvement of social dialogue, but also to the development and strengthening of the effectiveness of structures and processes of labour relations in Slovakia. At the same time, the evaluation index of the Program Statement of the Government of the Slovak Republic comprehensively points to the importance of social dialogue for the general public, which will be regularly informed about priorities, intersections of public policies and current requirements of entrepreneurs.

Educating for the future - preparing students for the green labor market

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Environmental protection and the green economy are on the rise - current trends are placing increasing emphasis on environmental friendliness and long-term sustainability in all areas of social life and the economy, including industry. The production of individual products uses less and less energy and uses sustainable and recyclable materials. Labor market requirements are changing - the question of how to obtain future experts in the field of green economy is increasingly being debated. Therefore, NUE has prepared a study that examines the possibilities of creating a new group of teaching and study fields of education that reflect the green transformation of society.

Employers' meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Development of the war in Ukraine, the sixth sanctions package of the European Union, cutting off Slovakia and domestic companies from Russian oil, energy, the rule of law, and possible risks that threaten individual member states in connection with the escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict - those were the main topics of today's joint meeting between employers of NUE and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivan Korčok.

WorkTransitionCEE

What will happen to the millions of European citizens affected by both automation and the COVID-19 crisis in the following years and what skills we need to develop to keep pace with a constantly changing world of work are questions that WorkTransitionCEE project will try to find answers for – a project co-financed by the European Union that brings together six representative social partners from Central and Eastern Europe.

Rising costs and new restrictions - employers criticize more parliamentary proposals that no one cares about

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Members of the Slovak Parliament have already moved several parliamentary proposals to the second reading, which fundamentally increase the tax and levy burden on employers and will have significant negative impacts on domestic businesses. Proposals continue to be created behind closed doors and without professional discussion with employers. The largest employers' unions and organizations criticize this procedure and request the withdrawal of proposals.

Declaration on Fit for 55 package

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We, as the representatives of the industry and employers’ associations of the Central and Eastern European region, acknowledge the objectives of the EU Green Deal and its “Fit for 55” update and are ready to contribute responsibly to the EU climate neutrality target by 2050. Such profound transformation, however, is an unprecedented technological and economic challenge, requiring enormous capital spending on research and development, rethinking of production processes, and deploying breakthrough technologies to deliver substantial emission reductions.

Employers are demanding more effective tools for controlling employees

Employers of the NUE demand more effective tools to control the vaccination of their employees. Companies also lack an evaluation of the anti-pandemic measures from the first two waves of the pandemic and, on that basis, a comprehensive strategy to combat the pandemic.

Employers condemn Russia's attack on Ukraine and are ready to help

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Employers associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE) publicly condemn the Russian Federation's attack on Ukraine. They point out that Russia, through its violent and barbaric actions, has grossly violated all the principles on which advanced international law operates. Crossing the borders of the sovereign and sovereign state that Ukraine is and the subsequent unleashing of a military conflict are considered unacceptable. They therefore call on politicians to stop politicizing, to take a united stand and to provide immediate assistance to Ukraine and its people in these difficult times.

A cure for acute shortage of workers? Employers' distrust in the quality of vocational school graduates? The NUE pilot project brings a solution that will help schools and graduates, but also companies

Significant increase in the chances of graduates of secondary vocational schools to apply, a quality guarantee that will make it easier for employers to find new employees and confirm that jobseekers are trained in accordance with real labor market needs. The project brings added value to schools that are leading students to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for practice. Thanks to NUE, hundreds of the best recent high school graduates from all over Slovakia received certificates that confirm the quality of the acquired knowledge and skills this school year.

Innovative and competitive Slovakia: use our food industry and use the benefits of digitization to your advantage?

The development of digitization and automation is significantly changing the functioning of most economic sectors. At the same time, it sets new requirements for the skills of employees. The question of success in the process of digital transformation is the degree of readiness of all of us - businesses, households and the state. The current challenges facing Slovakia in this area and the possibilities of deepening the government's closer cooperation with the social partners were the subject of today's interactive workshop of the National Union of Employers (NUE).

Industry 4.0: The revolution has begun, the disappearance or change of thousands of jobs is approaching, NUE presents a rescue plan

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As many as 65 percent of today's elementary school students will take up jobs in the future that do not yet exist. In the context of Industry 4.0, Slovakia is one of the most vulnerable OECD countries - up to two out of three jobs will soon be threatened here as a result of the Industrial Revolution. The changes that will occur in the coming years will have a radical impact on the Slovak labor market. The number of people of working age will drop significantly, the problem will be significant aging of the population and brain drain abroad. In what directions will the occupations and jobs change? What skills do people have to acquire in order not to lose their careers? The answers to these questions are provided by the strategic document Job 4.0 from the NUE experts.

Companies urgently need a game changing EU solution on energy and effective policies to improve competitiveness

Today, the Presidents of BusinessEurope’s 40 member federations gathered in Stockholm at the invitation of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. They presented their priorities for the future Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union to Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Minister for European Affairs Jessika Roswall. They also discussed how the EU should support the industry during the energy crisis while preserving the Single Market with Commissioner Thierry Breton.

MPs of Smer-SD are abusing the non-existent agreement in the amendment of the Labor Code

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Employers associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE) draw attention to further contradictory statements of the opposition Smer-SD in connection with the amendment to the Labor Code, which envisages the re-linking of wage supplements for work during weekends and at night to the minimum wage. They consider the information about the alleged agreement on the introduction of "compensation for employers" to be misleading and continue to demand the withdrawal of the proposal from the deliberations of the National Council of the Slovak Republic (NR SR).