European Union

"Disappointed" By Working Hours Flop

Negotiations broke down this week between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers over what is called the EU Working Hours Directive. Basically a set of rules from Brussels limiting how many hours people are allowed to work each week.

While many countries, like Sweden, abide by the rules, others, such as the UK, are currently enjoying an opt-out, meaning that while Swedes can work a maximum of 48 hours a week, their British colleagues can work up to 78 hours. But is that a good or a bad thing? Anna Bergsten from the Swedish Ministry of Employment explains the Swedish standpoint.