German-Romanian work programme for occupational safety and health and social protection

Romania is one of the main countries of origin of foreign workers in Germany. In order to secure and improve occupational safety and health as well as social protection for Romanian workers, in particular in central areas such as agriculture, transportation and construction, the labour ministries of both countries have agreed on a work programme for the years 2023/24. Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Anette Kramme and her Romanian counterpart, State Secretary at the Romanian Labour Ministry Mădălin-Cristian Vasilcoiu, met for talks on 29 June 2023 to intensify and specify bilateral cooperation (photo).

They both emphasized the important preventative function of timely labour and social law counselling for Romanian workers before they leave for Germany and they agreed to initiate mobile counselling programmes in cooperation with the social partners. Further topics of the talks were legislative measures to strengthen the social dialogue in both countries as well as the pensions reform in Romania.


Parliamentary State Secretary Annette Kramme and Romanian State Counsellor Madalina Turza.

In a second meeting, Parliamentary State Secretary Kramme talked to the Romanian State Counsellor and National Anti-trafficking Coordinator, Madalina Turza. It was agreed to step up cooperation in fighting human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation.

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