Labour cost reimbursement scheme

Finnish shipping is supported within the boundaries of the state aid rules set out by the EU Commission. The EU aims for competition neutrality with regard to flag of convenience countries.

For shipping, this is not a question of aid as such, but a labour cost reimbursement scheme where the state reimburses the employees’ taxes and their social security and pension contributions.

The system safeguards the competitiveness of responsible European shipowners in relation to flag of convenience countries.

Finnish Shipowners’ Association