Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 2947th meeting: extracts from the common press conference by Petr Šimerka, Michael Kocáb and Vladimir Spidla on Employment and Social Policy
On 8 May, the 2947th meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO), was held in Luxembourg, and chaired by Petr Šimerka, Czech Minister for Labour and Social Affairs and President in office of the Council.
The main point of the meeting included preparation of the contribution to the European Council to be held in June regarding solutions to the impacts of the current economic crisis on unemployment.
Based on the message of the Employment Summit the European Commission prepared two crucial communications “Communication on a shared commitment for employment” and “Dealing with the impact of an ageing population in the EU”.
As a part of preparations for the European Council the EU27 Ministers should adopt conclusions on the concept of flexicurity in times of crisis and conclusions on social services in the context of active inclusion and new jobs.
In addition, the Council discussed the draft decision on the main directions of employment policy in EU Member States in 2009. The priorities of this decision include the following: attempts to maintain employment, to increase the adaptability of workers and businesses and to increase investments in education and training.
Within the framework of the report on the third phase of transitional measures, the European Commission will publish information on the argumentation of Germany and Austria in favour of prolonging restrictions imposed on the free movement of workers on their labour markets until 2011.
Following the Council meeting, Petr Šimerka, Michael Kocáb, Czech Minister for Human Rights and National Minorities, and Vladimír Špidla, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, gave a joint press conference. SHOTLIST