Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 3053th meeting: round table (Employment and Social Affairs)

Type: Report   Reference: I-068262   Duration: 00:01:00  Lieu:
End production: 06/12/2010   First transmission: 06/12/2010
The 3053rd meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council was held on 6 and 7 December 2010 in Brussels. The meetings were chaired by Joëlle Milquet, acting Belgian Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities, Laurette Onkelinx, acting Belgian Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health, and Michel Daerden, acting Belgian Minister for Pensions and Big Cities. On 6 December, the Ministers discussed employment and social affairs issues. The Council discussed the draft directive on maternity leave for the first time since the European Parliament adopted its first-reading position and took note of a presidency progress report on the directive on equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. Ministers adopted two sets of conclusions concerning gender, one on the implementation of the strategy on equality between women and men, and one on the fight against the gender pay gap. Ministers exchanged views on employment policies in the Europe 2020 strategy and the European Semester, and adopted two opinions paving the way for the new governance structure under the European Semester. During lunch, ministers discussed the social dimension in the national reform programmes in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy. Furthermore, the Council adopted a general approach on a draft decision declaring 2012 as the year of active ageing. Ministers adopted conclusions on the social dimension in the framework of the Europe 2020 strategy. They held a policy debate on the future of pensions systems and adopted conclusions on adequate and sustainable pensions. Ministers adopted a declaration on the fight against poverty and social exclusion to mark the closing of the 2010 European Year against poverty and social exclusion. Finally, the Council adopted conclusions on social services of general interest.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:04
00:00:04 Dolores Cristina, Maltese Minister for Education, Employment and the Family 00:00:04
00:00:09 László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (2 shots) 00:00:10
00:00:19 Inger Støjberg, Danish Minister for Employment 00:00:04
00:00:24 Miklós Réthelyi, Hungarian Minister for National Resources 00:00:04
00:00:28 Rudolf Hundstorfer, Austrian Federal Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection 00:00:05
00:00:33 Henk Kamp, Dutch Minister for Social Affairs and Employment 00:00:04
00:00:38 Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, French Minister for Solidarity and Social Cohesion 00:00:04
00:00:43 Joëlle Milquet, acting Belgian Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities and President in office of the Council, talking to Viviane Reding 00:00:09
00:00:52 Hillevi Engström, Swedish Minister for Employment 00:00:04
00:00:56 View of the round table 00:00:03
00:01:00 Joëlle Milquet 00:00:05
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