Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO):
extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 03/10/2011 First transmission: 03/10/2011
The Council meeting will be chaired by Ms J. FEDAK, Minister of Labour and
Social Policy of Poland. The Council will hold only a morning session, most of which will be in
The Council will hold a policy debate on the future shape of the European Social Fund and its role
in the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy.
The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on the role of voluntary work in social policy and on
managing demographic challenges through better reconciliation of work and family life.
It will take stock of preparations for the Tripartite Social summit, which will be held just before the
European Council meeting on 17 October.
Over lunch, ministers
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Ewa KOPACZ , Polish Health Minister
||Jolanta FEDAK, Polish Minister for Labour and Social Policy
||Soundbite in Polish, Jolanta FEDAK: "We hope that the Council will find a common position today both on the conclusions ant the position towards ESF as well as the programme for the most deprived".
||Jean-Marc Delizée, Belgian State Secretary for Social Affairs
||László ANDOR, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
||Soundbite in English, László ANDOR: "There's a number of issues in the agenda of the EPSCO including for example European Social Fund which is an important item on the Commission agenda this week because the new regulation will come out later this week but what is more interesting perhaps is the 'food for the deprived programme' has been in discussion recently and I will have the opportunity later today to make an announcement about this programme ; currently I'm still doing my outmost to ensure that there is future for this programme in the new financial framework and we will fully conclude today so I will have the possibility later to bring you some good news".
||Sándor CZOMBA, Hungarian Minister of State for Employment
||María Luz RODRIGUEZ FERNANDEZ, Spanish State Secretary of Employment
||Luca BELLOTTI, Italian State Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Security