Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO):
extracts from the press conference by the Polish Presidency and the European Commission
Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 03/10/2011 First transmission: 03/10/2011
The Council meeting chaired by Ms J. FEDAK, Minister of Labour and
Social Policy of Poland held 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 will discuss "Europe of migration and mobility – future challenges and
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General View (2 shots)
||Soundbite in Polish, Jolanta FEDAK, Polish Minister for Labour and Social Policy: "We had a good debate launched by the Polish Presidency incorporated into the epsco agenda; it's the food aid for the most deprived. Most countries that took part in the debate broadly agree on the need to continue the programme and some Countries pointed procedure limitation in this respect ".
||Soundbite in English, László ANDOR, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion: "After listening carefully to many of the views expressed today where the large majority support the programme with the new legal basis as well as those in the European Parliament, the Commission has decided to reintroduce the 100% EU funding".
||Soundbite in English, László ANDOR: "In the current context of financial crisis, certain participating member state will not be able to secure the national funding, so we must help them. We cannot let those most vulnerable pay the highest price. For the future, the Commission considers that the scheme is closely linked with the Europe 20/20 headline target in promoting social inclusion and fighting poverty".
||Soundbite in English, László ANDOR: "Concerning the European social Fund, you probably know that the Commission is planning to publish its proposal for regulations on the 6 of October. As the Commission announced in the June communication on the multi annual financial framework, the social fund future priority will be fully aligned on the Europe 20/20 strategy but this should not remain empty words, this also means very serious commitments".
||Soundbite in English, László ANDOR: "Another important issue that has been discussed not just today but also in previous presidency conferences in the last 18months in the context of the ESF was conditionality. I believe building on the contributions of various stakeholders or the member states, we can develop a balanced concept of conditionality that keeps and preserves room for flexibility but also sets clear conditions for the efficient use EU finds and to ensure that these funds are used to support the objectives we all share on the EU level and the priorities that the Member-States and the Region choose for themselves".