Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO): extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 04/10/2012 First transmission: 04/10/2012
The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) is taking place in Luxemburg under the presidency of Sotiroula Charalambous, Minister for Labour and Social Insurance of Cyprus.
The Council will aim at reaching a general approach on a draft directive on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from electromagnetic fields.
The Council is expected to reach a political agreement on the position to be taken by the EU within the respective association bodies established between the EU and Albania, Montenegro, San Marino and Turkey as regards the coordination of social security systems.
Within the framework of the Europe 2020 strategy and the new European governance, the Council will hold a debate on the evaluation of the annual monitoring of budgetary policies and structural reforms, known as the European Semester. Ministers are also expected to endorse contributions by the Employment Committee and the Social Protection Committee on this issue as well as the main features of a social protection performance monitor. In addition, they will take note of ongoing work on the principles of well-functioning labour markets.
Finally, the Council will take note of the preparations for the Tripartite Social Summit to be held just before the European Council meeting on 18 October.
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||László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Sotiroulla Charalambous , Cyprus Minister for Social Affairs and Labour: Today's EPSCO Council is aiming to reach a general approach agreement on the draft directive on the electro magnetic field. It is a directive that is aiming to safeguard the workers from the exposure to electromagnetic fields. But on the other hand it is aiming to give the enterprises the ability to continue to work with electromagnetic. Our second aim is to have a political agreement on the association's agreement on the coordination of the social insurances systems of EU and Albania, Montenegro, Turkey and San Marino.
||Mars Di Bartolomeo, Luxembourg minister for Health and Social security