Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council: extracts from the arrivals and roundtable
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 28/02/2013 First transmission: 28/02/2013
On 28 February, Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council is taking place
The meeting, which will be exclusively dedicated to employment and social policy issues, will be chaired by Joan Burton, the Irish Minister for Social Protection, and Richard Bruton, the Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
The Council will seek to reach political agreement on a proposal for a Council recommendation on establishing a "youth guarantee", as a key part of the response to the youth unemployment crisis. Furthermore, the Commission will make a presentation to the Council on a "social investment package", following which ministers may have an initial exchange of views. The package sets out a framework for policy reforms aimed at investing in people’s skills and capabilities and enhancing
social protection while making it more sustainable.
In the afternoon, the Council will hold a debate on the employment and social policy aspects of the 2013 European Semester exercise, with a view to contributing to the broader discussions that the European Council will have at its meeting on 14 and 15 March.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, arriving
||SOUNDBITE (English) László Andor: We need new instruments to fight unemployment and particularly youth unemployment and that's why the youth guarantee is on the agenda. I hope that the ministers will adopt today the scheme that the commission proposed. It is also very helpful that the council in the meantime created a new youth employment initiative with 6 billion euros which certainly will not be enough to implement the youth guarantee, but the member states can pull other instruments like the social fund and national resources in order to implement the youth guarantee as soon as possible.
||László Andor entering
||Joan Burton, Irish Minister for Social Protection and President-in-office of the Council
||Ursula von der Leyen, German Federal Minister for Labour and Social affairs, arriving
||SOUNDBITE (German) Ursula von der Leyen: We have secured 6 billion euros for youth unemployment and it is important to use the whole sum upfront and not to spread it over 7 years. Our task as employment ministers is to see how we can implement this, which instruments we need. We believe that the apprenticeship model of Germany is a very successful one and should be transfered to Europe.
||Fátima Báñez, Spanish minister for Labour and Social Security
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Fátima Báñez: The youth guarantee that we are going to approve in the Council is a strategy to fight youth unemployment. That is a strategy which will offer training in order to insert the labour market.