Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council:
Extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 20/06/2013 First transmission: 20/06/2013
Today, the EPSCO Council will hold a policy debate on the European Semester 2013 in the field of employment and social policy. It will discuss youth employment in preparation for the forthcoming European Council's debate on this important issuse.
It will be called on to reach a general approach on the European globalisation adjustment fund regulation and on supplementary pension rights directive. It will take note of progress reports on the posting of workers directive and on a regulation on a fund for European aid to the most deprived.
Ministers will take stock of progress reports on a directive improving the gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges and related measures, and on a directive on equal treatment.
The Council is due to adopt conclusions on : "Towards social investment for growth and cohesion", and Women and the media: Advancing their roles as decision-makers".
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||SOUNDBITE by Richard Bruton, Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and President in office of the Council (In English) saying that: Today we are looking forward to a discussion firstly on the European Semester process with the country specific recommendations being brought through, we are hoping to achieve agreement on that. There has been a lot of effort this year to coordinate the work of different committees so that countries would have more advanced knowledge on what is being recommended and a chance to debate those more fully. We hope this year the process has improved and we think it is a process that is going to continue to evolve. There is a very important dimension of Europe adopting common positions, getting a more collaborative approach on policy making. The other issue we will be discussing today is the globalization fund, this has been an important fund for workers that have been displaced by major events that have displaced large companies. It has been very successful in the past, there has been a lot of difficulty on reaching agreement but we are going to work very hard in an effort to get an agreement among member states to allow this fund to proceeed. As we enter the council, it is clear there are divergent views that need to be reconciled.
||SOUNDBITE by Joan Bruton, Irish Minister for Social Protection (In English) saying that: Today we will have the opportunity to have a very detailed discussion on the priority of the Irish presidency in relation to EPSCO and that is the youth guarantee. I am happy to say that having made this the key objective of our presidency, we have now reached agreement and we will hear a detailed discussion from the colleagues in the member states. I am looking forward to hearing creative and innovative ideas together with the progress that has been made in relation to the MFF and the budget. I think we are on the cusp of being in a position to see real action on youth unemployment right throughout member states from next January. It is important because we have so many young people, at the moment more than 5,5 million who are not in employment, not in education or training. It is really important the Council of Employment and Social welfare ministers sends out a strong message of hope to young people that Europe is about them and for them and that the youth guarantee framework will give them that opportunity.
||Hillevi Engström, Swedish Minister for Employment
||András Doncsev, Hungarian Minister for Human Resources
||Ursula von der Leyen, German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
||Mariana Campeanu, Romanian Minister for Labour, Family and Social Protection
||Monica De Coninck, Belgian Minister for Employment