EMCO is the main advisory committee for Employment and Social Affairs Ministers in the Employment and Social Affairs Council (EPSCO) in the employment field. (List of EMCO members)
EMCO meets regularly throughout the year, and holds regular discussions with the European social partners (trade unions and employers). It also meets regularly with other related committees (especially the committees for Economic Policy, Social Protection, and Education) to discuss issues of joint interest.
EMCO has two sub-groups:
The majority of EMCO's work nowadays is centred around advising Ministers on the European Semester. EMCO:
Since 2011, EMCO has pioneered work on monitoring member countries’ progress implementing reforms within the Semester and working towards the EU2020 targets. This process is known as multilateral surveillance. It relies on a number of tools:
EMCO also has an important role in monitoring the implementation of the Youth Guarantee and the Recommendation on Long-Term Unemployment. It does so through a combination of reviews of the progress of individual Member States towards the objectives of the guarantee and an agreed indicator framework for both Youth and Long-Term Unemployment.