The SPC serves as a vehicle for cooperative exchange between Member States and the European Commission in the framework of the Open Method of Co-ordination on social inclusion, health care and long-term care as well as pensions ("Social" OMC).
In particular, the Committee plays a central role in preparing the discussion in the Council on the annual Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion.
The Committee also prepares reports, formulates opinions or undertakes other work within its fields of competence, at the request of either the Council or the Commission or on its own initiative.
Opinions and other working documents produced by the Social Protection Committee are available using the documents database on this website.
The main outputs of the SPC are:
The Social Protection Committee documents can also be downloaded from the Council of the European Union's public register.
The SPC is composed of two delegates from each Member State and the Commission. The Committee elects a Chairperson who holds office for a two-year non-renewable period.
The Chairperson is aided by a bureau consisting of the Commission, two elected Vice-Presidents and two further Vice-Presidents, one representing the country currently holding the Presidency of the Council and another from the succeeding Presidency.
The current composition of the Bureau is as follows : Thomas Dominique (Chair), Jerzy Ciechanski (Vice-Chair), Muriel Rabau (Vice-Chair)
The Committee's Secretariat is provided by the Commission. The current Secretary of the SPC is Mr. Dimo Iliev.
To support its work, the Committee has set up the Indicators sub-group (ISG).