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Employment and Social Policy Council on 19 June

18/06/2014 Employment and Social Policy Council on 19 June

The EU's Council of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Ministers will meet on 19 and 20 June in Luxembourg.

Key employment and social issues will be discussed on 19 June. The meeting  will be chaired by Ioannis Vroutsis, Greek Minister of Labour, Social Security and Welfare.

The European Commission will be represented by László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

European Semester 2014

The Council is due to agree its opinion for submission to the European Council on this year's draft Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) in the framework of the fourth European Semester within the Europe 2020 strategy.

The draft Recommendations are based on detailed analyses of each country's situation and provide guidance on how to boost growth, increase competitiveness and create jobs in 2014-2015. This year, for the first time, the Commission used the scoreboard of key employment and social indicators to draw attention in a number of draft Country Specific Recommendations to reforms needed to support job creation, fight unacceptably high levels of unemployment, strengthen the resilience of labour markets and address rising inequalities and poverty.

This year, the draft CSRs recognise that Member States are making substantial efforts to implement the Youth Guarantee, the key policy that all Member States have committed to implement to tackle youth unemployment. Nevertheless, delivering on the objectives of a Youth Guarantee requires strategic reforms to achieve more successful transitions from school to the labour market. This is reflected in the analyses of all EU Member States and the CSRs for 18 Member States - of which 8 specifically require more decisive action to implement of the Youth Guarantee.

Report on long-term care

The Council is due to endorse the "Joint Report on adequate social protection for long-term care needs in an ageing society" prepared by the Commission and the Social Protection Committee (the advisory committee comprising representatives of Member States' public administrations dealing with social protection).

The report discusses the growing gap between the need for long-term care and the supply of care. It also examines how Member States can organise adequate provision for long-term care needs in a sustainable way, despite the ageing of the population.

The report outlines the need for Member States to move to a proactive policy approach in order to prevent the loss of autonomy for patients, which would in turn reduce care demand. It also seeks to boost efficient, cost-effective care at home and in residential institutions.

Economically, it makes sense for Member States to decrease the risk of dependency on long term care and to ensure adequate access to affordable quality care, as well as support to informal carers.

European Platform on undeclared work

The Council will seek to reach a 'general approach' on the Commission's April 2014 proposal for a European Platform to enhance cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work. The Platform would bring together various national enforcement bodies involved in the fight against undeclared work, a phenomenon that causes serious damage to working conditions, fair competition and public budgets.

Also on the agenda

Participants will also discuss the ex-ante coordination of major social policy reforms, the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020, the implementation of the Youth Guarantee and the results of the recent 103rd International Labour Conference, held in Geneva from 28 May to 12 June 2014.

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