The Social Protection Committee (SPC) is an EU advisory policy committee for Employment and Social Affairs Ministers in the Employment and Social Affairs Council (EPSCO), established by the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (article 160), which:
- monitors social conditions in the EU and the development of social protection policies in member countries. It reports on social inclusion, health care, long-term care and pensions under the social open method of coordination
- promotes discussion and coordination of policy approaches among national governments and the Commission. It prepares Council discussions on social protection and on the country-specific recommendations in the context of the European Semester. It also produces reports and opinions on its own initiative or at the request of the Council or the Commission.
- European Pillar of Social Rights
- European Semester:
- analysis of the social protection and social inclusion aspects of the Annual Growth Survey
- multilateral reviews on the implementation of the country-specific recommendations (CSRs) and examination of the relevant aspects of the National Reform Programmes in the area of social protection and social inclusion
- discussion of the country-specific recommendations (CSRs) related to social protection and social inclusion
- horizontal assessments of the annual package of CSRs
- evaluation of the annual European Semester cycle
- Integrated Guidelines
- Social dimension of the EMU
- Mid-term-review of the Europe 2020 Strategy
- Previous years
EU countries' strategic social reporting:
- 2018 Annual Report
- 2017 Annual Report
- 2016 Annual Report
- On the social situation in the EU
- On developments in social protection policies
- Social protection systems in the EU: financing arrangements and the effectiveness and efficiency of resource allocation
- Pension adequacy
- Child poverty and well-being
- Social services of general interest
- Long-term care (key messages)
- JAF Health
Opinions and other working documents produced by the Social Protection Committee are available using the documents database for employment, social affairs & inclusion.
Social Protection Committee documents can also be downloaded from the Council of the EU's public register.
Social Protection Performance Monitor (SPPM)
The SPC developed in 2012 a monitoring tool which identifies annual key social trends to watch in the EU.
SPPM thematic reviews on the social trends to watch
2017 thematic reviews
2016 thematic reviews
- Reconciliation between private and professional lives
- Social protection aspects of sickness benefits
- The role of social protection systems in facilitating the social inclusion of refugees and asylum-seekers
2015 thematic reviews
SPPM thematic reviews on the 2014 social trends to watch
- Access to health
- Indicators and data to monitor developments in access to housing and housing exclusion
SPPM thematic reviews on the 2013 social trends to watch
SPPM thematic reviews on the 2012 social trends to watch
- The working poor in Europe
- Child poverty and social exclusion
- The poverty risk of the (quasi-) jobless households
Organisation and working methods
- Composition – 2 delegates from each EU country and the Commission. The Commission members to the SPC are Joost Korte, Director General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and Katarina Ivankovic-Knezevic, acting Director for Social Policies.
- Chairperson elected for 2-year term (renewable once): Rait Kuuse (EE)
- Bureau assisting the chairperson which consists of: the Commission, 4 Vice-Chairs (2 elected Vice-Chairs, 1 representative from the current and 1 representative from the next Council Presidency country), the SPC Secretary, the General Secretariat of the Council, and the Chairperson of the Indicators Sub-Group. Current elected Vice-Chairs: Ulrike Neufang (AT) and Peter Lelie (BE).
- Secretariat provided by the Commission through a team of officials including Georgi Karaghiozov, Paul Minty and Ginta Niedra. The current SPC Secretary is Georgi Karaghiozov.
- Indicators sub-group (ISG) – permanent sub-group, Chair: Rudi Van Dam (BE), Vice-Chair: Volker Schmitt (DE)