20-21 June 2013: Council of Employment, Social Policy and Health Ministers, Luxembourg

20-21 June 2013: Council of Employment, Social Policy and Health Ministers, Luxembourg

The EU’s Council of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Ministers will meet to discuss employment, social policy and health on 20-21 June in Luxembourg under the Irish Presidency chairmanship of Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection, Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Ciarán Cannon, Minister for Training and Skills. The European Commission will be represented by Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor and Vice-President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding. The Health part will be chaired by Mr James Reilly, Minister for Health and the Commission will be represented by Commissioner Tonio Borg.


Among others, the following issues will be discussed:


– European Semester 2013

The Council will start with a policy debate on the European Semester 2013 with a view to the approval of the country-specific recommendations (CSRs) proposed by the Commission in May. The outcome of the Council of Employment and Social Affairs Ministers’ discussion on the CSRs, together with the one taking place in the Council of Economic and Finance Ministers, will be transmitted to the General Affairs Council in preparation of the European Council, which endorses the CSRs before their formal adoption by the Council in July.


– Public Employment Services (PES)

Commissioner Andor will present to the Council the proposal for a Decision of the Council and European Parliament on ‘Enhanced cooperation between Public Employment Services’, presented by the Commission on 17 June.


– Youth employment

The Council will hold a policy debate on youth employment, with a view to contribute to the discussion on this topic at the forthcoming European Council of 27-28 June. Ministers are to exchange views on their intended actions to implement the Youth Guarantee and to improve labour mobility for young people.

Commissioner Andor will present the Communication on Youth Employment adopted by the Commission on 19 June. The Commissioner will outline its key components, in particular the urgent implementation of the Youth Guarantee supported by investment in young people through the European Social Fund, front-loading of the Youth Employment Initiative, support for intra-EU labour mobility with EURES, specific steps to ease the transition from education to work by boosting the supply of high-quality apprenticeships and traineeships and addressing skills shortages, and measures to support job creation and hiring of young people, especially by SMEs.


The live webcast will start at 9.35 am CET [ http://video.consilium.europa.eu/ ]here .


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