9-10 December 2013: Council of Employment, Social Policy and Health Ministers
The EU’s Council of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Ministers will meet on 9 and 10 December in Brussels.
Key issues under discussion on 9th December will be the proposed Directive to enforce EU rules on posting of workers, a proposal to improve co-operation between Public Employment Services, implementation of measures to tackle youth unemployment, the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union, Roma inclusion and improving the gender balance in Europe’s boardrooms.
On 10th of December, the Council will discuss the medical devices package and future EU work on modern, responsive and sustainable health systems. The European Commission will be represented by Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner, László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health and Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for Consumer Policy.
Concerning youth employment, the Council will hold an exchange of views on this issue, notably on the Commission’s proposal for a Council Recommendation on a Quality framework for traineeships and on implementation of the Youth Guarantee.
Commissioner Andor will present the Quality Framework for Traineeships, an initiative that will enable trainees to acquire high-quality work experience under safe and fair conditions, and to increase their chances of finding a good quality job. He will encourage the Council to agree on this Recommendation during the first half of 2014 as a crucial step to facilitate school to work transitions and to make the Youth Guarantee a reality.
Regarding the Youth Guarantee, the Commissioner Andor will thank those Member States that have already submitted their implementation plans and will urge Member States to take full advantage of the €6 billion Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), by programming activities from 1st January 2014. Member States will be able to complement YEI investments by substantial additional contributions from the European Social Fund (worth at least 10 billion per year in 2014-20) and from national budgets.
The Commission will hold a conference in Brussels on 8th April 2014 to take stock of Member States’ progress on implementation of the Youth Guarantee.
The meeting will be webcast live [ http://video.consilium.europa.eu ]here start from 10.00 am CET.
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