7 December 2017
10:15 Public session
14:50 Public session
17:00 Press conference
8 December 2017
10:10 Public session
14:15 Press conference
Employment and social policy
The Council agreed its position (general approach) on a the accessibility directive. This legislation will make it much easier for persons with disabilities to access products and services.
Everybody in Europe should be able to lead their life to the full, and have an equal opportunity to realise their potential. Today’s commitment will make it possible for people with disabilities, as well as elderly people and those with temporary health problems, to access products and services more easily. With all the smart technological solutions available today, our societies can be much more inclusive and ensure a better quality of life for all.
Kaia Iva, Minister of Social Protection of Estonia and President of the Council
The Council reached a partial agreement on its position (partial general approach) on the regulation on the coordination of social security systems. This agreement covers the chapters on long-term care benefits and family benefits. It facilitates labour mobility and introduces better safeguards of citizens' rights in cross-border situations.
The Council also reached an agreement on a directive on maritime labour convention which improves the working conditions of seafarers. It focuses on protecting seafarers' rights in case of abandonment, and provides guarantees for contractual claims in case of death or long-term disability.
The Council assessed progress on the equal treatment and work-life balance directives.
Ministers exchanged views on the European Semester 2018, following the economic package presented by the Commission in November. The Council approved the social and employment aspects of the euro area recommendation.
The Council adopted conclusions on: "The future of work: Making it e-Easy","Enhancing community-based support and care for independent living" and "Enhanced measures to reduce horizontal gender segregation in education and employment."
The Council formally adopted the directive on the protection against carcinogens or mutagens at work in order to improve protection of workers against exposure to 13 carcinogens.
Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on Employment and social policy (7 December) and on Health (8 December)