Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, (Employment and Social Policy) 15/03/2019 - Main results

Met dank overgenomen van Raad van de Europese Unie (Raad) i, gepubliceerd op vrijdag 15 maart 2019, 18:30.

Main results

Employment and Social Policy

Ministers held a policy debate on the European Semester 2019, based on a Presidency steering note entitled "The European Pillar of Social Rights - an initiative for improving the functioning of the labour market and social protection systems across the EU i".

Presidency steering note

Linked to its debate on the European Semester the Council adopted the Joint Employment Report 2019 (JER). This report will be submitted to the European Council on 21-22 March, in line with Article 148 (1) of the TFEU, to "consider the employment situation and adopt conclusions thereon".

Joint Employment Report

As part of the same debate Ministers adopted Conclusions on the 2019 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report. The Conclusions will feed into the main messages from the EPSCO Council to the European Council on 21-22 March.

Conclusions on the 2019 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report

We are all very encouraged with the improving social situation in Europe. Within the EU we are witnessing a record high employment rate, which is back to pre-crisis levels. But we should not be complacent. More efforts are needed to tackle serious challenges such as significant disparities between member States and the high rate of youth unemployment in some areas.

Marius-Constantin Budăi, Minister of Labour and Social Justice of Romania

As part of the European semester, the Commission presented the 2019 Country Reports. This presentation will be followed by the Commission's proposal on the draft CSR's which are expected in May 2019.

List of Country Reports

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund

The Council reached a partial general approach (the Council's position) on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). The fund is designed to support Member States where unexpected major restructuring events occur, particularly events caused by globalisation-related challenges. The Council's position does not cover the budgetary aspects or provisions of horizontal nature, pending further progress on the next multiannual financial framework (MFF).

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF)

Ministers held a lunch debate, based on a Presidency steering note. The topic was Developing adult skills - a priority in the context of socio-economic changes in the EU.

Presidency steering note

The Council also held a policy debate on the Social dimension of Europe post 2020 based on a Presidency discussion paper.

Discussion paper

Any other business

Ministers were briefed by the Presidency and the Commission on the Tripartite Social Summit which will take place on 20 March. The main theme of the summit will be "For a stronger, united and forward-looking Europe".

The Presidency also informed Ministers about a large number of current legislative proposals in the fields of employment, labour law and health and safety at work:

Directive on the accessibility requirements for products and services

Directive on Work-life balance

Revision of Directive on carcinogens and mutagens (3rd batch)

Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions

Regulation on establishing a European Labour Authority

Revision of the Regulations on the coordination of social security systems (883/04 and 987/09)

The Commission briefed Ministers on the state of play of the Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI). Members States are supposed to finalise their national implementation of EESSI by July 2019.

Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI): state of play

The Chairs of the Employment Committee (EMCO) and the Social Protection Committee (SPC) presented to Ministers the work programmes of their respective committees for 2019.

Work Programme of the Employment Committee for 2019

Work Programme of the Social Protection Committee for 2019

Meeting information

Meeting n°3679



Preparatory documents

Background brief

Provisional agenda

Indicative programme

List of A items, non-legislative activities

Outcome documents

Video footage of the meeting

List of participants


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