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Brussels, 14 October 2013
Council of Employment and Social Policy Ministers, 15 October 2013, Luxembourg
The EU's Council of Employment and Social Policy Ministers will meet on 15 October in Luxembourg. Key issues under discussions are the posting of workers enforcement directive, implementation of measures to tackle youth unemployment and the social dimension of the EMU. The Council will be chaired by Ms Algimanta Pabedinskienė, Minister of Social Security and Labour of Lithuania. The European Commission will be represented by Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor.
Proposed enforcement Directive on posting of workers
The Council is due to start with a discussion on the proposed Directive on the enforcement of EU rules on the posting of workers. The Commission presented its proposal in March 2012 (see IP/12/267).
Commissioner László Andor will urge the Council to reach an agreement on a so called "general approach", which would constitute a basis for negotiations with the European Parliament.
Specifically, as proposed the new enforcement Directive would:
Social Dimension of the EMU
The Council is due to hold a policy debate on the Commission Communication on the Social Dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), presented on 2 October (see 893, MEMO/13/837). In its Communication, the Commission proposed to create a scoreboard to follow key employment and social developments. The indicators in the scoreboard would include:
These indicators will serve to reinforce the surveillance of major employment and social imbalances that can pose a threat to the long-term sustainability of the monetary union, therefore allowing an early identification and prevention of crisis.
Commissioner Andor will call on the Council to endorse the principle of this scoreboard. The Ministers' discussion will serve to prepare the input of the Employment and Social Affairs' Council to the October European Council. The Tripartite Social Summit taking place in Brussels on 24 October will also discuss next steps towards a social dimension of the EMU, and will contribute to enhance the involvement of the social partners.
The Council is due to discuss the state of implementation of the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative. Commissioner Andor is due to call on Member States to submit their national implementation plans as soon as possible. The Commission is ready to provide support to Member States in drafting these plans, for example by bringing together national experts at a conference on the implementation of Youth Guarantee schemes in La Hulpe on 17-18 October.
The Council is expected to adopt a Declaration on the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, following the Joint Declaration signed with the Commission and employees' and employers' representatives on 2 July (see IP/13/634). The Alliance aims to fight youth unemployment by improving the quality and supply of apprenticeships across the EU through a broad partnership of employment and education stakeholders. The Commission will welcome the Declaration, while indicating it would have preferred a more ambitious text, and will call on Member States to come forward with concrete pledges under the Alliance.
Commissioner Andor will also recall that the Commission will propose two other initiatives to fight youth unemployment before the end of the year:
Evaluation of the 2013 European Semester in employment and social policies
The Council will discuss the evaluation of the 2013 European Semester as regards employment and social policies. During the meeting the Council will be asked to endorse the contributions from the Employment and the Social Protection Committees. The Council will be invited to draw lessons from the 2013 European Semester with a view to further improving the process in 2014. The debate will be steered by a Presidency paper.
Court of Auditor's report on the EGF
The Council is due to adopt without discussion Conclusions on the European Court of Auditors' Special report: "Has the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund delivered EU added value in re-integrating redundant workers?".
AOB - On-going legislative issues
The Presidency will inform the Council on on-going legislative proposals: