Employment and Social Policy (Thursday 13 June 2019)
Ministers held a public policy debate on the employment and social policy aspects of the European Semester 2019, based on a note prepared by the Employment Committee (EMCO) and the Social Protection Committee (SPC). The outcome of the discussions will provide input for the European Council discussions on 21-22 June.
The debate was based on questions, prepared by the presidency.
The Council took note of a progress report on the proposal for a directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.
The Council also adopted conclusions on closing the Gender Pay Gap.
Closing the gender pay gap remains a priority for the EU and its member states. But at 16% the gender pay gap in the EU is still relatively high. We need to do more than introducing equal pay for equal work. We need to ensure equality in education, but also conditions for better balance between work and family life for both men and women.
Marius-Constantin Budai, Minister of Labour and Social Justice of Romania
Ministers adopted Council conclusions on the changing world of work.
The Council adopted conclusions on a European Court of Auditors’ Special Report on the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived.
Draft Council Conclusions on the European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 5/2019: "FEAD - Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived: Valuable support but its contribution to reducing poverty is not yet established"
In the margins of the Council
Bratislava (Slovakia) was selected to host the seat of the future European Labour Authority (ELA). The decision on the seat of the ELA was taken by common agreement of the member states' representatives after holding a vote in the margins of the Council.
Any other business
Ministers were briefed by the Commission on the issue of gender balance on company boards.
The Presidency provided information on two current legislative proposals:
Regulation on European Social Statistics
Revision of the Regulations on Coordination of Social Security Systems (883/04 and 987/09).
Work on both files will continue under the incoming Finnish presidency.
The Maltese delegation informed ministers about the prioritization of gender budgeting in the future multiannual financial framework (MFF).
Work programme of the incoming Finnish presidency
The Finnish delegation presented its priorities in the areas of employment and social policy.
14 June 2019
10:00 Public session (health)
13:50 Press conference (health)
Agenda highlights (Friday 14 June 2019)
Ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on combatting antimicrobial resistance.
Ministers will hold a debate on how to use EU funds to support health investments.
Any other business
Among other topics, ministers will be informed on the progress made on the proposal for a regulation on health technology assessment.