Agenda of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) 3 March 2017, Brussels

Department for Work and Pensions written statement – made on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will take place on 3rd March in Brussels. I will be representing the UK.

The Council will be invited to an orientation debate on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation 883 on the coordination of social security systems and Regulation 987 laying down the procedure for implementing Regulation 883. The Council will also be invited to a policy debate on the European Semester and the implementation of country-specific recommendations.

The Council will be invited to adopt draft Council Conclusions on the 2017 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment report, and to adopt the draft Joint Employment reports. As part of this, the Commission will also present the 2017 Country Reports, published 22 February. The Council will be invited to adopt the draft Council Conclusions on enhancing the skills of women and men in the EU Labour Market.

There will be a joint presentation by the Commission and the Presidency on the Tripartite Social Summit.

Under any other business, there will be information from the Commission about the communication on modernisation of the EU Occupational Safety and Health legislation and policy, and information in follow-up to their recent communication on Investing in Europe's Youth. There will be information from the Presidency on the state of play of the legislative proposal on Posting of Workers. The Chairs of the Employment Committee (EMCO) and the Social Protection Committee (SPC) will provide information on their respective work programmes for 2017. There will be information from the European Institute for Gender Equality on the key findings of their study titled “Economic benefits of gender equality in the EU”. The Portuguese delegation will provide information on the upcoming UNECE International Conference "A sustainable society for all ages: Realising the potential of living longer" (Lisbon, 21-22 September 2017).

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS514