Agenda of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO), 19 October 2017, Luxembourg

Department for Work and Pensions written statement – made on 19th October 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 23 October 2017 in Luxembourg. Margot James, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will represent the UK.

The Council will be invited to agree a general approach on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services. The Council will also be invited to agree a partial general approach 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 be invited to adopt the text and provide authorisation to sign on behalf of the Council the Proposal for an Interinstitutional Proclamation on the European Pillar of Social Rights.

The Council will be invited to endorse: (i) the key messages from the Employment Committee based on the Annual Employment Performance Report and the Employment Performance Monitor; and (ii) the main messages from the Social Protection Committee based on the Annual Review of the Social Protection Performance Monitor.

Under any other business, the Presidency and Commission will provide information on the Tripartite Social Summit. The Presidency will provide information on the Tallinn Digital Summit. The Commission will provide information on the New Skills Agenda for Europe. There will be a presentation by the European Institute for Gender Equality on the new edition of the Gender Equality Index.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS180