Agenda of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) 8th July 2019, Brussels

Department for Work and Pensions written statement – made on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will take place on 8th July 2019 in Brussels. The Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union, Katrina Williams, will represent the UK.

This extraordinary meeting of the Council is held to deal with the traditional “Spring Package” of items relating to the EU Semester, which exceptionally were not available in time for its meeting on 13th June. The Council is to approve non-binding Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) to Member States, and it will receive a joint opinion of the Employment and Social Protection Committees assessing the 2019 CSRs and the implementation of those from 2018. The Council will also adopt Guidelines for the Employment Policies of the Member States 2019, the substance of which is rolled-forward from last year’s guidelines.

Additionally, there will be policy debates on the “economy of wellbeing” and on “employment aspects of the strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy”.

Under other business, the Commission will provide information on international developments in the area of social and employment policy.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1651