Council of Employment, Social Policy and Health Ministers, Brussels, Belgium

10 March 2014: Council of Employment, Social Policy and Health Ministers, Brussels, Belgium
The EU’s Council of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Ministers will meet on 10 March in Brussels.
Key issues under discussion will be the 2014 European Semester guidance for employment and social policies, the adoption of the European Fund for Aid to the Most Deprived, and of the Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships. The EPSCO Council will also hold a first debate on the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy.
The meeting will be chaired by Ioannis Vroutsis, Greek Minister of Labour, Social Security and Welfare.
The European Commission will be represented by László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

During the informal lunchtime debate Ministers of Employment will have an exchange of views on the implementation of the [ ]Youth Employment Initiative and the [ ]Youth Guarantee.
The Council will also discuss how to make the best use of of the financial resources available at EU level, in particular the Youth Employment Initiative (worth 6 billion € over the 2014-2020 period) and the European Social Fund.
The Commission will hold a conference in Brussels on 8th April 2014 to take stock of Member States’ progress on implementation of the Youth Guarantee. Youth employment as such remains a priority for the Greek Presidency.

Furthermore, the Council is due to adopt the [ ]Quality Framework for Traineeships, an initiative that will enable trainees to acquire high-quality work experience under safe and fair conditions, and to increase their chances of finding a good quality job. The Recommendation is a crucial step in facilitating school to work transitions and making the [ ]Youth Guarantee a reality.

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