Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 14-15 June 2021 (updated 11/6)
14 June - 15 June
Employment, social affairs and health ministers will meet in Luxembourg. For employment and social affairs (14 June) they will discuss minimum wages, the follow up of the Porto Social Summit and the new challenges for social dialogue and collective bargaining. On the agenda for health matters (15 June) are a reinforced role for the European Medicines Agency in crisis preparedness, and access to medicines and medical devices.
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Employment and social affairs (Monday 14 June)
Follow up of the Porto Social Summit
EU ministers responsible for employment and social affairs will hold a policy debate on the follow up of the Porto Social Summit (7 May 2021) focusing on the next steps in the implementation of the European Social Pillar. In particular, ministers are asked to share their views on setting national targets and monitoring progress within the European Semester process.
European Child Guarantee
The Council is expected to adopt a recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee. The aim of the recommendation is to prevent and combat social exclusion of children in need by guaranteeing access to a set of key services.
The European Child Guarantee would be the first EU-level policy instrument to break the cycle of disadvantage and exclusion during childhood leading to disadvantage in adult life. It puts into practice Principle 11 of the European Pillar of Social Rights on “Childcare and support to children”.
Ministers will discuss the proposed directive on adequate minimum wages in the EU.
Ministers will also hold a policy debate on new challenges for social dialogue and collective bargaining.
At the meeting, ministers are also expected to adopt conclusions on:
- the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on gender equality
- the strategy for the rights of persons with disabilities
Also on the agenda is the European Semester and in particular an assessment of the implementation of the 2020 and 2019 country-specific recommendations and an opinion of the Employment and Social Protection Committees on a proposal for a revised Social Scoreboard.
Ministers will finally be informed by the presidency on the state of play of ongoing legislative proposals:
- a draft directive on gender balance on company boards
- stricter rules to protect workers from the risks of carcinogens and mutagens
- revision of regulations on the coordination of social security systems
Health (Tuesday 15 June)
Reinforced role of the European Medicines Agency
Ministers will aim to adopt a Council position (‘general approach’) on rules to reinforce the role of the European Medicines Agency in crisis preparedness and management for medicinal products and medical devices. They will also take stock of progress on proposals to revise the regulation establishing the European centre for disease prevention and control and on serious cross-border health threats.
Ministers will exchange views on the pandemic situation.
Access to medicines and medical devices
Ministers are expected to approve conclusions on access to medicines and medical devices for a stronger and resilient EU.
Ministers will be informed by the presidency on:
- the state of play of draft rules on health technology assessment
- global health initiatives
They will also receive an update from the Commission on the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
- Meeting n°3802
- 14-15 June 2021
- Provisional agenda
- List of A items, legislative deliberations
- List of A items, non-legislative activities
- Background brief
- Media advisory – Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of 14-15 June 2021 – 11 June 2021, 12:00
- Media advisory – Press briefing ahead of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of 14-15 June 2021 – 4 June 2021, 16:00
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