Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (Employment, Social Policy and Health issues) Thursday 7th December 2017 in Brussels
Thursday 7 December: Employment and Social Policy session
The Council will start at 10.00, chaired by Mr Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister for Health and Labour and Mrs Kaia Iva, Minister for Social Protection of Estonia. Most of the meeting will be public and can be followed by video streaming here.
The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on, among others:
– Enhancing community-based support and care for independent living (public session, estimated time 14.30 CET – webstream link)
The Council will adopt conclusions on ‘enhancing community-based support and care for independent living’ (14636/17). The conclusions highlight the importance of taking action at different levels to enhance community-based support and care with the aim to enable independent living and invite different stakeholders to actively engage in this endeavour. The main elements around this topic have been subject of the Conference “Dignity + Independent living = DI” which was organised on 12 – 13 October 2017 in Tallinn.
The Council will seek to reach a general approach on the accessibility for products and services directive.
It is expected to agree a partial general approach on the coordination of social security systems regulation. The partial agreement concerns the chapters on long-term care benefits and family benefits.
It will take stock of progress on equal treatment and on the work-life balance directives.
Ministers will exchange views on the European Semester 2018, following the economic package presented by the Commission in November.
A Presidency press conference will be held at the end of the meeting (+/- 18.00 CET).
Draft Programme – available here
Background briefing – available here
Enhancing Community-Based Support and Care for Independent Living – Draft Council Conclusions
The draft Council Conclusions text, tabled at the initiative of the Estonian Presidency, was finalised by the Social Questions Working Party after preparatory input from the Social Protection Committee (SPC).