The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) will take place on 21 June 2018 in Luxembourg.
The Council will first be invited to agree a general approach on directives on work life balance for parents and carers, and transparent and predictable working conditions. The Presidency will also pursue a general approach on the revision of regulations governing the coordination of EU social security systems.
The Council will then receive progress reports on a proposal to create a European Labour Authority, and a directive related to equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.
Under non-legislative items, there will first be a policy debate on the European Semester. As part of this agenda item, the Council will be asked to approve Draft Council Recommendations on the National Reform Programmes 2018 of each Member State; endorse the opinions of the Employment Committee (EMCO) and the Social Protection Committee (SPC) on the 2018 Country-specific Recommendations (CSRs) and the implementation of the 2017 CSRs; and adopt a proposal on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States.
Following this, the Council will be asked to adopt a number of draft council conclusions on the future of work, early childhood development and free frameworks.
Under any other business, the Commission will provide information on plans for a new European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) programme and an update on recent international developments in the field of social policy. To close the meeting the Austrian delegation will outline the work programme of the incoming Presidency.
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: