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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Mission accomplished by the Luxembourg Presidency in the area of public health

    The Minister of Health, Lydia Mutsch, provided a positive general assessment of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU and of the work carried out over the past six months in the area of public health. Real progress was made on several major issues relating to the health of our citizens, such as in areas of the reduction of alcohol-related harm due to excessive consumption of alcohol; access to personalised medical care; dementia; the fight against drugs; quality of medical devices; protection against ionising radiation; as well as food safety. In all these areas, the Presidency continuously sought to tackle these problems in line with its motto, meaning placing the full focus of the measures on the patient and on innovation. The majority of the efforts were endorsed by the Council and the Ministers for Health of the Member States on 7 December 2015.

    • Informal Ministerial Meeting · News articles
    • Development
    Informal meeting of Ministers for Development Cooperation – Ministers stress the importance of development for world stability

    European Union (EU) Member State Ministers in charge of Development Cooperation met in Luxembourg on 9 and 10 December 2015 for an informal meeting marked by the closing of the European Year for Development 2015 (EYD). The negotiations underway at the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP 21), the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, as well as a discussion with NGOs were on the agenda of this meeting chaired by the Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Romain Schneider.

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    • Development
    Closing Ceremony of the European Year of Development - Xavier Bettel calls on the EU to step up its commitment to development

    The Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, and the Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Romain Schneider, took part, in the presence of Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, in the closing ceremony of the European Year of Development 2015 (EYD) which took place in the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on 9 December, on the sidelines of the informal meeting of Ministers for Development Cooperation. It was an opportunity to take stock and celebrate the achievements of the European Year of Development 2015 at EU level and in particular at Member States level, and highlighting the involvement of the many EU citizens throughout the year.

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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs, Competitiveness
    Nicolas Schmit presented the review of the Luxembourg Presidency to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

    On 9 December 2015, Luxembourg's Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicolas Schmit, appeared before the European Economic and Social Committee meeting in plenary session to present the review of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, which will end on 31 December 2015. Nicolas Schmit recalled the major challenges that the Luxembourg Presidency has faced, in particular 'unprecedented' migratory pressure and the fight against terrorism. Both are challenges which he believes require a united response from the EU, but which he regrets has not always been present.

    • Council Meeting · Press releases
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

    The Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicolas Schmit, the Minister for Social Security, Romain Schneider, the Minister for Equal Opportunities and Health, Lydia Mutsch, and the Minister for Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region, Corinne Cahen, in turn will chair the 'Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs' (EPSCO) Council to be held in Brussels on 7 December 2015.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    'Employment and social policy' session of the EPSCO Council – debate focused on promoting the social economy, the European Semester 2016 and the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market

    EU Ministers for Employment, Social Policy Issues, Equal Opportunities and Health met in Brussels on 7 December 2015 for the last Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council held under the Luxembourg Presidency. The session on employment and social policy was co-chaired by Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, and Romain Schneider, Minister for Social Security. The Council adopted conclusions on social governance for an inclusive Europe. 'We have embarked on the re-balancing of governance that fully incorporates the social policy dimension', said Nicolas Schmit. 'We are not about to develop an additional approach, but rather to take the existing instruments and try to make the best possible use of them', clarified Romain Schneider. Nicolas Schmit considered that deepening the integration of economic and monetary union must be achieved through better addressing issues relating to social protection and employment.

    • Council Meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    EPSCO Council – Ministers for Equal Opportunities fail to agree on the directive on quotas for women on company boards

    EU Ministers for Labour, Social Policy Issues, Equal Opportunities and Health met in Brussels on 7 December 2015 for the last Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council held under the Luxembourg Presidency. The part of the meeting devoted to equal opportunities was chaired by Lydia Mutsch, Minister for Health and Equal Opportunities, and Corinne Cahen, Minister for Family Affairs and Integration. The directive on quotas for women on company boards was a key focus of the Council. Ministers failed to adopt a general approach despite the fact that the Luxembourg Presidency had redrafted the text, making it more flexible.

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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    EPSCO Council – Ministers for Health adopt conclusions on the EU strategy on the reduction of alcohol-related harm, personalised medicine, dementia and lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak

    The Ministers for Health of the Member States of the European Union (EU) met in Brussels on 7 December 2015 for the last "Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumers" (EPSCO) Council held under the Luxembourg Presidency. At the meeting, chaired by Lydia Mutsch, Minister for Health, the participants adopted conclusions on four issues: the EU strategy on the reduction of alcohol-related harm, personalised medicine for patients, dementia and lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak. Lydia Mutsch particularly welcomed the adoption of conclusions on personalised medicine and dementia, two subjects which are major priorities for the Luxembourg Presidency on public health.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Nicolas Schmit has presented the Luxembourg Declaration on the Social and Solidarity Economy in Europe, signed by six Member-States

    On 4 December 2015, Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, presented the Luxembourg Declaration on the Social and Solidarity Economy in Europe, adopted by Luxembourg, France, Italy, Spain, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia at the "Boosting Social Enterprises in Europe" conference. In the Declaration, the group calls for stepping up support for social economy enterprises and giving particular importance to "developing an adequate financial ecosystem". Nicolas Schmit stressed the need to make the social economy "an important part" of EU social policy. "We invite the Commission to further include the idea of social innovation and social investments linked to the social economy in the context of the review of 2020 Strategy".

    • Other meeting · Press releases
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

    In the framework of the Presidency Conference "Boosting Social Enterprises in Europe", held in Luxembourg on 3rd and 4th December 2015, the representatives of the Governments of France, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Spain adopted a declaration with the title "A roadmap towards a more comprehensive ecosystem for social economy entreprises".

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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

    At the "Boosting Social Enterprises in Europe" conference held on 3 December 2015, a panel of experts focused on the issue of understanding how social innovation, the development and implementation of new ideas to meet social needs, can be created. The conference was organised as part of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU. The experts also discussed the way in which social innovation could be systematically integrated into the launch and development of economic activities.

    • Other meeting · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

    On 3 December 2015, the Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicolas Schmit, opened the "Boosting Social Enterprises in Europe" conference in Luxembourg, which was organised as part of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU. In his opening speech, Nicolas Schmit stressed the "increasingly important role" that the social and solidarity economy plays "in Europe and in a growing number of countries around the world". According to him, it brings together "women and men guided by the idea of solidarity, often out of simple necessity, but always due to the profound belief that humans must be at the centre of all economic activity."

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Development
    Speaking in front of the Members of the European Parliament, Nicolas Schmit reported on the European Year for Development

    On 2 December 2015, Nicolas Schmit, the Minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), addressed the plenary session in Brussels during a debate on the European Year for Development. A few days before the closing ceremony to be held on 9 December 2015 in Luxembourg and in the margins of the informal meeting of the Ministers for Cooperation and Development, Nicolas Schmit delivered the Council's declaration on the implementation and assessment of the European Year, praising 'a stellar example of cooperation between the European Union institutions, Member States, civil society, the private sector and all those with an interest in development'.

    • Ministers in the European Parliament · News articles
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Gender equality on company boards – Nicolas Schmit reviews the state-of-play on discussions on the directive project in the Council before MEPs

    Minister Nicolas Schmit, who heads relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), addressed the plenary meeting of the Assembly which met in Brussels on 2 December 2015 to reply to an oral question on gender equality among the non-executive directors of companies listed on stock markets. The question, submitted by the S&D and EPP political parties, focused more specifically on the state-of-play of discussions within the Council on the directive proposal on the ratio of women on company boards, on which Parliament adopted its position at first reading in November 2013.

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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    New EURES network - Council gives the green light

    On 2 December 2015, the Permanent Representatives Committee approved an agreement reached with the European Parliament for the re-establishment and re-organisation of the already existing EURES (European employment services) network. The new EURES is strengthened and modernized. Its portal becomes an up-to-date mobility tool using the latest IT technologies, accessible for all. “This new regulation on the re-establishment of EURES emphasizes the importance that we all put in one of the fundamental freedoms of Union citizens, the free movement of workers. It offers new job opportunities and is contributing to reduce unemployment in the European Union”, said Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy.

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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    Nicolas Schmit has pointed to the importance of human capital on the occasion of the presentation by Eurofound of the first results of its 6th survey on working conditions in the EU

    Under the auspices of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy organised, in partnership with the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), a conference on working conditions which took place at the Cercle Cité in Luxembourg on 24 November 2015. Eurofound presented the first results from the sixth survey on working conditions in the European Union. During the opening speech, Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Labour and Employment, mentioned that the EPSCO Council had on 5 October adopted Conclusions on a new programme for health and safety at work aimed at encouraging better working conditions.

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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs
    European Meeting of People experiencing Poverty –

    National delegations from 30 European countries – comprising people experiencing poverty and social workers – met in Brussels on 19 and 20 November 2015 in order to participate in the two days of the 13th edition of the European Meeting of People experiencing Poverty, organised by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) with the support of the European Commission and the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). For the occasion, the Presidency's website met several members of the Luxembourg delegation, who, on their return from Brussels, gave an account of their experience of these two days of work.

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    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

    A European platform will be set up to encourage closer cooperation between member states and facilitate the exchange of information and best practices in tackling and preventing undeclared work. On 20 November 2015, the Permanent Representatives Committee approved the compromise text negotiated with European Parliament.

  • Updated 15-07-2015