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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.
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.
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.
The Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, together with the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), held a conference in Brussels on 17 November 2015 entitled "TTIP - What's in it for the social partners?". The purpose of the conference, which brought together social partners from the 28 Member States for the first time, was to address different aspects of the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being discussed by the EU and the USA, and in respect of which a number of concerns have been put forward.
The Minister for Labour and Employment, Nicolas Schmit, gave a press conference on the occasion of the meeting of the EU Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) organised on 12 November 2015 in Luxembourg at the initiative of the Luxembourg Presidency. He noted the need to review the recruitment and training of labour inspectors in the EU, and to give them the tools and competences to carry out their mission in a world of work that is undergoing a profound transformation, particularly with the impact of the digital economy.
The School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme and the School Milk Scheme are currently separate programmes under which EU aid is allocated to member states. In January 2014, the Commission presented two proposals merging the schemes and amending the new Single Common Market Organisation (single CMO) regulation under the reformed Common agricultural policy (CAP) (5958/14) and the regulation fixing certain aids and refunds (6054/14). Following the examination of the proposal in the Council, on 12 October 2015 the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) granted the Presidency a mandate to enter the first trilogue with the European Parliament on this proposal. The first trilogue took place on 20 October. The main issue at the time was the legal basis of the proposal, on which the mandate prepared for the 2nd trilogue shows some opening. At the end of the 2nd trilogue on 11 November, while recalling its attachment to reach a positive conclusion of this issue, the Presidency deems that it is appropriate to wait before setting the date of the next trilogue. It considers that further informal contacts in the meantime will allow to clarify some elements discussed and will facilitate those negotiations to resume efficiently as soon as possible.
The General Directorate for Health and Food Safety - DG SANTE, together with the European External Action Service - EEAS and the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Council, have organized in Brussels the 11 and 12 November 2015 a two-days seminar on SPS and Food Safety issues. The aim of this seminar was to promote cooperation and coordination with the ASEM countries, on scientific and technical aspects of food security. The importance of food safety in the trade exchanges, especially in a globalized world, between the European Union and the Asian countries was highly underlined.
On 10 and 11 November 2015, the Luxembourg Presidency, with the support of the European Commission, organised a conference entitled 'Digital Economy: Let’s be ready for the new Jobs!' During the first day of the conference, decision makers, social partners and experts discussed the digitalisation of the economy and its impact on employment, public policy responses to this challenge and the role of the European Social Fund.
The second day of the event 'Digital Economy Conference: Let’s be ready for the new jobs!' organised by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, in cooperation with the European Commission, was held in Luxembourg on 11 November 2015. On this occasion, the panel of experts was asked to discuss investment in human capital to deal with the ongoing digital revolution. The Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicolas Schmit, concluded the conference by calling for reflection on 'anew digital deal'.
On 7 November 2015, Nicolas Schmit, the Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social Economy, attended the 11th Mediterranean Economic Rendezvous. This conference, organised by the Mediterranean Institute/Femise and the Circle of Economists, closed the Marseilles Mediterranean economic week by highlighting the need to "strengthen the partnership between the European Union and the Maghreb through training and entrepreneurship". The initiative presented in July 2015 by the Luxembourg Presidency during the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities was at the heart of discussions. It received the full support of the economists, experts, actors on the ground and political leaders present at the meeting. In their final declaration, they consider this proposal to be "a first essential step in tackling the problem of youth unemployment".