Informal Meeting of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) - Employment & Social Policy

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO)

from

17.04.2018

09:00

to

18.04.2018

17:00

National Palace of Culture

An informal meeting of the ministers of the European Union responsible for employment and social affairs will take place on 17 and 18 April at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. The two-day meeting will discuss the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights and how they can be applied in order to improve workforce skills and qualifications and ensure equal opportunities and access to the labour market.

During the first day, the ministers will discuss the EU Council Recommendation on improving qualifications and creating new employment opportunities for older people. The programme will also focus on active labour market policies regarding young people and the long-term unemployed.

The delegates will visit the Seventh European Social Entrepreneurship Forum as part of the event.

Bulgaria’s good practices and achievements in implementing the EU Youth Guarantee will be presented during the second day of the event. The employment and social affairs ministers will share experience on how young people and the long-term unemployed can overcome challenges to professional realisation. The participants will also discuss the contribution of the social partners to the implementation of the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

 

Biser Petkov, Minister of Labour and Social Policy of Bulgaria, doorstep

 

Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills, and Labour Mobility, doorstep

 

Arrival, doorstep, handshake

 

Roundtable and opening

 

Family photo

 

Press conference

 

Highlights

 

Photos

Arrival

Handshake

Roundtable

Family photo and press conference

Related documents

Agenda

17 April 2018 | Tuesday

08:40 – 09:30

Arrival at the National Palace of Culture / Registration

09:30 – 10:10

Opening plenary

Biser Petkov, Minister of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria; Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills, and Labour Mobility, European Commission; Heinz Koller, Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, International Labour Organization; Renate Hornung-Draus, Vice-Chair of BusinessEurope's Social Affairs Committee; Valeria Ronzitti, General Secretary of CEEP; Véronique Willems, Secretary General of UEAPME; Luca Visentini, General Secretary of ETUC;

10:10 – 10:20

Digital World: Set Apart by Gender

Virginija Langbakk, Director, European Institute for Gender Equality

10:20 – 10:30

Early Childhood Development

Ulrika Hall, Chair of the Social Protection Committee

11:00 – 12:50

Working Session 1: Delivering on the principle 1 of the European Pillar of Social Rights: Education, Training and Life-long learning

11:00 – 11:20

Implementation of the Council Recommendation on Upskilling Pathways

Ann Branch, Director, Skills, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

11:20 – 11:30

Overview of reform activity in Member States

Ilze Zvidrina, Chair of the Employment Committee

11:30 – 12:50

Panel Discussion on topic: New opportunities for upskilling of adults - good practices and future challenges

12:50 – 13:00

Family photo

13:00 – 14:30

Working lunch

Topic for the lunch debate: Contribution of the social dialog towards the income growth and the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights

14:30 – 15:40

Panel Discussion – continuation

16:00 – 18:00

Future of employment and social policies – high level group

Hotel Marinela Sofia

16:30 – 17:30

Visit to the SEVENTH EUROPEAN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM

Hotel Marinela Sofia

18 April 2018 | Wednesday

09:00 - 12:40

Working Session 2: Delivering on the principle 4 of the European Pillar of Social Rights: Active support to employment

09:00 – 09:20

Implementation of the Council Recommendations on the Integration of the Long-term unemployed into the labour market and the Youth Guarantee - taking stock and future development

Joost Korte, Director General, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

09:20 – 09:35

State of play of youths and long-term unemployed on the EU labour market – remaining challenges

Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director of Eurofound

09:35 – 09:50

Best practices and results achieved on the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Bulgaria

Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria

10:20 – 12:40

Panel Discussion on the topic: Integration of the youth NEET and the LTU into the labour market - good practices and future challenges

12:40 – 12:50

Closing remarks

Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills, and Labour Mobility, European Commission

12:50 – 13:00

Wrapping-up of the working sessions and Closing remarks

Biser Petkov, Minister of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria

13:00 - 13:30

Press Conference

Biser Petkov, Minister of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria; Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills, and Labour Mobility, European Commission;

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