European Council Meeting

The European Council defines the EU’s overall political direction and priorities. It is not one of the EU’s legislating institutions, so does not negotiate or adopt EU laws. Instead it sets the EU’s policy agenda, traditionally by adopting ‘conclusions’ during European Council meetings which identify issues of concern and actions to take. More recently, the European…

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Employment, Social Policy, Health & Consumer Affairs Council

The EPSCO Council brings together ministers responsible for employment, social affairs, health and consumer policy from all EU member states. Relevant European Commissioners also participate in meetings. There are usually four EPSCO meetings a year. Two of the meetings are generally devoted exclusively to employment and social policy topics. About employment and social policy The…

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Concrete actions to tackle poverty and rising inequality based on social rights are necessary to ensure AGS 2017 delivers on signs of hope | Letter to the EPSCO Council

At the EPSCO meeting on the 8-9 December, the Social Ministers will discuss their first response to the 2017 Annual Growth Survey, in the context of the upcoming European Pillar of Social Rights. EAPN wrote a letter to the EPSCO Council to highlight our key concerns regarding this topic. In this letter, EAPN calls on Social Ministers to…

European Council Meeting

The European Council defines the EU’s overall political direction and priorities. It is not one of the EU’s legislating institutions, so does not negotiate or adopt EU laws. Instead it sets the EU’s policy agenda, traditionally by adopting ‘conclusions’ during European Council meetings which identify issues of concern and actions to take. More recently, the European…

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Council Conclusions on ‘Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion: an Integrated Approach’

The Council calls on the Commission and the Member States to develop an integrated approach to combat poverty and social exclusion by combining adequate income support, access to quality services and inclusive labour markets, while ensuring equal opportunities for women and men. This is stated in the Conclusions on ‘Combating poverty and social exclusion: an…