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Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Volume 577: debated on Monday 10 March 2014

The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will be held on 10 March 2014 in Brussels.

The Council will seek a general approach on a Council decision on the guidelines for the employment policies of the member states, and agreement in principle on a text of a decision on a tripartite social summit for growth and employment. As the latter is subject to the European Union Act 2011, its final agreement and adoption will require the approval of Parliament by primary legislation.

There will be a policy debate on the European semester, for a contribution to the March European Council.

The Council will be invited to adopt a recommendation on a quality framework for traineeships and the Council conclusions and subsequent reports on the 2014 annual growth survey and joint employment report and the social situation in the EU.

The Commission will present its communication on the “The EU 2020 headline targets” which will be followed by an exchange of views.

Under “any other business”, the Commission will present its proposals for the gender recast directive report and the report on the two anti-discrimination directives. The presidency will report on ongoing issues and there will be a presentation from the Chairs of the Social Policy Committee and the Employment Committee on their 2014 work programmes.