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The EPSCO European Council for Employment and Social Policies, scheduled for June in Luxembourg, replaced by a videoconference

2020 May 21
  • Coreper-Committee of Permanent Representatives, analyzes the proposals made by Autonomous Communities and regions regarding Employment and Social Policies

Brussels, 2020 05 21

The face-to-face Council of Ministers of European Employment and Social Policies-EPSCO, scheduled for June 11 in Luxembourg, in which the Basque Country would present the common positions adopted by the Autonomous Communities regarding Demographic Challenges and Conciliation and Long-term Care , will be replaced by a ministerial videoconference to be held on June 9 from Brussels.

As detailed by the Deputy Minister of Employment and Youth of the Basque Government, Marcos Muro, "as will happen with the rest of the European ministerial councils, the Council presidency has planned a new schedule of ministerial Videoconferences that will take place throughout June "

During these days, the preparatory working groups of the EPSCO Council and COREPER (Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the member states, an organ with political and administrative functions, composed of a representative of each State of the Union, with rank Ambassador and a representative of the European Commission) analyze the proposals for conclusions presented by the states and to which the Autonomous Communities and Regions have made contributions expressed in the form of the so-called "common positions", explains Muro

The Basque Country represents the Autonomous Communities in terms of Employment and Social Policies in the current first semester of 2020, coinciding with the Croatian presidency, a task that, from July, will correspond to Aragon in the German biannual presidency.


European Semester Spring Package:

Recommendations for a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic


"Sustainable and inclusive growth that facilitates the ecological transition and digital transformation" + The European Pillar of Social Rights is referential + The Recommendations highlight the "preservation of employment"


Yesterday, the Commission has proposed country-specific recommendations (CSRs) providing economic policy guidance to all EU Member States in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, focused on the most urgent challenges brought about by the pandemic and on relaunching sustainable growth.

The recommendations are structured around two objectives: in the short-term, mitigating the coronavirus pandemic's severe negative socio-economic consequences; and in the short to medium-term, achieving sustainable and inclusive growth which facilitates the green transition and the digital transformation.

The Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy outlined the Commission's growth strategy, based on promoting competitive sustainability to build an economy that works for people and the planet. With the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis this remains of utmost importance. The recommendations cover the four dimensions of competitive sustainability -stability, fairness, environmental sustainability and competitiveness- and place a specific emphasis on health. The recommendations also reflect the Commission's commitment to integrating the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals into the European Semester as they offer an integrated framework encompassing public health, social, environmental and economic concerns.

The recommendations cover areas such as investing in public health and resilience of the health sector, preserving employment through income support for affected workers, investing in people and skills, supporting the corporate sector (in particular small and medium-sized enterprises) and taking action against aggressive tax planning and money laundering. Recovery and investment must go hand-in-hand, reshaping the EU economy faced with the digital and green transitions.

Next steps

A coordinated European economic response is crucial to relaunch economic activity, mitigate damage to the economic and social fabric, and to reduce divergences and imbalances. The European Semester of economic and employment policy coordination therefore constitutes a crucial element of the recovery strategy.  Against this background, the Commission calls on the Council to adopt these country-specific recommendations and on Member States to implement them fully and in a timely manner.

Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, said: “Supporting workers, reinforcing social protection, fighting inequalities and guaranteeing people the right to develop their skills will be top priorities for our economic response to the crisis, as well as to ensure inclusive green and digital transitions. We can only achieve this together. The European Pillar of Social Rights remains our compass in these endeavours. The post-coronavirus recovery must foster resilience and upward convergence by putting people at the centre.”


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Factsheet: European Semester Spring Package

Communication on the country-specific recommendations

Country-specific recommendations

Reports under Article 126(3)

Sixth enhanced surveillance report for Greece

Post-programme surveillance report for Spain

Post-programme surveillance report for Cyprus

European Semester 2020: Country reports

Spring 2020 Economic Forecast

Stability and Growth Pact

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The European Semester


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