It also held an exchange of views on the strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019 and on the European Semester including the priorities outlined in the annual growth survey 2016. Regarding the latter, Mr Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy said: Social triple "A" should not remain a formula without clear consequences for citizens. The rebalancing of governance is not only a necessity, it is becoming increasingly urgent. Effective coordination between EPSCO and ECOFIN is therefore essential.
The Council took stock of progress on the equal treatment directive.
The Council adopted conclusions on:
- equality between women and men in the area of decision making;
- the promotion of the social economy as a key driver of economic and social development in Europe;
- social governance for an inclusive Europe.
The Presidency informed the Council about the successful negotiations with the European Parliament on both the EURES network and the Platform against undeclared work. These agreements should allow for the adoption of both legislative acts in the near future.
Finally, the Presidency drew attention to the various conferences held in Luxembourg and highlighted in particular the conference “Investing in people” where Nicolas Schmit stressed the need to take into account the impact of digitisation on the transformation of the labour market, a point also agreed on by the European Commission.