Employment Council debates European Employment Strategy

The Employment and Social Policy Council will hold a public debate on the European Employment Strategy. It will also focus on the preparation of the Spring European Council at its meeting on 6 March.


The Council is expected to adopt a report containing key messages on the European Employment Strategy (EES) as its contribution to the Spring European Council of 21 March 2003. The report is to state that the future EES should promote the following objectives:

  • full employment by increasing employment rates;
  • quality and productivity at work;
  • social cohesion and an inclusive labour market.

The Council is also expected to adopt a decision establishing a Tripartite Social Summit for Growth and Employment. The draft decision proposes that the membership of the summit shall consist of the Council Presidency and the two subsequent Presidencies, the Commission and the social partners (labour and management). The objective of the summit is to ensure that there is continuous concertation between these parties on economic, social and employment matters.

Other issues to be discussed by the Council include the European Health Insurance Card, the European Employment Services Network, the Commission's Communication on the Free Movement of Workers, temporary work and gender mainstreaming.