Eurofound and the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU
Lithuania holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2013. The priorities of the Lithuanian EU presidency in the social field, as presented by the Lithuanian Ministry of Social Security and Labour at a recent conference in Vilnius, stress the importance of four key elements: better jobs, rights of workers, the social dimension of the EU and gender equality.
The Lithuanian Presidency will continue to focus on youth employment and work towards provision of Youth Guarantees. It will work with ministers and social partners to draft legislation regarding a European Alliance for Apprenticeships. It will seek to strengthen social integration of young people, in particular those who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs).
During the Presidency, ministerial discussions will take place on one aspect of the Social Investment Package (SIP), namely Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage. During the European Year of Citizens in 2013, the Presidency also plans to make progress on a range of initiatives aimed to protect workers’ rights, including migrant workers.
Eurofound will work with the Lithuanian government to bring new research findings, data and recommendations to European policymakers. It has produced a Lithuania fact sheet to mark the start of the Lithuanian Presidency. Common priorities include:
- youth and employment – with recent work on NEETs;
- job creation – through the daily updating of its restructuring events database and the European Jobs Monitor;
- social cohesion – with timely publications on active inclusion for young people with disabilities or health problems;
- well-being and future opportunities of children – with a recent project on Parenting support in Europe, and in-depth research on childcare services;
- gender equality and gender mainstreaming – with findings on women, men and working conditions in Europe to be published later this year.
During the six-month period, Eurofound will contribute to a number of Presidency events.
Results from Eurofound’s forthcoming report on More and better jobs in home care services will be presented for the first time at a high-level event in Brussels on 12 September 2013. This one-day conference, under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency, will launch the new report and assess the policy challenges for long-term care as well as personal household services, particularly in relation to job creation and the quality of jobs in this sector.
Other events include:
- Youth Working Party meeting, Brussels, 08/07/2013
- EPSCO Informal meeting, Vilnius, 11-12/07/2013
- EU Youth Conference and DG Youth Meeting, Vilnius, 09-12/09/2013
- Gender Equality Conference, Vilnius, 13/09/2013
- Joint Informal SPC and EMCO, Kaunas, 18-19/09/2013
- Conference on Mental health: Challenges and possibilities, Vilnius, 10-11/10/2013
- Chairs of Employment and Social Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of EU Member States, Vilnius, 10-11/11/2013
- European Social Fund (ESF) Conference, Vilnius, 14-15/11/2013
- Heads of Public Employment Service, Vilnius, 09-10/12/2013
- Closing conference for European Year of Citizens, Vilnius, 13/12/2013