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12 July 2016
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Notice: Informal meeting of the employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs council - EPSCO

On 14 and 15 July 2016, the Reduta in Bratislava will host one of the most important events organised by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family during the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU – an informal meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO). The meeting will be primarily devoted to the highly topical issue of ‘Facing social and technological challenges in the world of work – demographic change, migration and digitalisation’. The discussion will reflect on changes and development in three areas – digitalisation, robotisation as a challenge for the European labour market, the aging of the population and labour migration within the EU.

The two-day meeting of ministers, members of the delegations of EU Member States and other experts will be chaired by the Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, Ján Richter, with the active participation of the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, the director of the Centre for Social and Psychological Sciences of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Martina Lubyová, the  Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia of the ILO, Heinz Koller, the Permanent State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Thorben Albrecht and the President of CEMEET (the Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based industries), Ineke Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink. Other speakers at the meeting will include Jean-Christophe Dumont, the head of the International Migration Division of the OECD, Denis Meynent, a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and Juan Menéndez-Valdés, the director of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound).

The agenda of the meeting includes a thematic working visit for the meeting’s attendees to a confectionery plant at Sereď operated by I.D.C. Holding, a.s., which is a modern example of the effect of digitalisation and automation on the character of work.

A press conference with the Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, Ján Richter, and the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, is scheduled to take place at 12.40 on 15 July 2016 in the press centre in the Reduta, E. Suchoň Square 1 (‘Námestie E. Suchoňa 1’) in Bratislava.

The issue of ensuring decent work for all, fewer people living in poverty and also support for equal treatment and equal opportunities will be the priorities of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family during the Slovak Presidency. Another important topic will be active aging. In the area of employment, priority will be given to finding solutions for long-term unemployment and youth unemployment, focussing in particular on how the Commission’s current initiatives can be used for that purpose.

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