Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of 8 and 9 December 2022

Indicative programme

All times are approximate and subject to change

Employment and social policy (Thursday 8 December)

Chair: Marian Jurečka, Czech Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

from 08.30
Arrivals (live streaming)

Doorstep by Minister Jurečka (live streaming)

Beginning of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (Employment and social policy)
Adoption of the agenda

09.40 (public session)
– 09.40 Directive on improving working conditions in platform work
– 11.00 European Semester 2023
– 12.30 Council Recommendation on adequate minimum income ensuring active inclusion
– 12.40 Conclusions on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the labour market
– 12.45 Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos at work

13.00 Any other business: (public session)
– 13.00 Current legislative proposals: Decision on the European Year of Skills 2023
– 13.05 Update on the Czech Government’s meetings in Ukraine

15.00 (public session)
– 15.00 Any other business: The European Platform on Combatting Homelessness
– 15.05 European CARE Strategy
– 16.45 Council Recommendation on access to affordable high-quality long-term care
– 17.00 Council Recommendation on early childhood education and care: The Barcelona targets for 2030
– 17.15 Conclusions on gender equality in disrupted economies: Focus on the young generation
– 17.25 Directive on equal treatment (Article 19)

17.30 Any other business: (public session)
– 17.30 Current legislative proposals: Directive on strengthening the role and independence of equality bodies
–  17.35 Presidency conferences

Work programme of the incoming Presidency

+/- 18.15
Press conference in 
live streaming.

Videos and photos from the event

Health (Friday 9 December)

Chair: Vlastimil Válek, Czech Minister of Health

from 08.00
Arrivals (live streaming)

Doorstep by Minister Válek (live streaming)

Beginning of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (Health)

09.40 (public session)
– 09.40 COVID-19 vaccine procurement
– 11.40 Council Recommendation on strengthening prevention through early detection: A new EU approach on cancer screening replacing Council Recommendation 2003/878/EC
– 11.55 Conclusions on vaccination as one of the most effective tools for preventing disease and improving public health
– 12.00 Regulation on the European Health Data Space
– 12.10 Regulation on standards of quality and safety for substances of human origin intended for human application and repealing Directives 2002/98/EC and 2004/23/EC

14.45 (public session)
Any other business:
– 14.45 Implementation of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR)
– 15.20 Revision of Pharmaceutical legislation

Clinical trials information system

15.50 (public session)
– 15.50 Negotiations for an international agreement on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, as well as complementary amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005)
– 16.05 European Union Global Health strategy
– 16.15 State of Health Preparedness Report
– 16.25 Presidency conferences

Work programme of the incoming Presidency

+/- 17.00
Press conference in 
live streaming.