Visio-conférence des ministres européens du travail
Les ministres européens du travail et des affaires sociales ont tenu une visio-conférence le 9 juin 2020.
EPSCO ministers on how to make national employment and social policies more robust and labour markets more resilient
EU ministers for employment and social affairs have held their third meeting during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time, the focus of the discussion was on recovery.
The discussion was structured around the following questions prepared by the presidency : ·
- Various flexible working arrangements, such as remote work, flexible working hours, and innovative ICT technologies have been widely used during the COVID-19 crisis. Do you consider that continuing to use them in the future would be economically and socially beneficial in the long run ? ·
- What are your plans regarding upskilling/reskilling, given the shifts in the world of work caused by COVID-19, and also in the light of the ongoing digital and green transitions ? ·
- In the context of the COVID -19 pandemic, how are you addressing the protection and promotion of gender equality, especially in relation to vulnerable groups ?
Ministers welcomed the adoption of the Recovery package, but stressed that the COVID-19 crisis has given rise to serious challenges in the employment and social policy area, in particular as a result of the widespread use of IT tools, teleworking and videoconferencing. Ministers identified social isolation, data protection, workers’ health and the protection of employees and workers’ rights among the most challenging issues. In relation to the radical transformation of working patterns, many delegations highlighted the need to continue the social dialogue and the important role that the social partners should play in this transition.
Ministers also stressed that the current crisis had only accentuated the need for upskilling and reskilling as ways to support economic recovery and social cohesion and to build an economy and societies which would be more resilient in view of future challenges.
In relation to gender equality, many ministers identified domestic violence as a serious issue during the COVID-19 lockdown. They shared experiences in relation to combatting domestic violence and providing assistance to victims. Ministers broadly agreed that recovery policies should be designed with gender equality in mind, in particular given the fact that key duties during the current health crisis had been performed by women.
Under any other business, the presidency informed ministers about the ongoing Semester process and the 2020 country-specific recommendations (CSRs).