This initiative, which is part of the youth employment package presented by the Commission last December, is a response to the high level of youth unemployment in the current economic context.
Furthermore, the Council will hold a debate on the 2013 European Semester exercise, the annual monitoring of economic policies and structural reforms. The results of the debate will form part of the EPSCO ministers´ messages to the European Council for its meeting on 14 and 15 March. In the framework of this debate, the Council is due to – adopt conclusions providing political guidance for employment and social policies on the basis of the Annual Growth Survey for 2013 and the Joint Employment Report, which were both presented by the Commission to the EPSCO Council at its meeting in December. The Joint Employment Report is also expected to be adopted by the Council, so that it can be submitted to the European Council.
- agree that the guidelines for the employment policies of the member states, adopted in 2010, will remain unchanged for 2013 to ensure a focus on their implementation
- endorse key messages on the social situation and trends to watch in the Union, drafted by the EU´s Social Protection Committee.
Finally, ministers will be briefed by the presidency about the preparations for the traditional Tripartite Social Summit between the social partners and the EU institutions which will take place on 14 March, before the start of the European Council meeting.