Collaboration on EU Social Policy and Measures

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Ireland collaborates with the European Commission and Member States to develop social policy and appropriate supporting indicators and monitoring tools. This is developed at the Employment Affairs and Social Protection Committee and its Indicators Sub-Group. An Open Method of Co-ordination (Social OMC) is used to co-ordinate policies and good practice on social inclusion, pensions, health and long-term care policy dimensions. This work feeds into the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO).

EU peer reviews are a key instrument in the Social OMC for promoting policy learning, capacity building and support for exchange of good practice. Ireland periodically hosts and participates in these reviews.

Annual conventions are held, as part of the Europe 2020 Strategy, to take stock of progress made towards the headline EU poverty target to promote inclusive growth. Ireland is represented at the Convention.

Last modified:01/04/2016