About: Equal opportunities

Economy & Jobs 26-06-2018

Social Germany? Still a long way to equal opportunities

As EU Social Affairs ministers are currently discussing social rights in the labour market, it is striking that, especially in the welfare state of Germany, one's career still depends heavily on where one comes from. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 25-04-2018

Europe fair, but room for improvement- Eurobarometer

Europeans generally see their society as fair, particularly in Scandinavia, but income gap, which has increased greatly, was singled out as an issue of concern, according to a Eurobarometer survey. EURACTIV.fr reports.

Welfare systems should be fair and promote solidarity between generations

In a Europe, with a growing gulf between the “haves” and the “have nots”, we are witnessing that welfare systems are creating what they should overcome: inequality. The purpose of a welfare system is to act as a safety net for everyone, but this is no longer happening, writes Allan Päll.
Digital 24-04-2015

ICT is for women, too

Acknowledging the gender issue sporadically in a male-dominated ICT sector is no longer enough if businesses are serious about bridging the gender gap, writes Afke Schaart.
EU Priorities 2020 17-03-2015

It’s time to deal with gender inequality

Resilient women are agents of change today, but it’s time for European policy makers to counter the inequalities between men and women, writes Shannon Pfohman.
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Health 27-11-2012

EDF on the 3rd European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities

On 5 December, the 3rd European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities will gather more than 400 delegates from organisations of persons with disabilities all around Europe. Together with members of the European Parliament and other decision makers, we will discuss how EU can ensure the protection of the rights of its 80 million citizens with disabilities in this time of crisis. We want an accessible Europe where all citizens have equal rights and opportunities! We want nothing decided about us without us! Learn more at: http://www.edf-feph.org/

Romanian minister: Qualifications are women’s ‘best tool’

Education must provide women with the right qualifications to compete with men, but they also need to be more confident in promoting their values to change mentalities in male-dominated society, said Romanian Transport Minister Anca Boagiu in an interview with EURACTIV.

Enterprise ‘ambassadors’ aim to bridge EU gender gap

The European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors was launched in Stockholm yesterday (5 October), with the aim of "bridging the gender gap" and increasing the number of women starting businesses in Europe.

Lenarduzzi: ‘Women can rescue the economy’

"Our economy has a real problem with under-representation of women," according to Isabella Lenarduzzi, the founder of the 'JUMP' forum, which will take place in Brussels on 23 April. Speaking to EURACTIV in an interview, she explained that "women's role in business is increasingly important".

Men ‘benefit’ from diversity in the workplace

"Our economy has a real problem with under-representation of women," according to Isabella Lenarduzzi, the founder of the 'JUMP' forum, which will take place in Brussels on 23 April. Speaking to EURACTIV in an interview, she explained that "women's role in business is increasingly important".

High hopes as Commission unveils social agenda overhaul

The EU's renewed social agenda, due to be presented today (2 July), will feature proposals on strengthening the fight against discrimination and improving workers' rights and cross-border healthcare. It is one of the Commission's priority projects before the end of its tenure, seen by some as its "last chance" to deliver concrete results on improving the lives of EU citizens.

Commission to scale down anti-discrimination proposal

Due to resistance from conservative member states, the Commission is likely to backtrack on its plans for an anti-discrimination directive, proposing only to offer protection against discrimination on disability grounds.

MEPs call for comprehensive anti-discrimination law

Despite opposition from members of the centre-right EPP-ED Group, the European Parliament's Employment Committee has spoken out in favour of new legislation banning all forms of discrimination.

Time for President Barroso to show leadership on equality

Three and a half years into the Barroso Commission's term, the network of European NGOs working to combat racism (ENAR) reminds the Commission President of his initial announcement that he would introduce a framework directive to cover "all forms of discrimination".

Germany told to step up fight against gay discrimination

Infringement proceedings begun against Germany over Berlin's failure to bring provisions on equal treatment of gay and lesbian partnerships in line with EU directives on the issue are going down badly with Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.
Sports 30-11-2007

Sport and disability

In spite of efforts to promote equal opportunities in Europe, many children and adults with disabilities still do not exercise their full rights to perform sport and physical activities at their desired levels.
Sports 16-10-2007

Regions call for charter for equality in sport

The EU Committee of the Regions is calling on local and regional authorities to assume their core function as providers of sport, leisure and cultural services as key tools in the promotion of social inclusion and combating discrimination. 

Student parents need more support, say MEPs

Young parents who have not yet finished their studies need the support of society at large, in order to realise their potential, contribute to economic growth and sustain birth-rates, a report from the European Parliament suggests.

Commission ups pressure against discrimination

A new Eurobarometer report shows that anti-discrimination legislation is still not sufficiently implemented in the EU. The Commission wants to change that with a European year dedicated to equal opportunities