About: equality

Time to adopt the Equal Treatment Directive

According to a 2015 Eurobarometer survey, around 12% of people in Europe consider themselves at risk of discrimination. In fact, any person in Europe could potentially fall victim to this injustice, write Birgit Van Hout and Tena Šimonović Einwalter.
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.
Health 24-11-2017

Andriukaitis: National health systems need ‘fundamental reform’

EU countries could save money and lives by increasing investment in disease prevention and health promotion, the European Commission said on Thursday (23 November), stressing that good health policy requires political will across all sectors.
Health 08-11-2017

Europe’s excluded are falling through the cracks of healthcare

Whether it is an elderly German man who lost his job or a young boy that reached Europe fleeing war at home, Europe’s excluded are falling through the cracks of healthcare systems, writes Médecins du Monde.
Economy & Jobs 19-07-2017

Commission strives to reach 40% women in management by end of mandate

The European Commission has come up with new measures on Wednesday (19 June) to reach the target of having 40% of women in top positions by the end of its mandate in 2019.

Survey: EU citizens want equal rights for foreign residents

Despite the rise of populism in Europe, most EU citizens broadly reject the idea of national preference for employment, according to a survey carried out in five European countries. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 07-09-2016

Dijsselbloem: Fight tax avoidance to boost EU equality

Fighting tax avoidance should be a cornerstone of a push by EU authorities for greater equality as they seek a response to a rise in populism across the continent, the head of eurozone finance ministers said on Tuesday (6 September).
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European Equality Gala 2015

European Equality Gala 2016

Do you believe in equality for all? If your answer is yes, save the date and come to the European Equality Gala 2016 - the main fundraising party for the European Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex movement on 29 June!
EU Priorities 2020 08-03-2016

Grybauskaite: Politics will stop being a men’s club if women dare to dream

It is a long path to the EU leaders' table, but if women dare to pursue their convictions in political life, politics will stop being a men's club, said Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, one of only three women leaders in the European Council.

Breaking barriers for businesswomen: A resolution on female entrepreneurship

Despite existing equality legislation, women are massively underrepresented in business. Stronger implementation of EU directives and changes to national social policies can turn this around, writes Barbara Matera.

Women still only earn 80p for every pound a man is paid

Wednesday (4 November) marks a sad day for working women across the United Kingdom, writes Julie Girling.

New mandate for EESC ignores civil society

The EU will lose all credibility in the eyes of its citizens if it continues to appoint institutions in an unrepresentative, gender imbalanced way, argues Madi Sharma.

Irish referendum stirs up same-sex marriage debate in Germany

Conservative opposition to same-sex unions in Germany is beginning to crumble after a referendum over the weekend legalised gay marriage in ultra-Catholic Ireland. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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UN: Austerity hurts services vital to gender equality

Spending cuts are hurting public and social services that give women the chance to find paid work, independence and a chance at equality, a UN report warns.
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Economy & Jobs 08-10-2014

Conchita Wurst sings for equality in the European Parliament

Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performed in front of the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, as part of a campaign to fight discrimination and support equal rights across the EU.

Breaking through the rising tide of conservatism in Europe

Looking at the state of public discourses and political debates in European countries today, there are indeed many reasons to be concerned with candidates feeding on fears and frustrations to win votes, write Evelyne Paradis and Michael Privot, whose organisations joined forces to push an all-out equality agenda through the EU election campaign. 
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Gender equality – Is a quota system the best approach?

In its ‘Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015’, the European Commission committed itself to supporting the promotion of gender equality in the implementation of all aspects and flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy, and also to promoting female entrepreneurship and self-employment. In 2012, the discussion focused intensively on gender balance in the boards of companies, with the aim to reduce the barriers for women to access board positions and to improve corporate governance and company performance.

EU’s new gender equality plan gets mixed response

The European Commission's new five-year strategy for gender equality in the EU – which keeps company board quotas on the agenda – has been widely welcomed, but some have criticised it for a lack of concrete measures.

Europeans fear recession’s impact on discrimination

Sixty-four percent of f Europeans believe the economic crisis will bring more discrimination in the job market, according to a new Eurobarometer opinion survey released by the European Commission this week (9 November).

Social partners sign deal to boost parental leave

Parental leave will be increased from three to four months and will apply to all employees regardless of the type of contract, according to an agreement signed yesterday (18 June) by social partners in presence of Vladimír Špidla, EU commissioner for employment, social affairs and equal opportunities.

EU-wide campaign seeks to eliminate gender pay gap

Ahead of International Women's Day (8 March), the European Commission yesterday (3 March) launched a EU-wide campaign to help narrow the pay gap between women and men and boost gender equality.

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.

MEP: Gender stereotypes holding back women scientists

Europe should not shy away from positive discrimination as a means of promoting female scientists as it will help tackle skills shortages in scientific disciplines, argues the author of a Parliament report on women in science in an interview with EURACTIV.

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.