About: Helena Dalli

Politics 12-05-2022

Commissioner Dalli: Eurovision ‘undisputed element’ of European shared cultural identity

Artistic events bring people together, overcoming divisions and barriers, and as such, the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is an "undisputed element" of the European shared cultural identity, which could this year help renew the call for peace on the continent, according to Maltese EU Commissioner Helena Dalli.
Health 10-03-2022

Disability ministers call for ‘more just and inclusive’ EU

The EU needs to take additional steps to ensure people with disabilities have greater access to jobs and rights across the bloc, Sophie Cluzel, the French Secretary of State in charge of people with disabilities, told her European counterparts in Paris on Wednesday (9 March).  EURACTIV France reports.
Health 28-10-2021

Pandemic has brought major setbacks for gender equality, new report says

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted gender equality, mental and reproductive health across Europe, with little to no progress being made over the last 12 months, according to a report presented on Thursday (28 October) by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). 
Non-discrimination 25-03-2021

Unbalanced hate: Lack of data abets geography of discrimination in Europe

A lack of equalities data across the EU contributes to structural and institutional inequalities, stakeholders say. The European Commission has promised to pursue better data collection on race and ethnicity to better tackle discrimination. “Over the past few years, we...
Non-discrimination 25-03-2021

Where is discrimination in Europe?

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According to available data from the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and other organisations, encroachments on fundamental rights are widespread in European countries.
Economy & Jobs 04-03-2021

Asking job seekers to reveal previous salaries is ‘discrimination’, EU’s Dalli says

The EU's Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, presented on Thursday (4 March) the first EU-wide compulsory rules to force companies to disclose salaries by type of work and employees’ sex. The goal is to tackle the pay gap between men and women in the EU, currently at 14%.

Abortion rights: An open wound in many European countries

Poland already had one of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, and is on the verge of tightening it even further. But a closer look at other European countries shows the trend does not go towards liberalisation either, while at EU level, the European Commission is legally unarmed.
Non-discrimination 02-11-2020

Women’s rights: We cannot go back a single day

Despite modest progress, the EU is still decades away from obtaining gender equality and the overall picture is still bleak, writes Helena Dalli.
Non-discrimination 29-07-2020

EU denies grants to anti-LGBT Polish towns

The European Commission has rejected applications from six Polish towns to take part in a subsidised twinning programme because of their official attitude to the LGBT community.
Non-discrimination 29-06-2020

Dalli: ‘There is structural racism also inside the Commission’

Helena Dalli is the first European Commissioner for Equality, an issue to which she dedicated a big part of her life. In an interview with EURACTIV, she said that racism is “alive” in Europe, and called for "thinking 'out of the box'" to address the structural biases inside the Commission.
Non-discrimination 23-06-2020

European Commission joins LGBT+ stars as fears COVID-19 fuels inequality

The European Commission has joined forces with singer Elton John, tennis legend Billie Jean King and actor Sir Ian McKellen, to call for support for the LGBT+ community, warning that inequalities have been exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis.
Non-discrimination 18-06-2020

Discrimination against LGBTI community in Germany higher than EU average

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has severely limited the celebrations of Pride Month. However, it may be necessary to pay attention to the LGBTI community given that discrimination based on sexual identity is not uncommon in Germany, according to several studies. EURACTIV Germany reports.

LGBTI discrimination still going strong in Europe, warns EU rights body

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual people's organisations have denounced a lack of progress in the recognition of sexual minorities rights in the EU ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on Sunday (17 May). 
Future EU 02-10-2019

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Reynders/Dalli/Ferreira

On Wednesday (2 October), the European Parliament's committees will be holding hearings with Commissioner-designates Didier Reynders (Belgium, Justice), Helena Dalli (Malta, Equality) and Elisa Ferreira (Portugal, Cohesion and Reforms).
Freedom of thought 24-02-2017

Malta minister says politicians must ‘help shape public opinion’ on LGBTI rights

Malta’s minister for civil liberties has kicked off a conference on LGBTI rights across the EU with a call for politicians to swim against the tide by “helping shape public opinion, not to be led by it".