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Extracts from the press conference by Viviane Reding on the EU aim to reduce the pay gap between men and women

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On the occasion of the International Women's Day, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, presented during a press conference the new findings of a Eurobarometer survey on attitudes to gender equality for the launch of the Gender Pay Gap Campaign 2010. Against the current economic backdrop, gender equality has a key role to play in boosting competitiveness, economic recovery and growth. Only by employing all the smart brains and committed workers that Europe has will the EU make a successful exit from the current crisis. The gender pay gap is the average difference between men’s and women’s hourly earnings within the economy as a whole. Across Europe women earn on average around 18% less than men and in some countries the gender pay gap is widening.
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Type: EbS   Reference: 68711   Date: 05/03/2010   Duration: 00:03:22
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