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