"Equality between men and women in the works of the EP": statements by Marjeta Cotman, Slovenian Minister for Labour, Family and Social Affairs, Vladimír Špidla, and Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Member of the EP
End production: 10/03/2008 First transmission: 06/03/2008
To celebrate the International Women's Day, the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament organised a seminar on "The gender mainstreaming in parliamentary work" that was focused on the exchange of best practices with the national parliaments on how to integrate the gender dimension across all policies in the parliamentary work. The Network of Committees on Equal Opportunities of the European Union was invited to participate and the delegations of each national parliament had the possibility to present their comments and experience.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Brussels
||Marjeta Cotman, Slovenian Minister for Labour, Family and Social Affairs and President in office of the Council, (in SLOVENIAN) asking what the role of women in parliament's today political life is; saying that the number of women is growing very slowly; the average of parliamentary seats in the Member States of the EU is 23%, and in the EP it is 33%; their goal is 40% but it is a long way to achieve it; it is very important to confirm the EU's contribution to achieve this goal, an equal representation of both sexes in the political life
||Vladimír Špidla, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, (in CZECH) saying that as for the pay gap, the Commission will initiate in 2008 an action to raise awareness about the pay gap with a view to ensuring proper implementation of legislation;
as for the work life balance, the social partners have decided to carry out an assessment of the European legislation with a view of a potential review later on; the Commission will present in 2008 a report on the implementation of the Barcelona goals on child care facilities;
as for access to managerial positions, the Commission recently published a report showing that women are under represented in key positions in business and politics
||Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Vice-President of the EP, (in GREEK) saying that they are always looking as to how the work of the European Parliament can become more aware and engaged more fully with women's issues; the work of the women's rights committee has numerous of achievements if you look at the opinions, the votes and reports until the votes in the Plenary sessions
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